Ecole Saint-Charles hosts Celia Pym’s ‘The Voyageuse Collection’

Since 2016, British artist Celia Pym has been conducting a research project on the restoration of stage costumes by the Société des Bains de Mer at the New National Museum of Monaco.

© Directorate of Communication / Stéphane Danna
© Directorate of Communication / Stéphane Danna

This Friday, October 12, at the Ecole Saint-Charles, the artist inaugurated ‘The Voyageur Collection’. This educational project, conceived in collaboration with the artist, is the first in a series of out-of-the-wall workshops based around NMNM collections. A team of the Museum, accompanied by a few fragments of fabrics, embroidery, headdresses and accessories from the collection of costumes of the Monte-Carlo Opera House in deposit at the Museum, will animate several workshops in schools, associations and medical proposing to discover this ‘Voyageuse Collection’. From touch to drawing to poetry, these creative workshops will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues of conservation and restoration.

Celia Pym will host Saturday, October 13 at Villa Paloma a workshop called ‘Repair’ which will bring together fifteen people accompanied by their textile parts to repair. The meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss issues related to this approach, including how and why we repair, patch and mend the fabrics. Finally, this workshop will examine the qualities of tenderness and care inherent in the act of reparation.

From October 12 to November 18, the public can discover in ‘The Table of Contents’ Flying Gold Cape, result of a performance designed around a single artifact: a golden cape, embroidered with many sequins, initially created by the workshop costumes from the Monte Carlo Opera House and repaired by the artist. This performance took place in 2018 in Iceland, the United Kingdom and Monaco.