It has just been announced that the Clubhouse in Gustavia will reopen on December 12. However, until a few post-Irma “short-term inconveniences” can be ironed out – no air conditioning, no washing or bathroom facilities, and drinks will be served in disposable cups – opening hours will be limited to between 6 pm and 9 pm.
Meanwhile, on Monday, December 18, the Commodore is hosting a soirée in Monaco for Gustavia Yacht Club members from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.
Over Christmas drinks and canapés, the gathering is to bring together those members of the Club who have not left yet for warmer climates ahead of the holiday season and to celebrate the New Year.
Updates will be given on the preparations to open the Clubhouse in Gustavia, on the status of the IRMA disaster relief fund and the latest on reciprocal arrangements with other Yacht Clubs.
Gustavia Yacht Club also hosted a joint event with the Manhattan Yacht Club in New York on December 6, represented by Treasurer Ken Griggs and interim Club Manager Celia Meralikan, who is now in St Barts in an attempt to open the Clubhouse as early as possible.
Members who wish to attend the Monaco Christmas cocktail should contact Celia Meralikan at Gustavia Yacht Club.
[caption id="attachment_26434" align="alignnone" width="719"] Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco in France, and Miss Mouna Lekhnati. Photo: DR[/caption]
His Excellency Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco to France, attended the 58th Award Ceremony of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocation on Monday, December 11, where he presented one of the prizes.
This Foundation, chaired by Elisabeth Badinter, offers financial awards young men and women who are particularly deserving in different fields of activity, from literature to sport, science, research and the environment.
During the Ceremony held at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the Ambassador of Monaco presented the HSH Prince Albert II Prize to Miss Mouna Lekhnati, a young 22-year-old planner, who plans to build a Smart City, thanks to her studies in technology and sustainable development.
The vocational prize will allow this young woman to finance part of her tuition fees and help her in the beginning of her future career.
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The NMNM (Nouveau Musée National de Monaco) and UBS Monaco have renewed their partnership, continuing a collaboration that has lasted for five years.
Agnes Falco, Managing Director, General Manager of UBS (Monaco) SA, said: "As an economic actor of Monaco for more than 60 years, it is our responsibility to make a lasting commitment to develop the attractiveness of the market by investing both in the development of our offers and services and in supporting Contemporary Art is part of the DNA of the UBS brand.
Ms Falco added, “This partnership with the NMNM reflects our deep desire to actively participate in the cultural development of the Principality, by allowing the Museum to perfect its collection and to be able to offer an exhibition programme within Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber throughout the year.”
Welcoming the renewal of the bank’s support, Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the New National Museum of Monaco, commented: “From the beginning of our partnership and to this day, we have been fortunate to have support and understanding of a rare philanthropic quality in relation to our needs and requests.
Thanks to UBS, for the year 2018 and those to come, we will be able to continue our research and carry out a complete programme of amazing and original exhibition projects.”
Among the highlights of the 2018 programme, the NMNM will present an exhibition of ten recent acquisitions that have integrated the Museum's collections with the support of UBS. The artists honoured in this first instalment are Matti Braun, Natalie du Pasquier, Francesco Gennari, Apostolos Georgiou, Jef Geys, Joao Maria Gusmao plus Pedro Paiva, Jean-Michel Sanejouand and Daniel Steegmann Mangrane.
From the beginning, the NMNM, with the support of UBS, has been able to develop important exhibitions and publications but also to acquire works of art. Several projects were also able to be realised in collaboration with the presentation of works from the UBS Art Collection starting with Ed Ruscha's works on paper in 2013, in the Table of Contents of Villa Paloma, a series highlighting a work by an artist honoured John Baldessari in 2014 and Thomas Struth in 2016.
The same year at the NMNM an exhibition by Thomas Demand connected the works of the collection of the UBS Art Collection Museum, and an off-the-wall project was embodied by the immersive installation "cloak" by the British artist Mike Nelson in the Monegasque headquarters of UBS Avenue of Great Britain, then in the process of renovation.