Riva, which describes itself as the world’s most iconic shipbuilder, has been making sailing style and design an art form since 1842. Craftmanship, unmatchable quality, innovation and artistry have always been Riva’s hallmark. Carlo Riva said his boats were “designed with love”.
For many years Lia Riva, Carlo’s daugter, and Monaco Boat Service have championed a variety of artistic projects in Monaco and across the French Riviera. Monaco Boat Service (MBS) is an official partner of Art Monte-Carlo and Festival Printemps des Arts, both of which are annual highlights in Monaco’s cultural calendar.
The third edition of Artmonte-carlo will take place on April 28 and 29 at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco under the High Patronage of Prince Albert. This salon d’art aims to create a rich dialogue between the art market and the institutional world.
Monaco Boat Service will host a celebratory evening at the iconic Riva Tunnel in Port Hercules on Thursday, April 26. The evening, curated in partnership with Artmonte-carlo and Nomad, will bring together artistic talents and luminaries. A performance piece created by artist Arabeschi di Latte and inspired by Riva’s maritime heritage and the design of the iconic “Aquarama” will premiere.
A photographic exhibition by Gabriele Basilico and Marsio Cresci created in partnership with Officina Italiana Design will be on display at Grimaldi Forum. The exhibition beautifully documents the Riva shipyard in Sarnico, Italy, and the studio-laboratory of modern day Riva designers Officina Italiana Design.
Over March and April, The Riva Tunnel will have played host to three evening concerts of glorious music. Ushering in the annual Festival Printemps des Arts, the concerts will showcase a new generation of young performers, stepping forward to take their rightful place on the world stage. The Riva family and Monaco Boat Service stand – Riva MBS – proud as supporters of the arts, encouraging new links between design, art and music.
Since 1959, MBS has played a vital role in the daily life and business of Monaco. The exclusive Riva dealer for France and the Principality, MBS with its landing stages and hidden treasure – the Riva tunnel – is home to some of the world’s most beautiful boats.
No stranger to famous passengers, Riva owners have included Princess Grace of Monaco, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, to name a few.