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After the last major exhibition devoted to the works of Hercule Florence, Villa Paloma has reopened to present a retrospective of Alfredo Volpi, with the support of the Instituto Alfredo Volpi de Arte Moderna and curated by Cristiano Raimondi.
Alfredo Volpi was born in Lucca, Italy in 1896, and died in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1988. He was a major Brazilian artist who NMNM is proud to present, for the first time in Europe, in a retrospective of 70 works: starting with oils on canvas, country folk or urban landscapes in the 30s and 40s, to the works of the 50s, 60s and 70s with their new colours and painting techniques, the public will discover a fascinating artist.
Despite the success achieved in the last three decades of his life, the story of Volpi is that of a simple and reserved man who dedicated his entire life to his work without ever forgetting where he came from. A man who, every day of his life, until the age of 88, built his own frames on which he himself stretched the canvas to apply himself the meticulously prepared pigments and create the magic of colour.
Like Morandi for the Italians, Volpi the colourist has become a hero and a true legend in Brazil.
"Alfredo Volpi, the poetry of colour" runs until May 20 at Villa Paloma, 56 blvd du Jardin Exotique. Open daily 10 am to 6 pm, admission is €6 but free on Sunday.
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On Thursday, February 15, the Palace brightly displayed the colour orange, as special lights illuminated the building in a tribute International Childhood Cancer Day.
This was an initiative of the Monaco-based Fondation Flavien, which had gathered several hundred people at the Place du Palais for a symbolic march to raise awareness about paediatric cancers.
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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), every three minutes a child dies of cancer, but children have a signifcicantly higher surivival rate than adults, which in high-income countries reach an average of 84 percent.
The Fondation Flavien aims to help and support the fight against childhood cancers, rare diseases in children and the families affected by these types of diseases. This is done through research, preventive action, care and support for families as well as the medical profession. The Foundation therefore works hand in hand with the Scientific Center of Monaco – led by Professor Rampal, Scientific Director Denis German and Research Director, Gilles Pagès.
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The most used therapeutic model in the treatment of childhood cancers combines surgery followed by chemotherapy and then conventional radiotherapy. In Nice, the technical platform will soon be equipped with a proton therapy device, only the second in France. This is a very precise radiotherapy that can irradiate the tumour by sparing the neighbouring organs to significantly reduce adverse effects.
However, the response of paediatric cancer cells to this type of therapy is still poorly understood and needs to be compared to conventional treatment in order to better appreciate the therapeutic benefits. Although the treatment permits stabilisation of the disease at first, relapses related to an ability to form blood and lymphatic vessels and high metabolic (energetic) activity of residual tumour cells can be observed. These mechanisms, already well known in adult tumours can be countered with new anti-cancer therapies, called "targeted therapies", not yet used in children for lack of studies and funding.
In 2015, IARC reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer increased “from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger” and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds.
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AS Monaco majority owner Dimitri Rybolovlev has been drawn into the world’s media spotlight again, although this time it’s not because of his protracted feud with art dealer Yves Bouvier, but due to his purchase ten years ago of the Florida mansion that once belonged to Donald Trump.
A senior Democratic senator, Ron Wyden, has asked the US Treasury Department to make public documents relating to the sale of the six-acre estate in Palm Beach to Mr Rybolovlev for €77 million ($95 million) at the height of the global economic crisis in 2008. The price was one of the highest-ever paid for a single property.
The current US President had bought the property for less than half the price, just €33 million ($41 million), four years previously. Mr Rybolovlev later demolished the building amid reports of rising damp, and sold off the land in lots.
Senator Wyden, who is on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin: “It is imperative that Congress follow the money and conduct a thorough investigation into any potential money laundering or other illicit financial dealings between the president, his associates, and Russia.”
Bloomberg News reported last July that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, was also looking into Russian purchases of Trump real estate properties.
A spokesperson for Mr Rybolovlev issued a statement last week: "When the Rybolovlev family trust acquired the property in Palm Beach in 2008, it was made very clear that the purchase was an investment. The transaction was publicly announced and widely covered by the US media. There was no suggestion whatsoever of any impropriety about the purchase. "What is more, the investment today remains on track to deliver a significant return to the trust. The first two lots of the property have sold for $71.3 million and the final lot has been listed for $42 million.”
In 2016, then candidate Trump told ABC News that the sale of the mansion was one of the few times he had ever done business directly with a Russian national. The now-gone seven-bedroom home had a garage that could accommodate 80 cars, while the house itself had marble floors, bulletproof windows, and a full-sized ballroom.
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June, Albert II Olympic Pool at the Louis II Stadium
35th Monte-Carlo International Swimming Meeting organised by the Monegasque Swimming Federation
Information: +377 92 05 40 59
Wednesday 6 December, Principality of Monaco
13th Monaco Red Nose Day organised by the charity Les Enfants de Frankie in aid of sick and underprivileged children in Monaco and the PACA region
Information: +377 93 30 08 00