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The Monaco Red Cross has inaugurated an exhibition retracing the 70 years since its founding in 1948.
Opened in the presence of Princess Stephanie, the association’s Vice-President and Secretary General, at the Exhibition Hall of Quai Antoine Ier on Tuesday, February 13, the retrospective features photographs of unpublished archives, videos, works of art and other items. Various members of the Prince's Government and many other personalities were also present for the opening.
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Throughout 2018, various events are being organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary. In conjunction with the exhibition, a stamp bearing the effigy of the four successive Presidents has been published by the Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste and will be available for sale from March 3.
The exhibition is open to all, free of charge, until March 3, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 1 pm and 7 pm each day.
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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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Organisers of Venice in Monte-Carlo, which includes the Grand Masked Ball on Saturday, February 17, have announced that part of the benefits of the evening will be donated to the Foyer de l'Enfance Princesse Charlene (the Princess Charlene Home for Children).
The Princess Charlene Home for Children officially opened on February 1, 2012, in the presence of the Prince and Princess, and then Minister of State Michel Roger, along with members of the government.
Located at 9 rue Bellevue, the building was built on the site where the former Dominican convent once stood. Each year, around thirty children and teenagers from Monaco live at the Home for Children, which aims to help to protect minors in danger, and to help parents reinvest in their parental duties.
"In 2015, 44 children were welcomed,” Huguette Woodroffe, Deputy Director, told l’Obervateur de Monaco in April 2016. “The average placement is two to three years. But it can go from a few hours ... to several years.”
Of the 30 minors, most are between the ages of 14 and 18, with one-third being Monegasques, one-third French, and the other third a mix of nationalities.
“And behind every child placed lurks a story of a family in crisis. Sometimes conjugal violence or psychological difficulties. Sometimes health problems or single parenting situations that are difficult to live with.”
The Princess Charlene Home for Children project was implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in cooperation with the Ministry for Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, and demonstrates a commitment to continue to make Monaco a model country in the social sector.
Under the High Patronage of Prince Albert, Venice Monte-Carlo will take place later this month, and the Grand Masked Ball – complete with period costumes and “a sumptuous and dreamlike show” – will be held at the Salle des Étoiles.
More than 70 artists, musicians, acrobats and dancers will host the Grand Ball, which will pay tribute to the City of Venice and the Principality of Monaco, and see economic players, members of royal families, philanthropists, celebrities, opinion leaders, distinguished academics and representatives of the world media all gather to recreate the atmosphere of this golden age.