History In The Making

March Chagall

Souvenir de Paris by Marc Chagall (1976, oil on canvas, 72.9 x 54.1 cm). 

Article first published in Forbes Monaco June/July 2020 issue.

Opera Gallery Monaco reopens with a Modern and Contemporary Art exhibit, a narration of the greatest names from the past to the present.

The year 2020 has given us much to ponder. As we (hopefully) near the end of these uncertain times, now more than ever, it is important to draw strength and inspiration from the pillars of our past as we move to the future. This is especially true in the art world, where Modern Masters continue to influence Contemporary artists. It is one of the missions of Opera Gallery Monaco: celebrating the lineage between these two periods during its annual Masters show this summer. A ritual that the gallery has honored for over a decade. From July 1 to August 30, and under the High Patronage of Prince Albert, Opera Gallery will open the doors of its prestigious Palais de la Scala location to a unique exhibition featuring the greatest names in Modern and Contemporary art.

The show will feature French Masters, including unique perceptions of Parisian life from Marc Chagall and Bernard Buffet, who create echoes of the City of Light away from space and time. Earlier and rarely seen works from Spanish genius Pablo Picasso will also be exhibited.

A true History of Art master class would not be complete without the greatest names of Post-War art, and thus Opera Gallery presents the best works of Hans Hartung, Alexander Calder and his kinetic sculptures, Jean Dubuffet, as well as Joan Miró and Fernand Léger. Also in the spotlight is Pierre Soulages, whose popularity rose to new heights as he turned 100 last December.

Stellar works by American artists Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann reveal the diversity of Pop Art and its ramifications into the colorful and dynamic masterpieces from Keith Haring and his simplified figures and forms, reminiscent of A.R Penck’s Neo-Primitive “Standart” symbols and patterns. More contemporary works by Fernando Botero, Georges Condo, or Robert Combas connect this show to the present, confirming that visuals are ever-changing and in constant renewal. 

From this subtle blend of influences and techniques, the Opera Gallery Monaco team has woven a curatorial reflective of our time: relying on the greatest names of the past to ground the present. It is the same approach that inspires Contemporary artists like Alex Katz or Manolo Valdés.

Matisse como pretextocon mancha verde by Manolo Vadés (2019, mixed media, 200.7 x 185.4 cm)

Combining aesthetics with a worthy cause, Opera Gallery Monaco is committed to sharing a percentage of the proceeds from this event with the Monegasque association Mission Enfance. Their tireless and determined action has provided thousands of underprivileged children around the world with access to education.

The Opera Gallery Group is an established name with 13 galleries worldwide from New York to London, and from Dubai to Seoul. Through a diverse program of curated exhibitions and high-profile art fairs, Opera Gallery has provided museums, foundations and private international art collectors unique access to Modern and Contemporary artists.

A printed catalogue will be available at Opera Gallery Monaco (1 avenue Henri Dunant), open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.