|The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco directed by Marie-Claude Beaud presents MONACOPOLIS – Architecture, Urbanism et Urbanisation in Monaco, Realisations et Projects – 1858–2012MONACOPOLIS is on view in the two NMNM venues—Villa Paloma and Villa Sauber.The exhibition is curated by Nathalie Rosticher-Giordano—Chief Curator of the NMNM. The collective Martino Gamper and Åbäke (London) is responsible for the exhibition’s sets and graphic design (signs, visual identity and publication).
Villa Paloma explores, inter alia, Eugène Beaudoin’s urban development proposals of the 1940s, Le Corbusier’s mysterious sketch, and the idea mooted by a surprising stranger, Henry Bulgheroni. After the Second World War, in a context aligned with the European issue of reconstruction, Monaco also had above all to deal with the total saturation of its territory. There duly appeared for Monaco various new urban planning solutions, in a period replete with visionaries. Starting in the 1960s, we thus discover utopian proposals such as La Venise monégasque, Yona Friedman’s transparent and suspended bridge-city, Archigram’s Features Monte-Carlo, a rejection of deliberately buried architecture but offering a masterly response to exaggeratedly multi-faceted specifications, Paul Maymont’s Thalassopolis, a city that could be extended ad infinitum over the water, Edouard Albert’s L’Ile artificielle and the Quartier Marin, designed together with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and Manfredi Nicoletti’s La Ville satellite and theMarinarium. More recently, Jean Nouvel came up with a Centre de l’homme et de la mer, and Emilio Ambasz devised Public Park and Residencies. Real urban development is reinstated in the exhibition thanks to a sizeable collection of illustrative material and filmed reports, emphasizing the ceaseless energy of the works begun in the 1960s, which have never been interrupted since.
A publication will be released in late February 2013. Nothing less than a trove of references filling some 600 pages, it will include a comprehensive iconography, for the most part hitherto unpublished, and essays broaching the notions of heritage, vacationing, and urban planning and development, written by historians, architects, urban planners, and philosophers.