Initiated in 2017, the “Apprentis Collectionneurs” (Apprentice Collectors) project is an educational program run by the New National Museum of Monaco, with support from SOGEDA aimed at familiarizing adolescents with contemporary art as well as with the various missions of an art museum.

For its third round, the project associated for the first time students who are in their final year of studies with an art option from the Lycée François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré and those of Lycée Albert 1er. Throughout the year, these students followed a series of meetings, visits, workshops, and exchanges with professionals who work in contemporary art.

The 4th edition of the “Art Monte Carlo” contemporary art fair, offered the students an international panel on the creation and the art market and served as an opportunity for them to select works relevant to the Museum’s collections.

On May 16th at the Villa Sauber, “Les Apprentis Collectors” proposed  the works of several artists to an acquisition committee especially composed of Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the NMNM, Cécile Mouly, in charge of extracurricular activities – representative Isabelle Bonnal, Director of National Education for Youth and Sports – Françoise Gamerdinger, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs and Secretary General of SOGEDA, Daniel Soutif, art critic, and Oriol Villanova, artist in residence at the NMNM.

This year, three drawings by Mika Rottenberg, the Argento-Israeli artist, were selected by the jury. They will soon integrate the NMNM collections.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.