This week saw the reopening of museums, bars and restaurants across the Principality, with casinos and cinemas soon following suit. There has been no shortage of visitors to our favourite haunts over the past few days, ushering in a new, tentative phase of post-lockdown.
So, what is there to do in Monaco this June? Although it will not mirror the usual event-packed calendar of the typical year, there are still moments to be enjoyed that for so long have been experienced from the comfort of your sofa.
For those who are still unable to venture outside as freely as the rest of us, cultural institutions around Monaco have not forgotten the success of their virtual programmes, which will continue for the foreseeable future.
Below is a list of our top picks for virtual and real activities this month.
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
From Tuesday June 2nd to Sunday August 30th 2020, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco at Villa Paloma is hosting a spectacular exhibit from João Maria Gusmão, showcasing work from the painter Eugène Frey. It is not his painted works, however, that we are invited to appreciate in this exhibition.
Frey (1864 – 1942) invented the technique of light set projections on the stage of Monte-Carlo Opera. It is a technique employing light, sound and moving photos to project stunning images onto the stage. Gusmão reinterprets the method of these dynamic light sets to bring an intensely visual show.
The NMNM resides across two locations. Villa Sauber remains closed until further notice.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
How could we not include the Principality’s favourite? Safety measures abound, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco has reopened its doors to welcome visitors once again. The crown jewel of Monaco, it is an opportunity to discover all things ocean.
This June, the museum is encouraging visits to come and experience marine life and the worlds’ oceans through its campaign #VivonsLOcean. Through a specially designed web application, you can show your support after you visit the museum by taking a selfie and sharing it to social media.
One of the most impressive buildings in Monaco – an impressive feat given the urbanised landscape of the Principality – is the Cathedral perched on top of the Rock, alongside the other remarkable architecture such as the Palais de Justice and the Prince’s Palace itself. After many months of closed service, the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate has once again opened for visitors to experience the interior in all its glory.
Opera Gallery, boasting twelve locations around the world, is a world-leading group of art galleries which represents and deals in modern and contemporary works. Their sites in Paris, Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Miami are now open to the public, as well as our own gallery here in the Principality.
Previous exhibitions have included Pierre Soulages, Andy Denzler and the yearly edition of the Monaco Masters show.
Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology
This Friday, the Principality’s only anthropology institute is reopening but with a twist. Whereas their interactive programmes during lockdown got the whole family involved in discovering the ancient wonders of the Rock, now they propose that visitors suggest what they want to see in the museum, in order to tailor the exhibitions to what the public wants to uncover.
Monaco Artist's Forum
Usually organised at the beginning of June at the Rainier III Auditorium, this much-awaited event will allow you to see Monaco’s resident artists showcase their work in a virtual exhibition. From Friday June 5th at 11 am, to Friday July 3rd 2020, roughly 80 artists, amateurs or professionals, can present their paintings, sculptures and photography.
This 5th edition will allow the public to vote online for their favourite work. The winner will be announced on June 13th.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
From June 6th, the museum will inaugurate its second annual “Fête du musée”, a digital programme of month-long celebrations marking World Ocean Day for those who cannot visit their site.
Children can access a series of interactive games, quizzes and pet “adoption” scheme, as well as lessons in writing for journalism run by Monaco Matin. The Monaco 360 virtual tour of the museum is still up and running for those who are unable to visit the museum.
Monaco's media library
A life-line for many bored families and culture connoisseurs during lockdown, the Mediathèque continues to offer its home-delivery and takeaway service for books and films. If you have no clue what you want to watch or read, the team across the Mediathèque’s establishments will help you discover something new by hand-picking some options to suit your cultural tastes.
To receive your book selection, visit Monaco's Médiathèque
Beginning last month, organisers of artmonte-carlo have digitalised the vast majority of works that would have featured in its 5th annual edition at the Grimaldi Forum. The catalogue, still available online, is a beautiful display of works to pore over, with the information of artists, galleries and auction houses added alongside to encourage dialogue on these pieces between art fans, collectors and artists alike.
Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra at home (#OPMCathome)
For the music lovers amongst us, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo is providing short clips showcasing individual orchestra members playing an array of classical compositions. At the two to three-minute mark, these quick-fire recitals are for both the classical music aficionado as well as the complete novice wanting to dip their toe in the waters.
Estimates currently believe that 13% of all cultural institutions worldwide will not reopen now we have left lockdown. Now it is more important than ever to support Monaco’s thriving cultural scene and support local creatives.