The Best Art Galleries in Monaco

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Megan O'Hara

Visiting Monaco in itself can be like stepping into a piece of art, with its glamorous image, immaculately landscaped gardens, stunning sea views and historical architecture. Within the city exists a robust and prosperous art scene, with a number of exciting venues catering to all kinds of art tastes. Culture Trip highlights the best galleries to visit in Monaco, from contemporary galleries to spaces focused on celebrated master painters.

Galerie Carré Doré

The Galerie Carré Doré features a distinctly multicultural aspect within all of its artwork. It specialises in urban modern art created by artists from over 120 different nations. Showcasing work through a number of different mediums, including drawings, fashion shows and technological presentations, the gallery exudes modernity and excitement. Innovative artists feature heavily, such as Francesco Rogerro, the work of whom experiments brilliantly with pattern and color, and Sasha Torriso, who designs creative Pop Art inspired pieces. Carré Doré is today one of Monaco’s most stylish and chic artistic venues.

Opera Gallery

The Opera Gallery is renowned worldwide for the extensive collection of artwork it exhibits, material ranging from historical fine art to more contemporary, off-the-wall pieces. The gallery has sister venues scattered around the world from New York to Beirut. Their Monaco gallery holds regular exhibitions of artists such as the celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland, who has worked with screen stars as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. The art of legendary Spanish painter Pablo Picasso also features here, making this a top gallery choice for visitors on a trip to Monaco.

Monaco Modern Art

Monaco Modern Art blurs and pushes the conventional boundaries of art. The gallery is built upon the belief that art is a freedom of expression, and, in an effort to creatively fulfil this sentiment, invites a number of eccentric and daring artists to exhibit work. A top choice is Marcelline Lapouffe’s exhibition, combining concepts of death and happiness, humor and sadness to create prolific work of international acclaim.

Monaco Fine Arts

Established in 1976 by British formula one driver Michael McKee, Monaco Fine Arts has been home to a number of classic fine art pieces for almost 30 years, with a specialism in impressionist art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Currently merging its historical collections with a number of 21st century exhibitions and projects, the gallery creates a sense of originality and freshness with its artwork, successfully combining the old with the new. An impressive range of paintings, drawings and sculptures means there is something of interest for every art lover here.

Maison D’Art

Featuring some contemporary work, but specialising primarily in older 13th century paintings, Maison D’Art upholds a distinguished reputation in the art world and is well worth a visit whilst in Monaco. Here the majestically intricate paintings of the Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassic greats are combined with contemporary collections. Artists including Damien Hirst and the sculptor Blake Ward feature heavily, creating a space where antiquity meets modernity, thus taking visitors on an enthralling journey through art history.

Sem-Art Gallery

Established in 2010 and so standing as the youngest art gallery in Monaco, the Sem-Art gallery exudes a fresh, neoteric atmosphere in line with the contemporary and experimental work it exhibits. Created by a number of notable artists, the venue’s pieces are daring and exploratory, combining elements of sculpture and paint with multimedia techniques and other technologies.Though the artistic styles and methods differ, the multicultural theme of the gallery remains consistent, with artists from a plethora of countries and backgrounds coming together to represent today’s cosmopolitan world. The gallery also features an upmarket restaurant serving a delicious daily plat du jour.

Kamil Galerie du Forum

This bright, airy gallery is set in a beautiful location just by the beach in Monte Carlo, across from the famous Jardin Japonais. It showcases a large collection of contemporary art, and remains committed to supporting the work of young, emerging artists worldwide. Owned by the Iranian architect and interior designer Kamil, Kamil Galerie du Forum combines cutting-edge design with new and well-known art pieces from artists such as Damien Hirst. Be sure to check their website for upcoming exhibitions, with the wide range of scheduled events always diverse and exciting.

Russian Art Gallery

This gallery is conveniently located in the heart of Monte Carlo, and is ideal for travellers interested in the works of the Russian masters. Specialising in art from the 18th to the 20th centuries, The Russian Gallery exhibits a selection of incredible portrait paintings, and showcases the complex developments in color and style which characterise the period as so significant for art advancement. Featuring works from prominent artists such as the Ukranian avant-garde painter Wladimir Burliuk, The Russian Gallery’s unique and sophisticated collection makes for a pleasantly cultural day out.

Galleria Pallesi

The cozy Galleria Pallesi was initially founded in Rome in 1968 by Alfredo Pallesi, an art dealer with deep family roots in the art of antique collecting. The gallery relocated to Monte Carlo in 2011, bringing with it refined and elegant exhibitions of work by superior sculptors and painters. These included Filipo Albacini, Fedele Fischetti and Andrea Appiani. Pallesi’s rich knowledge of antiques is evident in the collections, and the work featured is sourced from a number of different time periods.
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