MAGNIFICENCE AND GRANDEUR OF THE ROYAL HOUSES IN EUROPE – in Monaco
Once Upon a Time…
Magnificence and Grandeur in Europe’s Courts
Every year since the Grimaldi Forum opened in 2000, the Principality of Monaco has hosted a major exhibition of artistic, historical and heritage interest here. The Monegasque culture centre’s Espace Ravel, offering more than 2500m² of exhibition space, forms a unique setting for these spectacular displays.
This year the Grimaldi Forum Monaco’s summer extravaganza coincides with an exceptional event: the wedding of HSH Prince Albert II to Miss Charlène Wittstock
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. To echo this momentous occasion in the life of the Principality, the Grimaldi Forum is devoting its summer exhibition to Magnificence and Grandeur in Europe’s Courts from 11 July to 11 September.
Embarking on a veritable journey through the ages, visitors will for the first time enter 20 European courts and meet great imperial, royal and princely figures. In the course of this sumptuous journey – a European Tour of a very special kind – they will meet:
- Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and elected King of Poland
- Frederick I, first King of Prussia, and Queen Sophia Charlotte
- Ludwig I, King of Bavaria, and his grandson, Ludwig II
- Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elizabeth of Austria
- the Danish kings Christian IV, a legendary monarch, and Christian IX, “the father-in-law of Europe” in the 19th century
- Philip V, King of Spain and grandson of Louis XIV, and Elizabeth, heir to the fabulous Farnese collections
- Napoleon and Josephine and the first French Empire
- Prince Nicholas Esterhazy, a great collector and Joseph Haydn’s patron
- Luís I, King of Portugal, and Queen Maria Pia
- Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, “the grandmother of Europe”, and her consort Prince Albert
- Gustavus III, King of Sweden
- Tsar Alexander II, The Liberator, who launched the vogue for imperial Russian holidays on the French Riviera
- Leopold I, first King of the Belgians
- Haakon VII, elected first King of Norway following the dissolution of the union with Sweden
- John III Sobieski, elected King of Poland, victor over the Turks at Vienna
- Charles, King of Naples, who launched the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompey
- Victor Amadeus II, King of Sicily then of Sardinia
- Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
- Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, whose role in the first part of the 20th century was so important
- the Grimaldis, Princes of Monaco, from Honoré II in the 17th century through Charles III, founder of Monte-Carlo, to Rainier III and Princess Grace.
To illustrate this ambitious undertaking, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco is collecting together some 700 sumptuous or moving exhibits that plunge visitors into the very heart of the lives, roles and passions of these individuals and couples who marked the histories of their dynasties and countries. The exhibition will thus focus on their eras but no less on their accomplishments in the fields of the arts, history and science.
Portraits, sculptures, objets d’art, furniture, porcelain, silver and gold, costumes and jewellery will breathe new life into four centuries of history for a rich and unique experience. Historical films, both documentaries and fiction, complete this masterful exhibition bringing back to life these great figures who have often fired our dreams.
Vi har spurgt Widar Halén om hans rolle i forbindelse med utstillingen i Monaco:
“Jeg er kurator og ansvarlig for den norske representasjonen med fokus på Haakon og Maud og det nye norske kongedømmet:
Vi viser kroningskjolen og kroningsuniform, samt kopier av kronene og kronregaliene og er eneste som viser slikt kroningsutstyr, dernest to av Mauds fineste kjoler og en Hardangerbunad.
FOTO: J.C. VINAJ/GRIMALDI FORUM
Videre Gabriel Kiellands maleri av kroningen i 1906 og Damer i Kristianias gave til dronningen
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. Tostrup 1906. Det er første gang man har laget en utstilling om 20 kongehus/fyrstedømmer, og utstillingen er virkelig omfattende og praktfull. I denne sammenhengen samarbeider jeg med Catherin Arminjon fra Patrimoine Paris som er hovedkurator”.