Bringing the art of living to its peak has been the ambition of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer since its foundation. Just as a painter composes his picture with touches of colour, both simple and subtle, our vision of the art of living is composed of touches that are equally subtle and simple: gambling, gastronomy, luxury, fashion, sports, parties, elegance, and the sea. Culture and the arts also play a part in this living masterpiece. For if Monte-Carlo has long embodied a certain art of living, it also offers, and increasingly so, an art to live.
Or rather: arts to live, plural. Monaco has indeed become a rich and lively platform for all the arts. Some of them, which have been present here since the Belle Époque, are now reinventing themselves. Dance, for example, is constantly being redefined by the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Like their ancestor, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo perform on the greatest stages throughout the world. Where better to discover their creations than in their birthplace, the Monte-Carlo Opera? Music, both classical and contemporary, is also omnipresent. From the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra to the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Grimaldi Forum, the Prince Rainier Auditorium, not to mention concerts such as the Red Cross Gala and the Rose Ball… there are few evenings without music in Monaco. And all of it is performed by the greatest living artists. Contemporary art is also very present at an increasingly high level.
The New National Museum of Monaco has indeed been presenting world-class exhibitions in both its locations, showcasing its constantly expanding permanent collection as well as private collections and those of other major museums. As has the Grimaldi Forum with its annual exhibitions. Another highlight: one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world, Hauser & Wirth, has opened a spectacular space at One Monte Carlo which echoes the Principality's great private collections. The art of gardens is not to be outdone: the Exotic Gardens, the Japanese Garden, the Saint Martin's Garden are must-sees throughout the year. Last but not least: the Printemps des Arts, which brings all the arts to life, is a privileged moment to experience this exceptional artistic wealth.
Art also flourishes within the hotels of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. At the Hôtel de Paris, the Princess Grace suite and the Prince Rainier suite exhibit original works of art by the Sovereign couple. The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, a connoisseur's hotel, hosts important art exhibitions and sales, as well as concerts, philosophical meetings and events where art and thought meet.
Akin to a revival of ancient Greece, the Principality is breaking down the boundaries between science, thought, and the arts. The Philosophical Encounters of Monaco welcome an ever-growing audience around great contemporary philosophers. At the Oceanographic Museum, the work around natural sciences echo the Principality's pioneering commitment to environmental protection.
Art of living, art to live: for Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, the two must go hand in hand. That is the only way to bring to life the famed Baudelairian dream for its visitors: to sing "the ecstasy of the soul and senses".