Nouveau Musée National de Monaco: Program for 2020

Publication date: 2/21/2020
Program of talks and debates around the exhibition "Variations, Eugène Frey's Light Set Projections", presented by João Maria Gusmão at Villa Paloma.

Guided tour of the exhibition by Célia Bernasconi, Curator
Saturday March 7, 2.30 pm
NMNM - Villa Paloma
Free admission, subject to available places. Advance booking required. Contact

The tour will be followed by a screening with commentary by Hervé Joubert-Laurencin at 4 pm in the "Petite salle" of the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco (see below) 

The Magic Lantern in the Theatre, from Leibniz to Méliès

Talk by Laurent Mannoni
Thursday March 19, 6.30 pm
NMNM - Villa Paloma - La Table des Matières
Free admission, subject to available places. Advance booking required. Contact

"At the end of the 17th century, the magic lantern took several more or less divergent paths. Scientists used it for education, the nobility for recreation. Opticians and peddlers earned a daily crust from it. A few charlatans used it to frighten the gullible. Finally, it very quickly became popular as a theatrical device, the purpose which will be explored in this talk". Excerpt from the text by Laurent Mannoni to appear in the exhibition catalog.


Family workshops

Villa Paloma
Sundays February 16, March 1, 15 and 29, April 12 and 26, May 10 
Two Sundays per month at 3 pm, bring the family to discover the museum through activities.

Children aged 7 to 12, accompanied by at least one adult, free participation subject to advance booking
As part of the Variations exhibition, the workshop will focus on color in movement. 

From the "Décors lumineux" light set sketches by Eugène Frey, children and parents are invited to design their own animations.


Associated off-site program

Colors & shapes, shadows & light: a different experience of animated film in 1920s Germany
Screening with commentary by Hervé Joubert-Laurencin
Saturday March 7, 4 pm
La Petite salle - Institut audiovisuel de Monaco - L'Engelin, 83-85, bd du Jardin Exotique, Monaco
Advance booking recommended (35 places only): €3 for the film -

A century on, we celebrate the artistic freedom of the 1920s with unique works by Lotte Reiniger, Walter Ruttmann and Oskar Fischinger. 
Inspired by the subject of the exhibition "Variations, Eugène Frey's Light Set Projections" presented by João Maria Gusmão, the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco has put together this screening of short features - some shown on 16 mm film - in the company of Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, specialist in cinema animation.  

Screening of Sunstone, 2018 by Filipa César and Louis Henderson
Tuesday March 31, 8 pm
Théâtre des Variétés, Monaco
In partnership with the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco under the "Film d'artiste" label
Advance booking recommended. €6 for the film (€3 for students and under 21s) – for information, contact
Louis Henderson will be personally present at the screening

Sunstone by Filipa César and Louis Henderson present a portrait of Roque Pina, keeper of the Cabo da Roca lighthouse, at the far western point of continental Europe. He narrates his work and his complex background, as the son of a father from Cape-Verde who fought alongside the Portuguese, and speaks of the need for a lighthouse philosophy. 


New at the NMNM! 

Regardez Voir ("Look See")
Every Tuesday from 12.30 pm to 2 pm and every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm 

Regardez Voir is a service for all ages, in which visitors can have a brief but illuminating conversation that offers a deeper insight into the works displayed. While one can merely look at an artwork, in order to truly see it, one must understand the meaning behind it. This unique service is available every Tuesday between 12.30 pm and 2 pm, and every Sunday between 11 am and 5 pm. To take advantage, simply approach a member of staff wearing a "Regardez Voir" badge, for a few minutes' conversation that will open your eyes.