‘Monaco-Alexandria, the grand detour: World-capitals and cosmopolitan Surrealism’

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'Monaco-Alexandria: the grand detour: World-capitals and cosmopolitan Surrealism' is an exhibition of modern art from Alexandria – including works never before shown outside Egypt – running from December 17, 2021 until May 2, 2022 at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM), the Principality of Monaco’s national museum. Exploring cultural dialogue across the Mediterranean in the early twentieth century, the exhibition is curated by Morad Montazami and Madeleine de Colnet for Zamân Books & Curating at the NMNM-Villa Sauber in Monaco. The exhibition publication, and the public and education programme, are produced with the participation of Community Jameel and the support of the Alexis and Anne-Marie Habib Foundation.

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'Monaco-Alexandria: the grand detour: World-capitals and cosmopolitan Surrealism' is an exhibition of modern art from Alexandria – including works never before shown outside Egypt – running from December 17, 2021 until May 2, 2022 at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM), the Principality of Monaco’s national museum. Exploring cultural dialogue across the Mediterranean in the early twentieth century, the exhibition is curated by Morad Montazami and Madeleine de Colnet for Zamân Books & Curating at the NMNM-Villa Sauber in Monaco. The exhibition publication, and the public and education programme, are produced with the participation of Community Jameel and the support of the Alexis and Anne-Marie Habib Foundation.

Celebrating the history of two major Mediterranean port-cities that nurtured vibrant cosmopolitan communities of avant-garde artists during the early decades of the twentieth century, the exhibition explores the emergence of a Mediterranean experience of modernity, and the parallel – and sometimes intertwined – development of the Surrealist movement in these two cities, with works presented in the context of Monaco’s Villa Sauber, itself reminiscent of Alexandria’s Belle Époque architecture.

As part of the exhibition, a panel discussion and private visit was held at NMNM on March 10, 2022, exploring the notion of 'world citizenship and the trans-Mediterranean avant-garde'. Guest speakers included Morad Montazami, Nabil Boutros, Francesca Rondinelli and Raphael Zagury-Orly.

To learn more about the exhibition publication visit the NMNM website.

The exhibition features works by: Cléa Badaro, Brassaï, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, Inji Efflatoun, Leonor Fini, Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar, Georges Henein, Fouad Kamel, Ida Kar, Germaine Krull,  André Lhote, Antoine Malliarakis dit Mayo, Joyce Mansour, Mohamed Naghi, Eric de Nemes, Angelo de Riz, Mahmoud Saïd, Wael Shawky, Kamel El-Telmissany, Adham Wanly, Seif Wanly, Ramsès Younan and others.