ART GALLERYMonaco Modern’Art

Former artist studio ideally located on the Avenue Princesse Grace, alongside the Villa Sauber and the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco Modern'Art gallery is particularly active supporting environmental projects.

Monaco Modern'Art has supported Philippe Pastor's career, specialy during his participation in the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennales or through the development of « The Burned Trees » project. The gallery supports and shares the artist’s commitment to environmental protection. Expanding the boundaries of contemporary art, it punctually opens spaces for collaborations, with other galleries or to support other institutions and events that are part of its approach. This is how the gallery worked with the United Nations during the "Plant for the Planet" Campaign in 2007-2008, and hosted, in 2015, an exhibition of the Monaco Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan to promote the Principality's project, that was conceived with an eco-sustainable approach

Monaco Modern’Art
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98000 Monaco
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EXHIBITIONEarth & MetamorphosesApril 24th - June 28th

Monaco Modern'Art Gallery, in collaboration with the association Art & Environnement, present on the occasion of Monaco Art Week(April 24-28, 2019)a selection of monumental paintings by Philippe Pastor together with an original installation of “The Burned Trees”sculptures. These sensitive pieces, conceived as a tribute to Nature, also denounce the current environmental issues, in the era of what some call the Anthropocene. The exhibition is organized around two main series, punctuated by new sculptures in bronze and iron.
The large abstract canvases of the series “Avec le Temps”, form lyrical abstract compositions, which evoke the unleashing of the elements. Natural chaos, storms, tornadoes, these paintings refer here to recent tsunamis and hurricanes.
The lines of force that cross the canvas, highlight here the process of creation of the artist, who works on large surfaces, on which he applies, throws or delicately affixes the material. Leaning over the canvas, "in" the canvas, Philippe Pastor apprehends it in the manner of the American abstract expressionists working with action painting.
Philippe Pastor uses specific natural pigments, especially in the case of the “Monochrome Blue” paintings. This Mediterranean series is elaborated from natural pigments that the artist fetches in the isolated villages of Mount Atlas in Morocco. He sometimes mixes natural elements, such as leaves or pine needles, and submits them to the same stratification process. Furrowed by subtle cracks, the rugged reliefs that appear reveal new abyssal topographies.
In dialogue with these large canvases stand the sentinel figures of another wounded nature, “The Burned Trees”. This series of sculptures, initiated in 2003. If the first works were directly carved in the charred trunks of the bruised forest, the artist proposes here an immutable version, cast in bronze and iron. This approach, which also can be found in the paintings presented, is more widely related to the particularly critical environmental and social context nowadays, in the era of the Anthropocene, global warming, looting of natural resources, invasive pollution and rising water levels.