International Contemporary Art Contest in Monte-Carlo

Exhibition Opening

The 5th edition of GemlucArt, under the auspicious theme “13, lucky number”,  opened its doors at the Auditorium Rainier III yesterday evening, with almost a hundred entries by an international cast of artists from all over Europe but also Iran, Brazil, USA and as far as Australia. Gemluc (Group of Monegasque companies for the fight against cancer) is a charity association presided by Dr. Beatrice Brych, with HRH Princess of Hanover as their Honorary President.  Since its creation in 1973 they have raised over 2 million Euros used in medical research and diverse kind of aid to bring hope to sufferers.

Elizabeth Wessel with Lost in Dreams

Monaco was very well represented by three artists including  fashion designer and painter Elizabeth Wessel with “Lost in Dreams” (see photo on the right); Mirabelle with “Happiness is a Conquest” and Fiona Tan who presented “Energy in Orbit”.

I was pleasantly surprised to meet German artist Stefan Szczensy, a famous painter, draughtsman and sculptor best known for co-founding the Neue Wilde movement in the early 1980’s. He now lives and works between Berlin and St. Tropez and I have had the chance to attend  several of his exhibitions. Below Szeczensy with his piece “Recreation” made with Acrylic on fabric (100x150cm).

Another of the paintings in acrylic belongs to Princesse D’Isangel from France and it is entitled “The Kisser”, that evokes profound romanticism in its simple black and white lines. See photo below.

Among the sculptures made of different media by artists different coins of the world will find The Fuschia Violinist made of resin polyester by Lady Marina from Georgia; The Venus of David David from France made of alluminum; The Grand Nina by Marion Burkle from Germany made of carbon epoxy, as well as Yes to Life by Celia Gouveiac from Brazil of resin.

There was also a photography installation and photography art pieces that got my attention:

The prize ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 13 at 18:00, and the prizes are:

Grand Prix gemlucArt: 15 days of exhibition in the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery in Monaco

Jury’s Prize: 15 days of exhibition in a Galery in Mougins

Public Prize: 2 exhibitions in international art fairs with Gallery Monteoliveto of Nice

Special Jury’s prize: A personal e-catalogue of 22 pages

Members of the Jury for 2013:

Marie-Aimee Tirole – President

Guillaume Barclay – Vice President

Adriano  Ribolzi

Jean-Pierre Pastor

Beatrice Brych

Isabelle Lombardot

Maurice Gaziello

The exhibition will be open to the public until November 15 and entry is free of charge.

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