Monaco art exhibition “Richness” invites Japanese artists – Prince Albert attends opening

More than 50 artists exposed at Salon 2014

The National Monegasque Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), an NGO working in official partnership with UNESCO, presented their Salon 2014 entitled “Richness”, that was open to the public from November 28 through December 14, in Monaco. The objectives of the IAA/AIAP are to encourage international cooperation among the artists of all countries, nations or people, and to promote the economic and social position of artists both nationally and internationally, as well as to defend their material and moral rights. There are more than 80 national committees adhering to UNESCO around the world, and the one in Monaco dates back to 1955 and was created by artist Etienne Clerissi. For more information visit

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is the Honorary President of the National Monegasque Committee, was present at the official opening joining other distinguished personalities. A total of 50 member artists exposed including especially invited colleagues from Japan, and prizes were awarded to selected artists.

Prize of the Jury composed of professionals from the art world

  • Painting: Christian Bonavia – Golden girl
  • Photo-video: Ivana Boris – 39 21.158 N – 14 41.214 E
  • Installation – sculptures: Laurent Papillon – Make it rhyme with rich

Prize National Council

  • Laure Fissore – Serguei

Prize of the Monegasque National Committee for UNESCO

  • Serge Dos Santos – The direction of time
  • Nick Danziger – Spiritual Richness

Prize of the Jury composed of supporting members :

  • Spencer Dodge – Deadly Richness U$S 560.000

Artists enriching our world 

Marie-Aimee Tirole, President of the Committee explained in her presentation elaborated over the concept of richness, which literal definition is the condition of someone who has a large fortune. But she wondered if over and above that simple definition, artistically there is a less material interpretation. In Tirole’s own words: “When an artist creates a work of art, he/she enriches its meaning, or the expression, or emotion, or all of those at the same time, hoping to transmit to the viewer those precious elements.” It was precisely under the spirit of this topic that the works exhibited were selected. And she continued: “If art enraptures it is due to the richness it contains and thanks to this wonder that enables the artist to recreate the world his own way, multiply it, giving infinite interpretations without limits, always in relation to the original, our world, that is our absolute wealth.”

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