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Terraces of Fontvieille

The Prince at the heart of the circus" exhibition

November 22, 2023 to February 11, 2024

Gaëtan Luci - Archives of the Princely Palace

Since 1974, the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo has been the must-attend event for all the world's leading circus families and schools, where virtuosity, feats, laughter and magic come together to delight spectators.

The Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo was created in 1974 by Prince Rainier III. As part of the commemoration of Prince Rainier III's centenary, and to mark the Festival's 50th anniversary in 2024, an exhibition entitled "The Prince at the heart of the circus" is being organized on the initiative of H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie. The exhibition is coordinated by the Direction des Affaires Culturelles and the Comité de Commémoration du Prince Rainier III, in collaboration with Monte-Carlo Festivals.

This retrospective will be held from November 22, 2023 to January 28, 2024 in the former Musée de l'Automobile on the Terrasses de Fontvieille. It presents the actions undertaken by Prince Rainier III in favor of the Circus, who, with his visionary spirit and his benevolence towards artists and animals, was able to combine tradition and modernity to give new life to the Circus Arts.

The scenography and curatorship were guided by the words of Prince Rainier III, who reminded us that "the circus is experienced with the senses and is above all a living art". His writings and testimonials accompany visitors on a journey that combines video extracts of emblematic acts, previously unpublished documents from the Archives of the Palace of Monaco, numerous costumes from the collection of Dr. Alain Frère and works brought together for the first time, to experience and discover the history of the world's most prestigious circus festival.

Curator: H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie and Dr. Alain Frère
Scientific curator: Charlène Dray
Set design: Charlène Dray and Lucas Lemme

Practical information:
Terrasses de Fontvieille, former Musée de l'Automobile
25-29 Avenue Albert II - Monaco
Free admission
Open 7 days / 7, 11am to 7pm
Closed December 25, 2023 and January1, 2024



November 22, 2023

End :

February 11, 2024


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