The exhibition will present paintings and sculptures by Marc Quinn throughout the halls of the Museum, the front courtyard and on the panoramic terrace.
Quinn has worked closely with the Oceanographic Museum and immersed himself in its space and atmosphere and in the diversity of its collections. His exhibition is intended to reflect the vision of Prince Albert I (founder of the museum) who expressed his wish "to gather together in one place the two driving forces of civilization: art and science".
The exceptional works by Marc Quinn are brought together and displayed among the remarkable collection of marine specimens and underwater fauna. Displayed in parallel, both the disciplines of art and science will reinforce each other mutually. Their juxtaposition will show the artist’s body of work, the collections of the Museum and the Aquarium in a new light, creating alternative perspectives for the viewer.
The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is intended to be a place for mediation between science, politics and socio-economics for the general public. It is a place of exchange and culture, which confronts experiences concerning the protection of the oceans and the common heritage of mankind. Since 2010 the Museum has asked renowned international artists to enrich the its mission through the originality of their perspective.
Built on the side of the Rock of Monaco, the Museum has overlooked the oceans for over a century. It was designed as a palace solely dedicated to the sea, displaying the results of the oceanographic exploration campaigns carried out by its founder, Prince Albert I of Monaco (great grandfather of Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco) to further disseminate knowledge of the sea and raise awareness about the fragility of ocean life.
An international reference point for all lovers of the marine world, it has a large collection of marine specimens and houses a well-known aquarium, bringing together more than 4,000 species of fish and invertebrates. Its “Shark Lagoon”, a giant 400,000-litre tank, reveals the extraordinary diversity of the coral reef.
Musée océanographique de Monaco
Tel : + 377 93 15 36 00
Open daily as below:
9:30am - 7pm in April, May and June
9:30am - 7:30pm in July and August
9:30am - 7pm in September
10am - 6pm in October
12 May - 15 October 2012
Marc Quinn Internal Labyrinth MQ 180 2011 Oil, acrylic and silicone extrusion on canvas
© the artist Photo: Ben Westoby Courtesy White Cube