Art & corruption: an interview with Georgina Adam

When Jussi Pylkkänen brought down the hammer on Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi on 16th November 2017 in New York City, it was an audacious act of death or glory. Onlookers were amazed, shocked and delighted: Christie’s had reclaimed its position as the number one auction house and the art market had made another great leap forward, with dizzying rewards. t was a high risk strategy and even on the day of the sale, there was speculation that the picture would not reach its guarantee of $90,000,000 USD, let alone the eventual hammer price of $400,000,000 USD.Read more

Soirées Musicales at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild invites readers of Riviera Insider along to two intimate and elegant evenings at this luxurious Saint Jean Cap Ferrat address, where you can enjoy beautiful melodies from the classical music repertoire as well as a gourmet, candlelit dinner with views over the Mediterranean Sea.Read more

Massive Attack at Nice Jazz

Bristol-based pioneers Massive Attack are to headline this summer’s Nice Jazz Festival, which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. Performing in the heart of the city in Place Masséna on 19th July, the concert will be a great opportunity to see one of the original acts from the trip-hop era.Read more

Lenny Kravitz heads south

American Grammy award-winner Lenny Kravitz has become the first artist to confirm his presence at the 2018 Jazz à Juan, which will be taking place from 14th to 22nd July.Read more

Designing Dreams named one of the best art books of 2017

As The New York Times names Designing Dreams: A Celebration of Léon Bakst one of the best art books of 2017, we’ve been looking back on our article about the exhibition (which took place at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco's Villa Sauber from October 2016 to January 2017)... Such colour and theatre!Read more

Hosting the grand masters

Venice – or La Serenissima meaning the ‘most serene’ as it is also known – has long inspired the work and imagination of artists. Yet the beauty of the Venetian cityscape – the romance of its canals and the charm of its magical light – has never been portrayed with as much love and sensitivity as it was by the 18th and 19th century grandmasters.Read more

Ringo Starr in Monaco

Tickets have gone on sale for one of this summer’s most highly anticipated events: Ringo Starr in concert at the Salle des Etoiles on 6th July for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival!Read more

‘A new period in history’ for Cannes Film Festival

Organisers of the world’s most famous film event, the Festival de Cannes, have announced the dates of the 2018 edition: Tuesday 8th to Saturday 19th May. Festival president Pierre Lescure also revealed, the festival is ‘beginning a new period in its history’ that will ‘question the cinema of our age’.Read more

Elton John & more at the Grimaldi Forum

French Riviera locals consider him one of their own and he’s owned a villa on Nice’s Mont Boron for many years. With such a connection to the region, it seems only right that music icon Elton John has chosen Monaco as the seat of his 50th anniversary concert on 6th December. Tickets to the show have all but sold out, although there may be a few VIP places left for the lucky ones!Read more

Weekend plans sorted with Monte-Carlo Jazz

From 16th November to 2nd December, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo's Salle Garnier will host a series of international acts under the continuing high patronage of Prince Albert II, of which the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival has enjoyed since its creation in 2006.Read more