"The Littoral Zone" by Marc Quinn

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The exposition ‘The Littoral Zone’ by Marc Quinn, which ran from 12 May to 15 October 2012, brought 377 000 visitors to the Museum, all of whom were able to find out about life cycle and origin, by virtue of the captivating works on show. 

Loyal to the wishes of its creator Prince Albert I, who wanted to ‘bring together the two driving forces of civilisation in one blinding flash: Art and science’, the Sea Temple opened the doors to the fascinating universe of Marc Quinn to the public. The title of the event alone was an invitation to explore each room in the museum as if it were a space where the borders between land and sea, life and death, museum and modernity disappeared in the same movement of waves upon the shore.

A total of approximately sixty paintings, sculptures and installations were presented in the Museum’s halls, upon its large forecourt and panoramic terrace. Amongst them : Colossal marble works illustrating the evolution of a fœtus throughout nine months of pregnancy, fascinatingly realistic oil on canvas paintings, or the famous self-portrait of the artist, produced using his own frozen blood. The work of art Burning Desire, a flamboyant red hybrid orchid of more than four metres in height, even took pride of place in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, at the emblematic Place du Casino.

Dialogue between past and present, ‘The Littoral Zone’ turned things upside down by mixing historical collections and contemporary works. In turn, visitors were able to dream, gain knowledge and marvel, thanks to this exhibition of considerable renown, a veritable alchemy between the universe of the artist and the world of the oceans.
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