As part of his official trip to China, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince inaugurated Thursday September 6 in Beijing the exhibition "Princes and Princesses of Monaco. A european dynasty (XIIIe-XXIe century)", produced by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco in collaboration with the Prince's Palace.
Hosted by Dr. Jixiang Shan, Director of the Museum of the Forbidden City, the Monegasque Sovereign and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of China, Mr. Shugang Luo, discovered this fresco retracing 700 years of the Grimaldi dynasty. They were followed by more than 200 guests among whom, Mr. Patrice Cellario, Minister for the Interior, S.E M. Mr. Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation, S.E Mme. Catherine Fautrier, Monaco's Ambassador to China, Mr David Tomatis, Councilor in the Prince's Cabinet, and a strong Monegasque delegation mobilized by the Monaco Economic Board.
The princely visit was led by Thomas Fouilleron, Director of the Archives of the Prince's Palace and curator of the exhibition, accompanied by Stéphane Bern as artistic advisor of the exhibition. They lingered a long time in front of some particularly symbolic pieces, like the princely throne never exposed.
Before visiting the two pavilions of the prestigious Wumen Gate, where are exposed to some 250 rare historical objects and precious artworks on 1400 m2, Prince Albert II thanked the Chinese authorities for their hospitality :«It may seem inconceivable that a palace of 72 hectares, former residence of the rulers of a country with a thousand-year-old civilization,of nearly 4 million square kilometers, hosts the collections of sovereigns of a state of 2 square kilometers, which is only 3 times bigger than the Forbidden City » said the Monegasque Sovereign before welcoming "a long-term cooperation work, the curator of the exhibition, the various services of the Palace, the team of the Grimaldi Forum, his scenographer, who found high-level contacts to the Forbidden City, which allowed the project to flourish and, I hope, to be up to the place! "
A cocktail party closed this event at the Xianfu Palace, reserved for hosting VIPs at the Forbidden City.
Later in the evening, a dinner was organized by the Monaco Embassy in China and the Grimaldi Forum. Prepared jointly by Chiefs Philippe Joannès (Fairmont Monte-Carlo) and Lurz Ruediger (Rosewood Beijing), he gathered around SAS the Sovereign Prince all the protagonists of this Sino-Monegasque exchange, joined by major chinese actors of the economic and artistic world.
(Photos Jean-Charles VINAJ)