- The Covid-19 health crisis and its multiple consequences make it impossible to organise;
- Monaco and the Automobile, from 1893 to the present day*, was scheduled for 11 July to 6 September 2020;
- The exhibition was to have been the high point of a celebration marking twenty years of Monaco cultural centre the Grimaldi Forum.
For the management of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, the health and safety of visitors remains the top priority. Faced with the uncertainties weighing on the organisation of this major summer exhibition-event, both in terms of its technical feasibility and visiting conditions, the Grimaldi Forum, in consultation with the Monegasque authorities and the Prince’s Palace, has decided to cancel it.
“Monaco and the Automobile, from 1893 to the present day, was the perfect exhibition for celebrating our twentieth anniversary, and it was with a great deal of sadness that we had to take the decision to cancel it”, says Sylvie Biancheri, Director General of the Grimaldi Forum. “I think, however, that in this new context, which does not give us the visibility needed to be able to calmly contemplate setting up and running the exhibition in a satisfactory manner, it is a decision that is reasonable”.
The Grimaldi Forum has not, however, had its last word and hopes not to lose these three years of work and all the research carried out on original cars and in archives on the subject. The cultural events management is already studying other avenues but it is still early to determine their feasibility.
*When the Principality celebrates the myth of the automobile
For the first time at the base of the circuit, an exhibition-event will trace the epic history of the automobile from 1893 to the present day on one of its favourite territories, the Principality of Monaco. The legendary sporting events of the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix and Rally will be invoked, as will the elegance contests and the real princely passion for the automobile as an object. Rodolphe Rapetti, general heritage curator, director of the national domains and museums of Compiègne and Blérancourt, curates the anthology event, bringing together fifty or so automobiles that have taken part in, or even won, one of these great Monaco events, photographic documents and unpublished archives, as well as rarely seen automobilia objects from public and private collections. “Monaco and the Automobile” are two words that are anchored in the collective imagination and intimately connected with regards to the development of their history and identity. Designed as both an exploration and a celebration, this exhibition is the most ambitious project dedicated to this theme. The exhibition benefits from the exceptional participation of the Automobile Club de Monaco, the Museum of the Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco, the Prince’s Palace, the Société des Bains de Mer, the Monaco Audiovisual Institute and the support of the Automobile Club de France.