Sat. 8th July 2023 10:00am - Sun. 3rd September 2023

Illustration : Villas at Bordighera, 1884, Oil on canvas, 61x74 cm - Hasso Plattner Collection

During the summer of 2023, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco will hold an exhibition-event entitled "Monet in Full Light", curated by Marianne Mathieu.

This exhibition is organized by the Grimaldi Forum with the exceptional support of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris


DATES: July 8 to September 3, 2023

HOURS: Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

EVENING VISITS: Thursdays until 10 p.m. (except august 31st postponed to September 1st)

TEMPERATURE: To ensure an optimal preservation condition for the exhibited artworks, the air temperature within the exhibition space needs to be controlled and may appear cool during the summer. Visitors sensitive to cold are kindly advised to have a light shawll or a woolly jumper with them!

LOCATION: The Hall Ravel at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco -10, avenue Princesse Grace - 98000 Monaco

ACCESSIBILITY: The exhibition is accessible to people with motor impairments or reduced mobility.


Full price: €14 (FREE for children under 18)

Reduced price: €11 - Groups (>10 people) - Students (<25 years old and upon presentation of their student card) - Seniors (>65 ans)

SNCF partnership - Reduced rate: 11€ for TER customers on presentation of a TER ticket of the SOUTH region dated of the day.


Due to the annual launch of the UEFA European soccer season at the Grimaldi Forum, access to the Monet exhibition on Thursday August 31 and on Friday September 1st will be via the administrative reception (under the giant screen). 

As a large number of visitors are expected in the Grimaldi Forum parking lot and at the exhibition, please plan ahead or postpone your visit to another day. 

Exceptionally, there will be no evening opening on Thursday August 31, and the last tickets will be sold at 6pm. 

Tickets already purchased for that day remain valid on the other days of the exhibition (before and after).

An additional nocturne is scheduled for Friday, September 1. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!


The exhibition follows Monet's work and the artist's life on the Riviera at a pivotal moment in his life. The exhibition, with nearly 100 paintings from all over the world, including many masterpieces that have rarely been shown together - and one that has never been seen before - offers a new perspective on the Master's work.

At the crossroads of chronology and theme, the exhibition - curated by Marianne Mathieu, a specialist in Claude Monet - provides keys to a better understanding of the painter's quest through exceptional scenography created within a 3000 m² museum space offering total creative freedom.

The prism of light

In 1883, halfway through his long life and settling in at Giverny, Claude Monet, still in search of inspiration, made his first trip to Monte Carlo and the Riviera, which he discovered with his friend Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

He returned alone in 1884 and again in 1888. In Monte-Carlo, Roquebrune, Bordighera and Antibes, he nourished his quest, his obsession, to capture light. As a northern painter, he discovered a new palette of colors, new elements, and found it difficult to paint them. It was during his final stay in Antibes in 1888, that he envisioned his famous series painting from the Salis beach, the fort of Antibes in all the seasons.

As Marianne Mathieu says, "Monet's work is very coherent. From his youth in Le Havre, to the last paintings in Giverny, the painter does not try to paint a motif, but rather a moment ; Monet does not paint a landscape, but an atmosphere. On the Riviera, between 1883 and 1888, this means maturity; Monet discovers himself as the painter of the series. In Giverny, which he almost never left at the turn of the century, the painter evolved again, changing his point of view, and now painted only the mirror of water. Monet abandoned panoramic views in favor of a tighter framing offering a quasi-abstract vision of the water and its reflections. He does not paint his garden, only the elements of water and light. He paints the image of a floating world."

In this exhibition, curator Marianne Mathieu invites the visitor to approach Claude Monet's work through the prism of light: "let's not ask what Monet paints but rather when he paints it; let's not look for a motif, but for a moment..."

Works rarely exhibited together

Around a section devoted to paintings created during his time on the Riviera, 23 exceptional works exhibited for the first time near the still preserved sites where they were painted, the exhibition strives to put the master's work into perspective, showing his quest to capture light. In all, nearly 100 paintings will be presented, dating from the beginning of his life to the end.

This exhibition, one of the largest monographs devoted to Claude Monet in the last decade, and arguably the most daring, with paintings rarely shown together, is organised by the Grimaldi Forum with the exceptional support of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. 

Download the Press kit here


Audioguides (français/english) : 6€ in addition to the entrance fee, 45 mn of visits narrated by the curator of the exhibition.

Public guided tours : 10€ per person in addition to the entrance fee, on Thursdays and Sundays at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5 pm, subject to availability (maximum 25 personnes/people).

Booking: www.montecarloticket.com / ticket@grimaldiforum.com / +377 99 99 3000

Private guided tours (français /english) : single rate of 370€ for the group in addition to the entrance fee per person (maximum 25 people).

Booking: visites@grimaldiforum.com

Monet Morning : guided tours starting before the opening of the exhibition 

After a breakfast in the company of our guide- lecturer, discover with him the exhibition which opens its doors exceptionally for you before its usual time. Complete breakfast package and guided tour from 8:45 am to 10:45 am: 180€ per person, on Fridays July 14, July 28 and August 11, subject to availability (maximum 25 people). Package entitles you to a 5% discount in the store.

Booking: www.montecarloticket.com / ticket@grimaldiforum.com / +377 99 99 3000