Art, News I 23.04.19 I by

Ettore Spalletti’s pastel artworks take over Monaco’s Villa Paloma

The pink and blue landscapes of Italy’s Abruzzo inspired Ettore Spalletti’s pastel-tinted art show at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

Ombre d’azur, transparence runs until 3 November and features new site-specific artworks conceived especially for the museum’s Villa Paloma site. They’re on display alongside historic pieces from the Italian artist’s back catalogue.

Ettore Spalletti, 'Ombre d’azur, transparence' at Monaco's NMNM
Ettore Spalletti, Ombre d’azur, transparence at the
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma.
Photography: Werner Hannappel, VG-Bildkunst Bonn 2019

The building’s stark white walls and period features are contrasted by geometric sculptures and installations – including one that is reminiscent of a swimming pool with lifeguard chair – as well as large two-dimensional paintings.

Ettore Spalletti, 'Ombre d’azur, transparence' at Monaco's NMNM
Ettore Spalletti, Ombre d’azur, transparence at the
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma.
Photography: Werner Hannappel, VG-Bildkunst Bonn 2019

Their soft hues evoke the skies and landscape of Spalletti’s native Abruzzo and have been created using his technique of applying dozens of layers of paint onto wood, leaving them to dry, and then scraping them back to create more intense colour.

Villa Paloma, 56 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, 98000 Monaco

Ettore Spalletti, 'Ombre d’azur, transparence' at Monaco's NMNM
Ettore Spalletti, Ombre d’azur, transparence at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma. Photography: Werner Hannappel, VG-Bildkunst Bonn 2019
Ettore Spalletti, 'Ombre d’azur, transparence' at Monaco's NMNM
Photography: Mauro Magliani and Barbara Piovan. Courtesy NMNM
Monaco's NMNM art gallery
Photography: Mauro Magliani and Barbara Piovan. Courtesy NMNM

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