The Dolceacqua part of the exhibition, hosting two paintings produced by Monet during his 1884 stay on the Italian Riviera, has been extended until 18 August.
It is a result beyond all expectations. The “Claude Monet, ritorno in Riviera” exhibition has had about 30,000 visitors since it opened three months ago on 30 April. The Dolceacqua part of the exhibition has been extended until 18 August. Setting up this exhibition was a challenge, which today can be considered successfully won. It’s in the numbers: with just a few days to go before the end of the exhibition, 30,000 admissions were registered, well over 10,000 above the assumed limit of 20,000, which would already have been satisfactory. It can also be seen in the visibility that Bordighera and Dolceacqua have enjoyed in newspapers and on television. This “positive” visibility, shows that the West Riviera knows how to organise extraordinary events in a setting already dedicated to tourism, with its great beauty and attractions.
The 30,000 visitors who have so far flocked there did not want to lose an “unmissable” opportunity (as the curator of the exhibition Aldo Herlaut called it) to admire the wonderful paintings that Monet produced in these places. Visitors have also appreciated other exhibition components, the result of precious collaboration by experts, including the Civic Collection of Bordighera, historical photographs, period costumes from the Daphné Museum in Sanremo, Monet’s epistolary heritage and multimedia insights with videos, audio guides and virtual reconstructions telling of the artist’s experience during his stay.
While the Dolceacqua exhibition will remain open until Sunday 18 August, the Bordighera part will close on 31 July, as originally planned.
The light and colours of Monet will continue to enchant visitors at the Doria Castle, with two wonderful paintings “Le Chàteau de Dolceacqua” and “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune”, painted by Claude Monet during his trip to the Riviera in 1884. Wonder, amazement and pleasure in discovery are the feelings and opinions expressed by visitors who filled the two exhibition venues every day: Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera and Castello Doria in Dolceacqua. Visitors are of all age groups; adults and children, including school groups and Ligurian citizens, with tourists from Italy and abroad coming specifically to visit the exhibition.
The positive result of the “Claude Monet, ritorno in Riviera” exhibition repays collaboration between public and private institutions. The exhibition was organised by the Mu.MA Institution – Museums of the Sea and Migration in Genoa, while management and promotion were entrusted to Cooperativa Sistema Museo and Omnia Società Cooperativa. ETT S.p.A. produced and fitted out the multimedia set-up. The exhibition was promoted by the Municipalities of Bordighera and Dolceacqua, with the support of the Liguria Region, the Province of Imperia, the Compagnia di San Paolo and Permare s.r.I., under the patronage of the Embassy of France in Italy.