The Monaco-Dolceacqua 500 exhibition highlights the Principality, but also the Ligurian city on the occasion of the twinning between the Italian municipality and Monaco, the first temporary exhibition since the reopening of the Grands Appartements of the Prince’s Palace for public tours.

The photographer artist Julien Spiewak, whose work is in the permanent collections of Musée de la Chasse et de la Nation (Paris), Musée de la Vie Romantique (Paris), Museum de Arte do Rio (MAR) (Rio, Brazil), Museum Van Loon (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Arario collection (Seoul), The Museum of Photography (Seoul) worked on this series for about ten years, and has been to the Prince’s Palace several times.

This exhibition, which will then move to Dolceacqua, crowns the twinning between the Italian municipality and Monaco, which will be solemnly concluded on November 3, 500 years to the day after the oath of loyalty of the trustees of Dolceacqua to Augustin Grimaldi, Prince of Monaco.

Corps de style, the exhibition questions the relationship of the photographic image with the human body as an artistic expression. The photos are part of a series of shots entitled Corps de Style which consists of associating parts of naked bodies with a work of art or stylish furniture. It is the idea of the body as it lives, like the furniture that lives through time, says the artist, whose photographs are on view through May 8 at the Palace.

The artist will have a solo show at Photo London from May 11-14 and the exhibition will travel to Dolceaqua to be shown until the end of summer.

The artist was very happy to exhibit in Monaco because he was not expecting a contemporary art exhibition in the Palace.  He took the photographs there, where they are exhibited, in situ, in a museum setting. It’s an interesting double look. And for visitors to the Palace, it is also an opportunity to see the Palace in a different way at the end of their visit. More photographs at Julien Spiewak’s website.

PHOTOS: Main, the artist explains his work to HSH Prince Albert Prince’s Palace