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MŒA One-to-One Interviews: Elena Rossoni-Notter, Director of Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. Prince Albert 1er de Monaco, a unique Sovereign from Prehistory to today.

Updated: Feb 10

It is a figure who contributed widely to the cultural and scientific impulse of the Principality. The focus on Prince Albert I of Monaco, in the history of the Principality has recently given the input to inaugurate an unprecedented exhibition entitled ALBERT 1er, Un Prince préhistorien” (ALBERT 1st, A Prehistoric Prince) included in the visit of the Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco (Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology) since April 2023.

Photo >> The new exhibition area entitled “ALBERT 1er, Un Prince préhistorien” - ALBERT 1st, A Prehistoric Prince © Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco

Elena Rossoni-Notter, Director of the Museum, pointed out exclusively to MONACŒCOART®: « The Centenary of Prince Albert I’s death took place in 2022, in parallel with the 120-year anniversary of foundation of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, both showroom and archaeological research institutions. The Museum team wanted therefore to pay tribute to the Prince and Scientist by conceiving this exhibition. It aims at discovering the Sovereign Prince under a different light. In fact, He played a major role to boost Research and History of Archaeology. Various stages of His life, the first methodical excavations, the exploration of ornate caves. Some examples that show that Albert I was at the heart of His age, from the very beginning! Then, a journey among His greatest archaeological discoveries and revolutions. From the caves of Grimaldi to Spain, from the creation of this Museum to His contribution to the Human Palaeontology Institute in Paris. These are the main sections allowing visitors to explore this amazing Prince and His charming thinking».

Photo >> Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology © Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco

The exhibition itinerary is divided in four main sections : 1. The origins of passion;

2. The man in the field ; 3. The scientist and 4. From Prince Albert I to SAS Prince Albert II.

Photo >> The Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology © Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco.

The Director of the Museum concluded : « We can say that Prince Albert I is still a fundamental figure in today Museum’s research. Many scientific articles and works are inspired by His methods and techniques of excavation, innovative for the time. The research programmes he had conducted, both in Monaco and elsewhere, are still the foreground of new studies carried out by our team, notably: excavations at the cave of the Observatoire (Observatory), the research at Prince de Monaco and Gayans caves, etc. More than 100 years after, we are always on the footsteps and at the heart of the archaeological themes launched by the Founder of the Museum! » ***

To know more about Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology please visit: Musée d'Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco.


By Maurice Abbati

Springer International Publishing

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