The National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) – Villa Paloma, is presenting a BLPS installation in the Principality on 20 February to 30 September 2014 as part of the Richard Artschwager exhibition!

So what is a BLP?

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Pronounced “blip”, the BLP was created by Richard Artschwager at the end of the 1960s.

BLPs are black oblong marks with rounded ends which aim to draw our attention to those places and things around us that often go unnoticed.


They are produced from a range of materials ranging from vinyl, spray-painted stencils to wood and rubberised horsehair. Artschwager’s BLPS have been affixed in numerous public places in the United States and Europe (underground stations, building façades, museums etc.).

These BLPS have transformed art spaces and city streets for decades, creating an opportunity for the “useless looking” to which the artist aspired throughout his career.

About Richard Artschwager

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) created paintings, sculptures and drawings for sixty years which sabotage our perception of daily life and everyday objects, thus turning the familiar into the unusual. Since he began as a designer, he set out to produce “useless objects”, works of art which would bring an end to our nonchalant perception on the world and which would bring about a visual and physical meeting in real time and common space.


His work gave rise to one of the most remarkable late 20th century works of rare conceptual and aesthetic power which blend minimalism, conceptual art and pop art. He took his experimentation to the extreme with BLPS, elongated “dots” that he started to produce in 1967 and 1968, which are present everywhere in the museum and make the surroundings more “visible”, according to the artist himself.

BLPS installed in Monte-Carlo SBM establishments

The French Riviera has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The light, the sea and the scenery have all fuelled creativity. Monte-Carlo is bothcontemporary and classical, a place where you can experience the timeless pleasures of luxury, gambling and nightlife as well as the amazement of art, the audacity of architecture, the discoveries of science and technology, where the sweetness of the Belle Epoque meets futuristic fantasies.


For over 150 years, the Société des Bains de Mer, which began by offering its clients a unique and “complete experience” and not just a simple holiday, has been on the lookout for talent which marks or will mark design internationally.

Artistic styles fuse and highlight the SBM’s different establishments.


Ten establishments in the group are participating in the project, so it’s up you to spot the BLPS!

Participate in the great #BLPMC competition

Let your gaze wander in our urban areas, look out for BLPS and share your discoveries from 20 February to 30 September 2014 by publishing your photo of a BLP with the hashtag #blpmc on Instagram or Twitter or send it by email to: 


The winner will be drawn on 1 October and will enjoy a night for two at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort as well as a treatment at theCinq Mondes SPA.



For further information: www.blpmc.com  


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