The Sovereign came to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin last Thursday for the opening of the exhibition "Les Journées de l'Art-Bre". This eleventh edition pays tribute to Josephine Baker.
Alongside the artist's children and grandchildren, and the mayor of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Patrick Cesari, Prince Albert II walked down the aisle of celebrities to unveil a bust of Josephine Baker in the heart of the town's Parc des Oliviers.
The singer, dancer, actress and resistance fighter became, in November 2021, the first black woman to find her place in the Pantheon in Paris. However, her family decided to leave her body in the marine cemetery in Monaco, next to her last husband and one of her twelve adopted children.
Josephine Baker had a special bond with Princess Grace. It was the wife of Prince Rainier III who allowed her to stay in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin when she found herself broke in the mid-1960s, with no place to live for her and her "rainbow tribe".
The Sovereign then donned an apron to complete another work in the park. With a can of paint in his hand, he finished the portrait of the icon of the Roaring Twenties, created by Nice-based street art artist César Malfi. The inauguration took place to music, in a 1930s atmosphere reminiscent of his first Parisian scenes.
Finally, to the delight of the large number of spectators, the evening ended with the show "Joséphine Baker, Paris mon amour", featuring the artist's repertoire.
The exhibition can be seen until 30 September in the Parc des Oliviers.
By Sarah INCARI