Rodin Closing Party – A night at the museum
By: Chloë Bellande – mtltimes.ca
Photos by: Julia Dawson
The Young Philanthropists’ Circle (YPC) kicked-off the season earlier this month at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), with their first unplugged event. On Friday October 16th, they hosted the closing party of “Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio”, right before the end of the exhibition presented by Fiera Capital. For this first Unplugged Event of the 2015-2016 season, the YPC hosted a bold evening of dance performances, moving statues and pop-up art workshops, all while being entranced by the beats of DJ Mary Hell. Guests enjoyed cocktail drinks from L’Atelier d’Argentine downtown and fine wines by Philippe Dandurand.
Known as the preeminent French sculptor of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) sculpted deeply pocketed surface in clay, and his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. “Being a sculptor is a tough occupation: it requires a strong calling, endless energy, ardent faith, hard work. (…) We are workers whose day never ends”, said Rodin, as it was written on one of the exhibit’s walls. Draped in an atmosphere set by Baillat and reminiscent of a sculptor’s studio, guests enjoyed a red carpet entrance while dancers embodied Rodin’s masterpiece, the Gates of Hell, before transitioning into KAIROS presented by emerging choreographer Andrea Peña and her impressive team of 6 dancers.
But the most anticipated surprise of the night was the $1000 draft presented by National Bank of Canada, where one lucky guest won the prize at the count of 9 o’clock. The D-Vernissage was the perfect opportunity for both the press and the young entrepreneurs to mingle and extend their network, while enjoying cocktails until they remembered that they had to go to work the next day…ah well! Life goes on.
ABOUT THE YPC
Founded in 2012, the Young Philanthropists’ Circle has over 340 members who are passionate about culture and who come together through various activities to better understand art and philanthropy, while having a good time and networking. Net profits generated by the YPCs’ activities contribute to the contemporary art program of the Museum of Fine Arts (exhibitions and acquisitions).
Save the dates!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2015-2016
November 12, 2015 – Art Series No. 2 – Heffel Gallery unveils the secrets of Auctions
January 28, 2016 – Unplugged 1920s MODERNISM IN MONTREAL: The Beaver Hall Group
March 22, 2016 – Unplugged From here to ear – Céleste Boursier Mougenot
To become a member: mmfa.qc.ca/ypc