Les Printemps du MAC came roaring back Friday, June 3rd, at Auberge Saint-Gabriel, where more than 800 guests gathered for this celebration of contemporary art. Presented by National Bank, the 14th edition of this benefit gala, themed Hasard Bazar, raised over $100,000 in support of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC).
Les Printemps du MAC events are known for being spectacular and festive, with an ultra-hip and trendy crowd celebrating freedom of expression and inclusiveness in style and genre, and this year’s edition lived up to that reputation. Hasard Bazar offered a unique and surreal experience.
The guests at Auberge Saint-Gabriel were sporting looks both glam and theatrical featuring diamonds, sequins, masks, hairstyles of every colour and extravagant makeup.
With famous TV host Julie Snyder as honorary chair, wearing a fabulous Schiaparelli necklace, Francis Guindon and Lysandre Laferrière sharing actual co-chair duties, Nikolaos Lerakis providing artistic direction, and Allison Forbes taking care of production and event management, the participants had a fantastic time!
This immersive event offered guests some memorable experiences, including the MAC’s creative workshop inspired by the Mika Rottenberg exhibition…
…a flower-bedecked makeup touch-up station by Lancôme, the event’s official beauty partner…
…and a heavenly photo booth presented by National Bank.
The guests were plunged into phantasmagorical settings where hallucination blended with reality in spaces like Purgatory, the Atlantis Room and the Room of Dreams.
Characters brought to life by performers from the Sanctuary Project playfully created surprise and mystery within the crowd, and handed out enigmatic maps that kept participants moving through the various areas of the Auberge.
…not to mention hearing an opera performance by Pierrot-Pierre Heault!
The evening’s art auction, curated by Erika Del Vecchio of the Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain gallery, brought in over $45,000. There were 34 lots up for bids, including works by twenty Canadian artists. A full 30% of the proceeds from the auction will go to support these artists.
Attendees at the event were treated to a display of works by Frances Adair Mckenzie, Club de dessin Montréal, Lan Florence Yee, Dan Climan, Mati Contal, Mara Eagle, Berirouche Feddal, Maryse Goudreau, Paul Hardy, Xavier Harper, Clara Jorisch, Laurent Lévesque, Alexandra Levasseur, Samuel Pasquier, Alexandre Pépin, Simon Petepiece, Julie Roch Cuerrier, Édith Sévigny-Martel, Mégane Voghell, and Tess Roby.
We must really thank Francis Guindon (Quartz Co. and WANT Les Essentiels) for inviting us to experience this evening-like-no-other. Les Printemps du MAC are definitely one of Montreal’s best open secrets.
Here is what you need to know about Les Printemps du MAC
Created in 2006, Les Printemps du MAC takes shape each year under the management of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee, a group of young philanthropists with a passion for contemporary art who shoulder the work of organizing a unique event with real added value for the guests, and of raising the MAC’s profile for the benefit of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain. Born out of a desire to make younger generations more aware of contemporary art and of the MAC’s essential role in conserving and exhibiting this legacy at the provincial, national and international levels, this event makes a direct contribution to the MAC’s development since all proceeds from the gala flow to the Fondation du MAC.
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