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Museum Ball 2023 | MMFA Gala in Retro Glamour Raised Over $2M

Museum Ball 2023 | MMFA Gala in Retro Glamour Raised Over $2M

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Ball, a gala synonymous with grandeur and generosity, celebrated its 63rd edition on November 18, setting a new benchmark in museum philanthropy. Attended by 1000 guests, the MMFA Ball surpassed expectations, raising a record-breaking amount of over $2 million.

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From left to right: Jo-Anne Duchesne, Director General of the MMFA Foundation; Stéphane Aquin, MMFA’s Director; Sylvie Demers, President of the MMFA Foundation; Charles Emond, Museum Ball’s Honorary Co-Chair and President and CEO of the CDPQ, and France Margaret Bélanger, Museum Ball’s Honorary Co-Chair and President, Sports and Entertainment of Club de hockey Canadiens; André Dufour, President of the MMFA; and Mary-Dailey Desmarais, MMFA’s Chief Curator | Photo Frédéric Faddoul

This year’s theme paid homage to Marisol Escobar, the iconic Venezuelan-American sculptor of the 1960s and 70s, transforming the event into a journey through time and imagination. Co-chaired by Charles Emond and France Margaret Bélanger, the evening began with an exclusive preview of the Marisol: A Retrospective exhibition.

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

Guests were then treated to a culinary delight, a gourmet meal showcasing Quebec’s finest products. The menu, a creation of Gabriel Molleur-Langevin from the Champlain Restaurant of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, was expertly executed by Armando Arruda and his team at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Frédéric Faddoul

The transformation of the Museum’s gallery space into a 1960s and 70s wonderland was the handiwork of Valentine Hinfray and Alexandra Briand-Soucy.

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

Their artistic vision was complemented by the architectural expertise of NÓS, as well as the contributions from artists like Cyndie Belhumeur, Nicolas Grenier, and the artful vandal MissMe.

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Artist MissMe with her mural in one of the dinning halls of MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Sébastien Roy
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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

As Jo-Anne Duchesne, MMFA Foundation Director General, was happy to tell us; the MMFA Ball is not just an evening of elegance and entertainment; it’s a lifeline for the museum. As a non-profit, the MMFA relies heavily on self-financing, with over 50% of its budget coming from such events. The success of this gala is a testament to Montreal’s thriving art scene and the community’s unwavering support.

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MMFA After-Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

The night was a dazzling display of Montreal’s commitment to the arts. It was an evening where culture, cuisine, and philanthropy met, creating an unforgettable experience. The event’s achievement is a reminder of the power of community and the vital role of art in society. You can see great shots of the Museum Ball in our mysterious photo album!

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

Here is what you need to know about the MMFA Ball

Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is the oldest art museum in Canada and a leading museum in North America. Its collection showcases Quebec and Canadian heritage and international art from a critical and intercultural perspective, and comprises more then 45,000 paintings, sculptures, graphic art works, photographs, multimedia installations and decorative art objects dating from antiquity to the present.

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

The annual Museum Ball is a fundraising event that is vital to maintaining the operations and activities of the Museum which, since it is a non-profit organization, must rely on self-financing to fund nearly 60% of its operating budget. Over $2 million in net proceeds were raised this year. These funds will enable the enhancement of the collection, the presentation of major exhibitions, the development of numerous educational and wellness programs, and the realization of other initiatives.

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MMFA Ball 2023 | Photo Alexandre Pittet

For those eager to be part of this grand tradition, tickets for the next MMFA Ball are already available. Contact baldumusee@mbamtl.org to reserve your spot.

Featured image credit: Mary-Dailey Desmarais and MissMe | Photo Frédéric Faddoul

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