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Portrait | Angel Circle Evening Redrawn at the MMFA

Portrait | Angel Circle Evening Redrawn at the MMFA

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On Tuesday, November 16, members of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation’s ANGEL CIRCLE and their guests were in an open secret — the unusual hybrid of an exclusive cocktail party, portrait session and drawing workshop, followed by a playful tour of the new MMFA exhibition The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence.

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The Montreal Jazz Band added a vintage touch to the first Angel Circle evening presented by Broccolini © Sebastien Roy

Inspired by the works and genius of Karsh, one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century, attendees had the opportunity to experience a creative journey in which they were both subject, creator and admirer.

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Ms. Lam Jutras, co-chair of the Angel Circle, and her guest Kent Fortier posing for a portrait © Sebastien Roy

In the MMFA’s Glass Court serving as a studio, talented mediators had prepared a captivating workshop…

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© Sebastien Roy

…in which participants were initiated to portrait drawing 101, while mingling with other members of the Angel Circle who have a passion for art.

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© Sebastien Roy

The World of Yousuf Karsh exhibition was accessible thereafter in order for them to admire the famous portraits captured by the deep sensitivity of the great master.

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View from the exhibition The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo Denis Farley

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the artist’s wife, Estrellita Karsh, the MMFA became the grateful recipient of 111 pristinely preserved photographs.

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Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). Self-Portrait with negative of Peggy Cummins, 1946 © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

The exhibition — from September 22, 2021 to January 30, 2022 — features renowned portraits of political figures, influential figures of theatre, film, music, the visual arts and literature, as well as outstanding scientists and spiritual leaders of the 20th century.

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View from the exhibition The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo Denis Farley

A Private Essence also displays Karsh’s immortalized images of the cowboys, farmers, steelworkers and icons of culture and artistic achievement who embody the integrity of the Canadian spirit.

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Andreea Dutescu Vanacker, Angel Circle executive committee member, enjoying the Yousuf Karsh exhibition © Sebastien Roy

What is the Angel Circle?

Founded in 2016 by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the philanthropic goal of the Angel Circle is to support the presentation of major exhibitions and make the Museum more accessible for underprivileged families. Through joining the Circle, a member enjoys building strong relationships with outgoing individuals who want to stay abreast of new trends in art, design and music.

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© MMFA

The majority of Circle members are entrepreneurs and experienced professionals who share the same interests, including a great passion for culture.

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© MMFA

Activities for members are intended to provide them with experiences that no other visitor can benefit from, including the unique experience of visiting the art restoration laboratories and exclusive encounters with artists, curators, collectors and philanthropists.

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© MMFA

Here is what you need to know about the MMFA’s Angel Circle

Benefits:

  • An invitation for yourself and a guest to exclusive Angel Circle evenings
  • An invitation for yourself and a guest to the Premieres of Major Exhibition
  • An invitation for yourself and a guest to Discovery Exhibition openings
  • Free audioguides for all guests of Angel Circle members and their families
  • Free, unlimited and priority access to all exhibitions and collections for yourself and two guests

Website: mbam.qc.ca/en/philanthropic-circles/angel-circle

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Ron Cherilus, Angel Circle executive committee member, and his guest Samara Archange © Yannick Khong
Featured image credit: Anita Ekberg, 1956. © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

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