For close to 60 years, the Museum Ball has been the flagship fundraising event of the MMFA Foundation. This year, because of the unprecedented global context, we are taking the initiative of adding a new facet to this prestigious event: the first virtual auction of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, This is not a Ball, presented by the Royal Bank of Canada.
Intended for the general public, for members and for donors, this benefit auction, which will run from November 5 to 12, 2020, will enable the Museum to raise funds that are indispensable to the pursuit of its artistic and social mission. Works of art and exclusive experiences will be auctioned off online.
Under the co-presidency of Sandra Chartrand, President of the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation, and Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Québec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, This is not a Ball will offer you the unique opportunity of supporting your Museum and of participating actively in the local economic and tourist-trade recovery.
An original “made in Québec” auction
Three categories of lots will have everything to make art lovers happy:
Created in collaboration with prominent Montreal galleries, this category will offer works by renowned contemporary Québec and Canadian artists. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire acclaimed pieces by Pierre Dorion, Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet and Nadia Myre. In order to support the artists, the amounts set for opening bids will reflect the real value of the works. Only the amounts exceeding the opening bids will be turned over to the MMFA as a donation.
Exclusive original experiences:
The second category will feature unique, emotionally rich experiences. Anyone looking for fresh, new activities will be able to bid on a lavish night in a Museum gallery, or an unforgettable fishing expedition in northern Québec, including seaplane transportation.
Unique lots at the heart of the Museum’s mission:
This category consists of symbolic prizes. Proceeds from their sale will go entirely towards sustaining the mission and the long-term success of the Museum. A donor may for example take part in the process of a work’s restoration, or attend the setting up of a major exhibition.
The MMFA Foundation wishes to thank the Ball’s generous donors, who have agreed to convert into donations the sums they would have paid to participate in the event; the Young Philanthropists Circle, who actively contribute to the mission of the Ball; and the invaluable partners who generously offered lots to the auction so that the Museum could raise as much in the way of funds as possible.
A reminder that as an NPO, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts must, as a general rule, self-finance 60 percent of its operating budget. The last few months have certainly been challenging, but thanks to your generosity we strongly believe that this great institution will continue to play its full leadership role and to take part effectively in the well-being of its community through the development of innovative projects.
Organizing committee for the 2020 Museum Ball
Director general of the Foundation
In charge of the event
Jessica Eva Oyarbide