The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Young Philanthropists’ Circle is a group of young professionals like you who love culture and philanthropy. Members get together for various events that provide an opportunity to socialize and network while learning about art and philanthropy.

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3 Unplugged events + 4 Art Series!


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Art Chat No.10 – A look back at the imperial event!

On Thursday, November 30, members of the MMFA’s Young Philanthropists’ Circle concluded the year with a most exclusive activity by going behind the scenes of the upcoming exhibition Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace. The young patrons had the opportunity to discover unique works of art undisclosed to the public, some of which had never been presented in Canada or only been restored very recently. This came with erudite explanations punctuated by amusing historical anecdotes and stories from Sylvain Cordier, Exhibition Curator and Curator of Early Decorative Arts. This lavish cocktail reception was the perfect setting to admire the operatic performance of artist-in-residence Rose Naggar-Tremblay, from the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique, and to explore the galleries of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace.

The Museum thanks National Bank, partner of the YPC, and the Kounadis Family, patron of the Art Chats, for their unwavering support. The YPC would like to thank its partners for this memorable evening: gastronomic partners Kampai Garden and Le Richmond, Les vins Alvin, Forand Évènements, ABP Sofa to Go, Eska, OXO Translations and Bell Jar Botanicals.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Revolution Unplugged: A colourful blast from the past!

Last Thursday, October 5, members of the Museum’s Young Philanthropists’ Circle (YPC) and professionals, nearly 400 people in all, gathered at the Revolution Unplugged event for a momentous evening. For a few hours, guests were completely carried back to the late 1960s with Voyage Funktastique‘s psychedelic soundtrack, eclectic cocktails, go-go dancers and daisy crown making. The colourful and groovy event marked the last chance to visit the exhibition Revolution “You Say You Want a Revolution.”

An important celebration

In addition to discovering or rediscovering the Museum’s major summer exhibition, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle, highlighting the young professionals’ commitment to “their” Museum. The event therefore celebrated the 500 members whose efforts have contributed to collecting nearly half a million dollars for the Museum since 2012. The entire Foundation and Museum team were proud to wish them another happy anniversary, while hoping for the opportunity to celebrate many anniversaries to come.

The Museum would like to thank National Bank, presenter of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle, for its continued support. The YPC would also like to acknowledge the support of its event partners, Le Richmond, Tiradito, Forand Évènements, Bar à Beurre, Squish, Boozipop, ABP – Sofa to go, Bell Jar Botanicals, Moog Audio, Beam, Eska et Maple3.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Art Chat No. 9 – Jean Paul Gaultier as seen by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, MMFA Curator

On Monday, September 11, 2017, some 100 members of the MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle had the unique opportunity to enjoy an elegant and refined evening discovering the secrets of the exhibition: Love is Love – Wedding Bliss for All à la Jean Paul Gaultier, an event to mark the end of the stunning odyssey of The Fashion World of JeanPaul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This successful exhibition organized by the MMFA toured 12 cities around the world and was visited by 2 million people between 2011 and 2016, an all-time record!

Art Chat No. 9 was once again an opportunity for discussion, where members of the YCP had the chance to discover or rediscover creations by the famous French designer. They also learned the unpublished secrets of this collaboration, while revelling in other amusing anecdotes unveiled by exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.

Art Chat No. 9 was made possible through the generous support of the
Kounadis family and Peter Bakos.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Chagall: Color and Music Unplugged event

On June 1, the Young Philanthopists’ Circle transformed the Museum’s Glass Court into a veritable travelling circus where the art of Marc Chagall came to life! Chagall: Colour and Music Unpluged welcomed 450 guests and was a great success featuring skilled jugglers, elegant ballet dances and enchanting violin performances.

The event festivities were reflected in the evening’s gourmet offerings. Upon arrival, guests were invited to enjoy festive cocktails prepared by bartenders from Beam, accompanied by fantastic flavours from the gourmet food tables by Reuben’s, L’Écailler, Bleu & Persillé and Heavenly Taste Biscotti.

A contortionist, a strongman, a bearded lady and jugglers were also present in front of the successful exhibition’s title wall for souvenir photos worthy of a dreamy circus universe!

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle wishes to thank its official presenter, National Bank, for this cultural season crowned with success! The YPC would also like to acknowledge the support of its event partners, Forand Évènements, the École supérieure de ballet, Les 7 doigts de la main, ESKA, Rise Kombucha, Bell Jar Botanicals and the agency john st.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Art Chat No. 8 – Live from the Darling Foundry

On Wednesday, April 12, the members of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle left their usual environment behind to uncover the secrets of artists’ workshops at the Darling Foundry. In addition to providing a chance to learn about the exhibits on-site, Art Chat No. 8 was a unique opportunity to meet with artists with a well-established reputation in contemporary art and find out more about their creative process.

These visits were accompanied by guides with exceptional talent and knowledge: Caroline Andrieux, Founder and Artistic Director of the Darling Foundry, Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette, Contemporary Quebec and Canadian Art Curator and Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Violette Loget, museologist and independent researcher, Emmanuelle Choquette, art history researcher at UQAM and Director of ARPRIM, a print art experimentation facility, Daisy Desrosiers, Director of Battat Contemporary, and Alexandrine Théorêt, art history researcher at the Université de Montréal and recipient of the Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Award for Young Curators.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle would like to thank its official presenter, National Bank, as well as Kounadis and Perrault Law, presenter of the Art Chat soirées. We would also like to thank our partners for the evening: le marché Esposito, Oenopole wines and Forand Évènements.

Finally, the Circle wishes to acknowledge the support of its official providers: ABP – Sofa To Go, ESKA, OXO Translation, Rise Kombucha, and john st. advertising.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

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Art Chat No. 7 – The collective work of art of the YPC

On Tuesday, March 14th, over 150 members of the YPC gathered in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace to create a giant collective work of art inspired by Patrick Beaulieu’s work Les élans. Art Chat No. 7 was an exceptional and unique opportunity to express creativity while discovering the brand-new pavilion, accompanied by guides, as the only guests in the Museum.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle would like to thank its official presenter, National Bank, as well as Kounadis and Perrault Law, presenter of the Art Chat soirées and Crowe BGK. We would also like to thank our partners for the evening: Bevo Bar + Pizzeria, L’Écailler, Les Gamins Gourmands, Bell Jar Botanicals, and Forand Évènements.

Finally, the Circle wishes to acknowledge the support of its official providers: ABP – Sofa To Go, ESKA, OXO Translation, Rise Kombucha, and john st. advertising.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

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Art Chat No. 6 – Arts Patronage

On Tuesday, January 31, an intimate soirée welcoming 100 members of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle was held. Each attendee had the chance to learn all the secrets behind artwork donation and collection. Art Chat No. 6 – Arts Patronage offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet Paul Maréchal, art historian, collector and curator of the Power Corporation of Canada’s collection, for an intimate chat in the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion’s Hydro-Québec Hall.

Thanks to expert knowledge from Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (1945 to today) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this animated discussion revolved around the collection and patronage of art, particularly from Quebec and Canada.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle would like to thank its official presenter, National Bank, as well as Kounadis and Perrault Law, presenter of the Art Chat soirées. We would also like to thank our partners for the evening: our caterer, Ferreira, as well as Bar à Beurre, Rougié, La Bête à pain, Bell Jar Botanicals, and Forand Évènements.

Finally, the Circle wishes to acknowledge the support of its official providers: ABP – Sofa To Go, ESKA, OXO Translation, Rise Kombucha, and john st. advertising.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

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Unplugged Focus: Perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe

On Friday, December 2nd, the Young Philanthropists’ Circle (YPC) hosted a full house, bringing together 450 guests for the Unplugged event for the exhibition Focus: Perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe! Offering a unique multi-sensory experience to its guests, the YPC brought the New York of the 1980s back to life: in a room with psychedelic mapping, accompanied by voguing performances and a terrific concert by Gravel Route and DJ Erik Faulkner, lending an atmosphere to transport you into the world of Mapplethorpe!

Taste buds were also treated to the excitement of the New York underground, with tastings of Jim Beam bourbon and Courvoisier cognac, accompanied by finger food meticulously prepared by Thursday’s. Leather coats and king’s crowns were donned for a snapshot souvenir in tribute to the famous photographer – everything was there to end 2016 with daring and confidence!

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle would like to thank its official presenter, the National Bank. The YPC would also like to acknowledge the support of its event partners, Thursday’s and Forand Évènements, and its event sponsors, ABP – Sofa To Go, Nivea, BonBon Mania, Mr. Pop-Corn, Le Grand Costumier, ESKA, Rise Kombucha, Bell Jar Botanicals, and the John St. Agency.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Art Chat No. 5 – All about Toulouse-Lautrec

On Monday, October 3rd, over 100 young philanthropists experienced the world of the Chat Noir and La Goulue through an event entitled Art Chat No. 5 – All About Toulouse-Lautrec! It was a unique opportunity to learn more about the Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates La Belle Époque exhibition, thanks to the extensive knowledge of Hilliard Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections and Curator of Old Masters at the MMFA, who held an intimate discussion in the midst of the exhibition halls. The intellectual tone of the evening was then transformed into a festive one, with foie gras and cider being served while the jazz trio Lady Rouge created an ambiance worthy of France at the time of the ascendance of the Moulin Rouge!

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle wishes to thank its official presenter, National Bank, as well as Kounadis Perreault Law, presenter of the Art Chats, in collaboration with the evening’s partners: Rougié, ELLE Catering, Domaine Pinnacle, Fromagerie Atwater, Croissant Croissant, and Dames d’Alcantara Florist. The Circle also acknowledges the support of its official providers, ABP – Sofa To Go, ESKA, OXO Translations, Rise Kombucha, and john st advertising.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

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Unplugged Event Pompeii 

On Thursday, September 1, the Young Philanthropists’ Circle hosted over 450 guests at the Unplugged event associated with the highly successful Pompeii exhibition. The YPC offers a wide range of experiences during its events, and this time, it created a luxurious atmosphere worthy of an exuberant Italian soirée with sumptuous food tables, passionate singing, and the nectars of the gods provided in abundance!

You also had the opportunity to be transported by the magnificent voice of Cécile Muhire of the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique. Accompanied by DJ Justin Doucet, Alex Thibault on percussion, and Marilou Lyonnais on the harp, you relived the fateful eruption of Vesuvius through an artistic rendition and allowed the evening to be reborn from its ashes.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle wishes to thank its official presenter, National Bank, as well as the presenter of the evening, the Montréal CPA Order. The Circle also recognizes the support of its gourmet partners Parreira Traiteur, Le Saint-Édouard, Brera, Rémy Martin, Cointreau, Chocolats Favoris, Adonis, Forand Évènements and Les Délices Lafrenaies, and its artistic partners Graphics Emotion, Envirozone, ABP –Sofa To Go, ESKA – Naturally Pure, Rise Kombucha, Bell Jar Botanicals, Le Grand Costumier, and the John St. Agency.

Photo Credit : Frédéric Faddoul

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Art Chat no. 4 – Live drawing workshop

On Monday, June 13, around 100 young philanthropists participated in a life drawing workshop at the Circle’s 4th Art Chat. It was an occasion for several among them to discover their hidden talent for sketching dignified models in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere complete with gourmet refreshments and wine.

This audacious event was in line with the young philanthropists’ desire to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum and to get out of their comfort zones through highly artistic activities! Being a member of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle means enjoying unique and original experiences.

The MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle wishes to thank its presenter, National Bank, as well as the HEC Foundation Club des 100, presenter of the evening, in collaboration with Brera Catering, les Délices Lafrenaie Bakery, and Bar à Beurre, our event partners. The Circle also wishes to recognize the support of its official suppliers: ABP – Sofa To Go, ESKA Natural Spring Water; OXO Translations, Rise Kombucha, and John St. Advertising.

Photo credit : Frédéric Faddoul

Art Chat no. 3 – Your First Work of Art

On Thursday, April 14, during Art Series No. 3, members of the Young Philanthropists’ Circle received valuable advice on purchasing one’s first work of art in anticipation of the upcoming Papier16 art fair. This exclusive discussion on the art of collecting was given by Marie-Ève Beaupré and Émilie Grandmont-Bérubé.

The YPC wishes to thank its partner, National Bank, as well as Crowe BGK, the event presenter, in collaboration with ESKA Natural Spring Water, Rise Kombucha, and Arhoma!

Photo credit: Sébastien Roy

Unplugged Event for Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s From Hear to Ear
Friday, March 4, 2016, at 6.30 p.m.

On Friday, March 4, the MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle hosted over 300 guests at the Unplugged event for Céleste Boursier-Mougenot:from here to ear v. 19. It was a remarkable evening with a level of originality that managed to surprise the contemporary art lovers who attended!

MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle wishes to thank its presenter, National Bank, as well as Mondou, presenter of the exhibition, in collaboration with Ville-Marie Collection – Atelier d’Argentine, our event partners. The Circle is also grateful for the support of Baillat; ABP – Sofa To Go; Zonin; FOU D’ICI; Moog Audio; ESKA Natural Spring Water; Sébastien Roy; Rise Kombucha and Atelier Flora, who helped to make this event such a resounding success!

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The most recent Unplugged event – COLOURS OF JAZZ

On January 28, 2016, over 400 young professionals attended the Unplugged event for COLOURS OF JAZZ, 1920s Modernism In Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. This outstanding cultural event plunged participants into an atmosphere reminiscent of the Golden Twenties, with jazz performances and a sensual burlesque show by Cabaret Capone. This daring evening event was a thrill for jazz lovers!

The MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle thanks the firm Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, the event’s presenter, and Ville-Marie Collection – Wienstein & Gavino’s and Crowe BGK, event partners. The Circle also wishes to recognize the support of ABP-Sofa to Go, Danone, Baillat, Rémy Martin, Cointreau, ESKA Natural Spring Water, Rouge & Co. – Atelier Floral, Johanie les biscuits and Rise Kombucha, which helped make the evening a complete success!

Past unplugged events

Our Last Unplugged Event: RODIN

On October 16, over 500 young professionals attended the Unplugged Event presented in connection with the exhibition METAMORPHOSES: In Rodin’s Studio.

3 Good Reasons

To join the Young Philanthropists’ Circle

Get involved

Get involved and contribute to supporting art and culture

Learn

Expand your knowledge of art and culture

Benefit

Benefit from a network of professional contacts

Events

By participating in innovative exclusive events, develop your knowledge of art and philanthropy in the company of other young professionals aged 25 to 45.

In addition to these activities, as a Circle member, you will enjoy invitations to events held by our cultural partners, like the Darling Foundry.

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What Is Philanthropy?

Philanthropy is not simply a financial commitment; being a philanthropist requires the utmost dedication. At the Museum, philanthropy is an opportunity to learn more about art while contributing to the vibrancy of Montreal’s cultural scene. It is also a way to support one of Canada’s premier cultural institutions.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle is an initiative of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the YPC’s volunteer Organizing Committee, made up of some twenty young professionals.

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