Event Montreal Annual Ball Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

More than 1,000 guests gathered to show their support for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) at HARMONIES, the Museum Ball organized by the MMFA Foundation. Thanks to the valuable contribution of co-chairs Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE, and Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers, the fundraising soirée raised a record of more than$1.6 million in net proceeds !

Presented by RBC Royal Bank, the Ball highlighted the exemplary philanthropy of Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery, guests of honour at the soirée. The event featured the unveiling of the new Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World, a major ensemble of works from the MMFA collection presenting world cultures from an intercultural and transhistorical perspective.The evening was also an opportunity to mark the 100th anniversary of Tourisme Montréal.

Inspired by various cultures from around the world, artistic direction of the Ball was provided by Melissa Thompson of the creative wellspring Cirque du Soleil. She was supported by scenographer Anne-Séguin Poirier and guided by Steering Committee members Jessica Chen, Habi Gerba, Jennifer Nguyen and Michaela Sheaf as well as the MMFA Foundation team. Nine different materials used transversally by different cultures were chosen for the event: wood, metal, gold, porcelain, clay, textiles, stone, glass and paper. In keeping with its mission to promote local talent, the Museum also took the opportunity to showcase local artists and artisans by integrating their works into the soirée.

The gourmet meal, designed by Marcus Samuelsson, Chef at MARCUS Restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, was prepared by Executive Chef Baptiste Peupion and Catering Chef Hervé Dumont, led by Armando Arruda, Director, Outside Catering service, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

Pamela Lajeunesse