A Collectors Symposium - At the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal



    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - This coming April 12, the Musée d'art
contemporain de Montréal will hold its inaugural Collectors Symposium, a new
benefit evening organized in cooperation with the Musée Foundation. The
eminent attorney and noted art collector Roy L. Heenan will be this year's
honorary chair.
    The goal of the Symposium, which will be an annual event, is to allow the
museum to continue building its collection. For the first edition, a number of
works will be selected from the wide range of art that Québec has to offer.
They will be presented to the gathering by Marc Mayer, Director of the Musée,
and his team of expert curators. Following the presentations, Symposium
participants will be called on to discuss the works and decide which ones
should be added to the museum's collection. The choice will be ratified by
majority vote. The pieces thus acquired by the museum will be subsequently
exhibited, labelled as gifts of the Collectors Symposium of the Musée d'art
contemporain.
    According to Mr. Mayer, "In the art world, everyone knows how the quality
of a museum's collection is a growth issue. We want to keep our leadership
position in today's art and continue to reflect the creative force of Québec
artists. But we need help to do this."
    Liza Frulla, President of the Musée Foundation, concurs. "The Musée d'art
contemporain is a major institution. However, its great challenge is to remain
one. The Foundation has therefore adopted an action plan to support the museum
in its determination to grow. This plan is based on new initiatives. And the
Collectors Symposium is one such initiative."
    Mr. Heenan is delighted to take part in this effort, especially since he
was Chairman of the Musée d'art contemporain from 1994 to 1998. "You know, art
collecting is a matter of both passion and reason. To be a good collector, you
need a love for art, but to love art, you have to know and understand it. I've
always found it essential to maintain a connection between art collectors and
museum curators. These experts enable us to learn about art, and we can then
better help the institution acquire quality works."
    Lyse Charette, a member of the Board of Directors of the Musée
Foundation, is in charge of organizing the event. In this capacity, she is
proud to announce the support of two major sponsors: the insurance company AXA
and Christie's Canada. "The support provided by these important partners in
the art market is truly invaluable. Their enthusiasm is clear proof of the
originality of our benefit evening." Ms. Charette would like to see the
Collectors Symposium reach membership of one hundred within three years.
    Tickets may be purchased, at a cost of $1,000 each, from the Musée
Foundation, at: 514-847-6272. Ticket purchase automatically entitles the
holder to membership in the Collectors Symposium. Other benefits will be
offered to Symposium members over the year.
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For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Cameron, Director, Foundation of the
Musée d'art contemporain, (514) 847-6272, sylvie.cameron@macm.org


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