The Collectors Symposium, presented by National Bank Private Wealth 1859, was established so that participants could share in the experience of sitting on an art acquisition committee. This unique evening, which is much appreciated by art lovers and collectors, also offers those less familiar with contemporary art a chance to discover current works and the important role they play within a museum collection.

In the last nine years, this event that ties in closely with the mission of both the Foundation and the museum, has allowed major works to be added to the Musée Collection. The proceeds it generates, thanks in no small part to the generous participation of National Bank, have enabled the museum to acquire pieces by Etienne Zack, Dil Hildebrand, Valérie Blass, Ed Pien, Adrian Paci, Pierre Dorion, Michel de Broin, Nicolas Baier, Hito Steyerl and Jessica Eaton among others.

Collectors Symposium 2016

National Bank Private Wealth 1859

Symposium Committee: Marie-Ève Beaupré, Éric Bujold, Julie Couture, François Dufresne, Line D. Gagné, Eva Hartling, Sarah Joli-Cœur, Marie Levasseur, Danièle Patenaude, Vitale Santoro and John Zeppetelli

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Tickets: $1 000
RSVP: Marie Levasseur / marie.levasseur@macm.org / 514-847-6270

Collectors Symposium 2015

National Bank Private Wealth 1859

Symposium Committee: Éric Bujold, Danièle Patenaude, John Zeppetelli, Julie Couture, Pascal de Guise, Josée Bélisle and François Dufresne

In the spirit of a museum’s art acquisition committee, the ninth Collectors Symposium, generously sponsored by National Bank Private Wealth 1859, was held on Tuesday, November 3, in the galleries devoted to the exhibition L’OEil et l’Esprit.

Co-chaired by Julie Couture and Pascal de Guise, this fundraising event for the Musée Foundation brought together seventy guests who were invited to take part in selecting the next work that will enrich the Musée Collection.

Curators Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt, and head of multimedia Louise Simard, presented works by Patrick Bernatchez (Lost in Time, 2014, colour film transferred to digital support, 46 min, sound), Jon Rafman (New Age Demanded; Rivers North of the Future, 2014, inkjet print) and Jessica Eaton (cfaal 314 and cfaal 352, 2013, inkjet print).

Following their deliberations, our guests selected Eaton’s two photographic works.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1977, Jessica Eaton studied at the Emily Carr University of Ar t and Design in Vancouver (BFA in Photography, 2006). Her work poses existential questions about photography, its processes and the transition from traditional analogue technique to digital technology.

She literally fabricates her images using an analogue camera and a tripartite additive colour process she came across in an old Kodak manual. The title of her cfaal series clearly announces the references to Bauhaus artist Josef Albers and American artist Sol LeWitt—“Cube for Albers and LeWitt”—and her fondness for a concise, geometric formal vocabulary: cube, square, bands of colour, prism. She constructs cubes of different dimensions and paints them black, white and various shades of grey. She then photographs them several times on the same negative, placing a different colour-separation filter—green, red, blue—over the lens each time. This allows her to create vibrant compositions that start out from an absence of colour. Fully absorbed by the potential of the photographic process, she shows us iconic, abstract images that have nothing to do with reality but are primarily the product.

Collectors Symposium 2014

National Bank Private Wealth 1859

Committee: Barbara Baudinet, Josée Bélisle, Éric Bujold, Isabèle Chevalier, Julie Couture, Pascal de Guise, François Dufresne, Line Gagné, Eva Hartling, Danièle Patenaude, John Zeppetelli

In the spirit of a museum’s art acquisition committee, the eighth Collectors Symposium, generously sponsored by National Bank Private Wealth 1859, was held, quite unusually, in the exhibition galleries of the Biennale de Montréal, on Tuesday, November 4.

Co-chaired by Julie Couture and Pascal de Guise, this fundraising event for the Musée Foundation brought together some sixty guests who were invited to take part in selecting the next work that will enrich the Musée Collection.

The Curator of the Collection, Josée Bélisle, and MAC curators Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt presented three outstanding works featured in the Biennale de Montréal: Fatigues, 2014, by Abbas Akhavan; Liquidity Inc., 2014, by Hito Steyerl; and The Prophets, 2013, by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens.

Following their deliberations, our guests selected the video installation by Hito Steyerl, Liquidity Inc. Born in Munich in 1966, the artist lives and works in Berlin. Using water as a metaphor, Steyerl sets up a large, curved structure, a sort of enveloping wave, covered with blue exercise mats like those found in martial arts studios. She tells the story of financial advisor Jacob Wood, born in Vietnam, orphaned by the war and then brought to the United States under President Gerald Ford’s Operation Babylift. Wood lost everything in the crisis of 2008. He then embarked on a new career in martial arts. Water plays a central role in this remarkable story, in large part because of the words of Bruce Lee, who explains that to succeed in martial arts, you must “be water.”

The Foundation wishes to thank Birks Group for its invaluable participation.

Collectors Symposium 2013

Collectors Symposium 2012

Presented by National Bank Private Wealth 1859
October 18, 2012
Honorary Chair: Lillian Mauer
Chair: Dr. Diane Vachon
Works acquired: Dead Star, 2008, Cut Into the Dark, 2010 and Drunken Brawl, 2011 by Michel de Broin

 

Collectors Symposium 2011

Collectors Symposium 2010

Collectors Symposium 2009

Presented by National Bank Financial Group
November 12, 2009
Honorary Chair: Dr. Diane Vachon
Chair: Jean-Claude Baudinet
Work acquired: Remembering the Past, Present and Future, 2008, by Ed Pien

Collectors Symposium 2008

Presented by National Bank Financial Group
November 6, 2008
Honorary Chair: Niky Papachristidis
Chair: Dr. Diane Vachon
Work acquired: Intérieur (fenêtre), 2008, by Pierre Dorion

Collectors Symposium 2007