The MMFA’s D-vernissages are back, offering amazing social and learning opportunities !

Despite the end of summer, back to school season and arrival of the vaccine passport for leisure activities….face-to-face activities have gradually resumed in force all over the city:

Last Thursday, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was proud to present their “reinvented” D-Vernissage in honor of their current major exhibition: Riopelle Meeting Northern Territories and Indigenous Cultures.

Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), is a major figure in Canadian, Quebec and international modern art.

The exhibition – running until September 12th , highlights nearly 160 works and more than 150 artifacts and archival documents that shed new light into the artist’s surrealists’ interest in non-Western arts, influenced by his friend and collector Georges Duthuit as well as by reading the works of anthropologists and ethnologists such as Marius Barbeau, Jean Malaurie and Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), L’étang – Hommage à Grey Owl, 1970, oil on canvas

Visitors to the museum can also see the influence Riopelle’s 1970’s hunting and fishing trips had on his art, as well as his discoveries and interest in northern territories and Indigenous communities in North America.

Drawing on an intercultural approach, the exhibit makes an unprecedented parallel between Riopelle’s works and some of the sources that inspired him, including a selection of Inuit masks and first nations works on the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Learn more about the exhibit here:


Those 40 and under are welcomed to apply to join the Cercle des Jeunes Philanthropes and support funding for contemporary art !

This is an ideal opportunity to socialize and meet other young professionals who, like you, are passionate about culture and want to learn about philanthropy.

By adhering to the Cercle des Jeunes Philanthropes, you will take part in the now unmissable D-Vernissages of the MMFA’s major exhibitions and participate exclusively in various trendy art activities such as Art Series and openings of contemporary art exhibitions.

Some of the perks of adhesion include:

  • Personal invitation to the D-Vernissages of the Museum’s major exhibitions
  • Personal invitation to art series
  • Personal invitation to Chiaroscuro evenings
  • Personal invitation + an invitation to the openings of the discovery exhibitions
  • Unlimited, priority and free access to all collections and exhibitions with a guest

Last Thursday the MMFA held their first re-invented D-Vernissage outside on Museum Avenue, where invite-only circle members enjoyed a very convivial and festive atmosphere where they could try numerous cocktails and savor tasty bites, while reconnecting with their peers and listening to the rhythmic beats of prominent local DJ S Y L A

Some of the generous partners for this evening included:

Club local: alcoholic drinks (
Olive orange: small bites (
BCommerce: photobooth (
Flirt Kombucha: soft drinks (
Fantôme Café : Cold brew coffee (

SMILE for BCommerce: photobooth (

After much socializing , guests were invited to head into the MMFA to enjoy the exhibition dedicated to the work of the great Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle.

To learn more about the Circle of Young Philanthropists and their numerous up-coming activities please visit :

Cercle des jeunes philanthropes | Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (

To learn more about the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | MMFA (