Thursday, March 22, 2007

Free on April 12? Got an extra $1,000 lying around?


The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is holding something called a 'Collectors Symposium.' A cool one thousand bucks gets you in the door for this event, which is being called a benefit for the museum. As far as I can tell from this press release the museum is then going to subject a short list of contemporary art to a vote of the people in attendance in order to decide which one gets bought for the museum's collection. The details are a little sketchy, but as they say 'The choice will be ratified by majority vote.' I can only guess that it is going to be sort of like Survivor and some get voted out until there are only two left.

If my guess is correct as to how they are going to organize the evening, then I quite like the idea of them democratizing the whole art aquistion process - unfortunately by charging $1,000 for a ticket they are making things democratic for a small, very exclusive, and very elite few. And of the $1,000, how much is going to the caterer, the organizer of the event, and the entertainment? And how much is actually going to go towards purchasing art, and/or in the Museum's coffers?

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