An evening of intrigue, competition, and mystery: question the stories and uncover the truth!
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is celebrating the return of our exhibition, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with a fundraiser on Saturday, May 9, 2015, that promises to be an evening of lively, friendly competition. Art: Fact or Fiction? is a game wherein participants will have to decide whether the stories about 20 of the Masterworks are fact or fiction. With guessing, guile (and prizes!), this one-of-a kind event will support Gallery programming for children and families, and is an event not to be missed.
More than 75 iconic and favourite artworks will once again grace the walls of the Gallery in a blockbuster presentation occupying the main floor of the Gallery, marking the first time these beloved and significant artworks will be displayed in New Brunswick since their departure at the end of 2012. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will open to visitors on May 2nd, 2015 and run until August 23rd, 2015.
During Art: Fact or Fiction?, participants will have the opportunity to explore works of art in a unique way: they have to decide whether the stories about 20 of the Masterworks are fact or fiction. Curators, Gallery staff and local personalities will be stationed beside each of the artworks to animate the stories for participants as they ponder, deduce or guess – fact, or fiction?
As an example, Henri Matisse’s Leda (1945) portrays the legend of the Greek goddess Leda with the god Zeus disguised as a swan. During the game, the participant might be told that Matisse was fascinated by doves and swans, and while doing a live study of swans Matisse was physically attacked by one. It would then be up to the participant to decide whether that is fact or fiction (for the record, it’s true: Matisse’s son Pierre took a photo of his father in a rowboat sketching swans on the Bois de Boulogne, where he was attacked by one of them.)
To add to the fun, music duo, Tomato/Tomato, currently one of southern New Brunswick’s most sought after acts, will perform. The price of the ticket includes appetizers, desserts, the opportunity to bid in a silent auction, and a prize draw rounds out the evening. Sponsors of the event include TransCanada Pipeline and CI Investments, with support from Chess Piece Pâtisserie & Café, Picaroons Traditional Ales, and Rob Blanchard Photography.
“We’re very pleased to present this evening of fun in conjunction with the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition,” says Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Gallery. “To paraphrase a famous quote, this event is a game wrapped in a mystery inside an enigmatic evening of intrigue. It’s a game that will appeal to those with curious minds and a thirst for knowledge.”