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Guggenheim Museum and Dior Announce Dates for the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala‏ #GIG2015


Guggenheim Museum and Dior Announce Dates for the 2015Guggenheim International Gala with Performance by Grimes
Benefit Events on November 4 and 5 Honor Artists On Kawara (in memoriam), Monir
Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Doris Salcedo
(NEW YORK, NY – July 23, 2015)—The 2015 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG) will take place
on November 4 and 5, 2015, and for the third consecutive year will be presented by Dior. The
celebration will begin on Wednesday with a pre-party hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors
Council (YCC) featuring a special musical performance by Canadian producer, singer, and songwriter
Grimes. The pre-party will be held from 9 pm to midnight. A benefit dinner on Thursday will follow,
honoring artists On Kawara (in memoriam) and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, both the subjects of
recent career-spanning exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Colombian artist
Doris Salcedo, whose work is on view at the museum through October 12, 2015.
Proceeds from the GIG contribute to the Guggenheim Museum’s general operating fund, which helps
to make possible a range of internationally acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, supports
stewardship of the Guggenheim’s unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary works of art,
and provides for the care of the museum’s landmark building.
Honorary chairs for the event are Christina Baker, Phyllis Mack, Raf Simons, Jennifer Blei Stockman,
and Sidney Toledano. Event cochairs are Todd and Katie Boehly, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Denise
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum said, “The
Guggenheim is pleased to honor three extraordinary artists, On Kawara, Monir Shahroudy
Farmanfarmaian, and Doris Salcedo, whose work we have been privileged to share with museum-going
audiences this year and which holds an important place in our collection. We are delighted to be
working again with Dior, our invaluable collaborator in presenting the GIG, and we look forward to
building on last year’s success.”
Tickets to the GIG pre-party on November 4 include the performance, a full open bar, and an
opportunity to view a portion of the exhibition Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting. Tickets are $300
for YCC members and $350 general admission. A one-year membership to the YCC may be
combined with an individual ticket to the pre-party for the discounted price of $750. The event has a
limited capacity.
Current YCC members receive priority access to purchase discounted tickets. General admission
tickets will be available beginning August 6 at 12 pm. For tickets and more information, visit For further information on tickets to the GIG dinner on November 5,
About Grimes
Grimes is the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher. Best known as a producer, singer
and songwriter, “Grimes” also encompasses Boucher’s work as a director, painter and writer. In 2013
Grimes received a Webby Award for Artist of the Year and a Juno Award for Electronic Album of the
Year for her third record, Visions. Other albums include Halfaxa and Geidi Primes (both 2010). Grimes
will release her highly anticipated fourth album this fall.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the
understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through
exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that
began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy
Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao (opened in 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). The
Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art,
architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum, including with the Guggenheim UBS MAP
Global Art Initiative and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More
information about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation can be found at

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