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”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. He was sitting in front of me, on a velvet couch. His face was half-lit by candles. We were in an intimate cocktail, at the 31st floor of the Waldorf Towers, where international artists and friends gathered to toast Grégoire Vogelsan – A belgian gallerist and art dealer. The man sitting in front of me, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan , is one of the artists Grégoire represents. There was something moving about the way he speaks. His voice was soft and poetic. There was a je-ne-sais-quoi that emanated from him, he had a certain sensibility… that was brilliantly translated in his art as well.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. We were discussing a series of paintings he had done. A series of portraits, called Mirrors, where women’s faces were placed over their hands. When you see the paintings, you first think of a huge photoshopped photographs,  printed in mural-esque dimensions. Not the case. They were actually large oil paintings…  The first thing that struck me was the precision of his work. Outstanding. Although the series are finely worked surrealism, they looked so… real.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. The series were a reflection of people’s relationship with social media and technology. The focus was placed on women’s reaction to social media. That certain image we want to preserve, that isn’t totally representative of our lives or emotions. Furthermore, his work suggests a certain lack of privacy… voir concealness. ”The best way I can explain it…” He said, ” … is the analogy of a kid who puts his hands over his eyes to hide. He thinks you don’t see him anymore, but you do.” So what’s your statement? What’s the conclusion of your reflection?” I asked.

”It’s rather an observation than a statement”. He said. ”I can’t answer a question that I’m asking.”

Photos: From his Facebook Page. 

 

Libre Comme L’Art. Divine like a dream. The MBAM’s annual ball was beyond mesmerizing: Gorgeous gowns, Starry set-ups, Elegant guests, Sparkling jewels (And smiles)…under the incredible roof of Le Musée Des Beaux Arts! Socialites,philanthropists, Business moguls, celebrities and influencers gathered in a fall night to celebrate art (and freedom), and raise money to finance the museum’s projects. What you (probably) didn’t know, the museum is a private institution that has to auto-finance itself to keep active – Which our city desperately needs, given the successful and positive contribution it adds to our society: It has a spectacular encyclopaedic collection and around 41 000 art pieces that inspire and educate the hundreds of thousands subscribers. Major Bonus Points for the extraordinary exhibitions they hosted last year: Benjamin Constant, Rodin & La couleur de Jazz. This might sound like nothing if you didn’t visit the museum this year, but believe me when I say the scenography around each exposition was completely insane.

Back to the ball. As we were entering the museum, a huge Eiffel Tower peace symbol was displayed – which made guests stop for a second to snap a picture or just to acknowledge the emotional meaning of the sign. But something with more gravitas keeps this ball popular year after year than the peace sign. Maybe it’s because of how the guests always look magical in their choice of gowns and attires (you never looked so good, Montreal). Perhaps this year it was the multi-disciplinary artistic set-ups of the exposition rooms (transformed into dinner rooms* for the night), to which many local talents contributed. Or perhaps it was because Tina Dupont presided the organizing committee* and that the exceptional dinner was signed by Helena Loureiro.

Whatever the reasons, I can’t wait for you to scroll down and check out the gorgeous pictures Josée took that night. In a room full of gowns, we sipped on champagne, had gorgeous discussions, met fabulous people and reconnected with old friends. It was a dazzling night, and I surely can’t wait for the next edition.

*The organizing committee is impressively composed by 15 notable professionals who distinguish themselves by the success of their respective career.

Photo Credit: Josée Lecompte