Modern Painters (NY) recently listed GALERIE DE BELLEFEUILLE as one of the ‘500 Best Galleries Worldwide.’ The Montreal-based gallery has just expanded. Again. The flagship (GdB l) is found on Westmount’s tony avenue, where the space attracts collectors from all over Canada, and indeed, the world. GdB ll is across the street, and showcases contemporary photography. And on June 16, Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, the energetic couple behind the success story, unveiled GdB lll, located in the prestigious Port Royal Building, with an invitation-only champagne reception.
Jacques and Helen Bellefeuille (beside a Stephan Balkenhol)
The eve showcased a range of artists: Lynne Chadwick, David Drebin, Vic Muniz, Arman, Stephan Balkenhol, Hanneke Beaumont, Mel Bochner and Quebecers Paul Béliveau, André Monet, Nicolas Ruel, and Peter Krausz. Damien Hirst‘s famed ‘diamond skull’ image greeted arrivals at the front door; Dale Chihuly’s gleaming glass sculptures sat on shelves. Roberto Polidori’s images of Versailles were on the 2nd floor.
Over 400 guests arrived on a brilliantly beautiful eve. Photographer Nicolas Ruel, who was invited by Jean Paul Gaultier to film at the designer’s Paris studio, had his photos on display. Viz Muniz, whose giant paper boat sculpture Lampedusa showed at the 56th Venice Biennale, had a wonderful large work coveted by many. However, it bore a red dot. Two massive bronze Lynn Chadwick sculptures sat on the gallery’s main floor.
Artist Nicolas Ruel in front of his photo created at Jean Paul Gaultier’s atelier in Paris. An edition of this image is at Boulud, Ritz Montreal.
David Drebin’s famed light box photos shared a space with couture shopping bags – CHANEL etc – by Jonathan Seliger.
David Drebin (blue photo) John Seliger
As many ladies sported Chanel, Armani and Prada bags, the retail reference brought smiles. The irony was subtle… yet. Peter Anton’s delicious-looking chocolates – a charming trompe l’oeil – sat above the counter. Roederer champagne poured all night, served in Waterford crystal of course!
Amidst the crowd were art collectors …
Lynne and Andy Nulman (in front of a Chuck Close)
Tatanya Reeves, Michael and Sondra Palanghio
Artist Paul-Émile Rioux and Rosanna Grande
designer Aurelien Guillory and his wife Mila, Dr. Manish Khanna, Dr. Ronald Guttmann and his wife Dagmar,
Franco Rocchi, vp Le Château, Eva Friede, Style blogger, in front of a Vic Muniz (SOLD!)
designer Scott Yetman, Claude Abitbol, Sara Bayat, Parvin Mohyeddin, Louise and Michel Blouin, Caroline Bouchard, Pascale Bourbeau, architects Glenn Pederson and Martha Franco (with François Taschereau), designer Georges Remus and Louis Villeneuve, wealth fund manager, RBC; perapetic blogger / journalist Richard Burnett and elegant mère Lilian, and Bernard Levy, editor Vie des Arts.
Roberto Polidori (Versailles series), Hanneke Beaumont sculptures
Alain Simon’s fabulous florals
All three GdB galleries are open 7 days a week. GdB lll, 1455 Sherbrooke Street West. Le Port Royal. 514.933.4406