A-list New Yorkers are very well aware that the city, especially during this season when Christmas is just around the corner, turns into the mecca of fundraisers, galas and charity events. The annual Guggenheim International Gala is for its high-profile reputation considered to be the peak of the charity season for many prominent celebrities.
It was not any different this year and the event was fully packed with a completely star-studded guest list.
Each year the gala takes place at the renowned Guggenheim Museum of modern art in New York. The museum building itself is considered to be an architectural monument and that is one of the reasons why it attracts so many A-list guests.
The Fashion House of Dior who hosted the event for the sixth year in a row gathered only the highest elite of the Upper East Side. Not only were the guests throughout the whole evening entertained by fresh tunes of hip talent DJ Amrit but they were also presented with a several course dinner that was served by top-notch New-York based caterers.
Additionally, the guests had the opportunity to observe the latest addition to the gallery’s portfolio, the ‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ exhibition.
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The work of two women artists, Hilma af Klint and R. H. Quaytman, currently on view in our rotunda, has challenged us to to think about the history of modernist painting in new and vital ways. Follow along this week to discover abstract artists from the #GuggenheimCollection! #AbstractArtWeek __ Contemporary artist R. H. Quaytman has been studying and thinking about Hilma af Klint’s work for almost 30 years. “To ‘obey intuition’ and ‘understand only in part’ were two commands Hilma af Klint received and I chose to follow… She was able to find and deploy her visual ideas by asserting they were not her own. I, too, occasionally use this technique of finding a way to paint through another artist’s authority—when that other artist’s work in some way changed my thinking about what a painting could do or be. The idea of uniting my individual paintings through the metaphor of books and chapters came directly from af Klint’s simple, but unheard of notion, that all her work was one.”—R. H. Quaytman. __ Artwork: R. H. Quaytman, “+ x, Chapter 34” (2018); R. H. Quaytman, “+ x, Chapter 34” (2018); Photo: David Heald #RHQuaytman #Guggenheim #AbstractArt
Some of the prominent guests that attended the event were the actress and fiery philanthropist Gwyneth Paltrow who was dressed head-to-toe in custom Dior pieces specifically designed for the event. The singer Jorja Smith was also styled and glammed up by Dior in a couture custom-made sweetheart gown.
The gala dinner ended up being an amazing success notably thanks to the generous donations of the Edmond de Rothschild foundations and philanthropists Dimitris Daskalopoulos and Alice Walton.
The celebs seemed to have had a fabulous time while supporting a good cause and promenading Dior couture looks for our entertainment. Cannot wait until next year’s gala!