Guggenheim and Dior Announce Dates for the 2014 Guggenheim International Gala

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Guggenheim Museum and Dior Announce Dates for the 2014 Guggenheim International Gala

Benefit Events November 5–6 to Honor Artists Carrie Mae Weems, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, and Wang Jianwei

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(NEW YORK, NY, June 16, 2014) — Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Jennifer Blei Stockman, President, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Sidney Toledano, President and CEO, Christian Dior Couture; and Raf Simons, Artistic Director, Christian Dior Couture, announced Dior’s continued support today as lead sponsor of the 2014 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG), which will take place November 5 and 6, 2014. This year, the annual benefit will honor artists Carrie Mae Weems, whose retrospective was on view at the museum this spring; Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker, members of the German artist group Zero, whose work will be presented in the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, on view at the museum from October 10, 2014, through January 7, 2015; and Beijing-based contemporary artist Wang Jianwei, whose commissioned work will be exhibited in Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, on view at the museum from October 31, 2014, through February 16, 2015.

“With the renewed support of Dior, the Guggenheim continues to dedicate our most prominent annual benefit to the museum’s international community of artists,” said Richard Armstrong. “We look forward to working with our friends at Dior to achieve another successful and inspirational gala this autumn.”

"It is with the greatest pleasure that the house of Dior is once again participating in the Guggenheim International Gala,” said Sidney Toledano. “We are proud of our links to contemporary art, and to be able to perpetuate them on such a prestigious occasion, alongside the greatest artists of our time; it is for us both an honor and a highlight.”

Honorary chairs are Sidney Toledano, Raf Simons, and Jennifer Blei Stockman.

The GIG will kick off with a pre-party and special guest performance hosted by the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council on Wednesday, November 5. The benefit dinner will take place the following evening on Thursday, November 6.

The funds raised are in support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, benefiting the museum’s general operating fund, which helps to present a dynamic array of internationally acclaimed exhibitions, offer a comprehensive range of educational programs, and maintain the unparalleled collections of modern and contemporary works of art as well as the facilities within the museum’s landmark building.

Tables to the GIG range from $75,000 to $30,000. Tickets to the November 5 pre-party, 9 pm to 12 am, are $500. For more information, visit

Champagne, wine, and spirits for the Guggenheim International Gala are provided by Moët Hennessy USA.

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). Looking to the future, 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 with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More information about the Guggenheim Foundation can be found at

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June 16, 2014

Lauren Van Natten
Associate Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Daniel Motta Mello
Public Relations Director
Christian Dior Couture
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