Wedding celebrated inside the exhibition Love Is Love: wedding bliss for all à la Jean Paul Gaultier at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, August 14, 2017 – Last Saturday, August 12, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), in collaboration with Montréal Pride, celebrated the union of the winning couple of the contest “Say YES at the Museum!,” right in the heart of the exhibition Love Is Love: wedding bliss for all à la Jean Paul Gaultier. Manouane Beauchamp and Isabelle Binet exchanged their vows, in the presence of their friends and families, in a sumptuous setting featuring 35 nuptial creations by the humanist designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
Aimed at celebrating love in peace and diversity, the contest “Say YES at the Museum” offered two persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, origins or gender identity, a unique opportunity to be wedded within the MMFA gallery in which the exhibition Love Is Love is being presented. By means of this contest, the MMFA and Montreal Pride wish to promote inclusion and the struggle against LGBT phobias, as does the French fashion designer, recognized for his ongoing commitment to diversity and the expression of difference.
Many people entered the contest, each one telling their own love story. The jury, made up of representatives of the MMFA and Montréal Pride, was touched by the story of Manouane Beauchamp and his spouse, Isabelle Binet, a Montreal couple who are allies of the LGBT community. An ally is a heterosexual person who supports people from the sexual diversity and gender plurality communities, so as to contribute to their well-being, their acceptance in society and their struggles towards achieving equality and maintenance of their rights.
“With his wedding outfits that upset the stereotypes, Jean Paul Gaultier is sending a message to celebrate love in all its diversity. I’m happy that the MMFA and the exhibition Love Is Love have provided the setting for a union between two people who work daily towards making our society a more open world,” said Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator of the exhibition Love Is Love.
“Since 2007, Montréal Pride has been struggling for the rights of sexual diversity and gender plurality. Our allies’ dedicated work supports us in our efforts to secure a fairer and more equal world for everyone,” said Éric Pineault, Founding President of Montréal Pride.
Until August 20, the Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will bring together individuals from all over, bearing our message of love, peace and unity. Furthermore, the MMFA will be taking part in the Pride parade being held on Sunday, August 20, beginning at noon.
The love story of Manouane and Isabelle
The love story of this Montreal couple, who both love art and reading, began ten years ago with a date to go to a museum. Manouane had been watching Isabelle, “a wild beauty,” for several months, but he was waiting for the right time to suggest going out to her. A shared passion for ideas and the joys of discussion sparked their love and brought together the two lovebirds, who are now a computer systems management analyst and a psychologist. Since then, they have had a son, who suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy that requires him to get around in a wheelchair. Actually, it was during a visit to the MMFA that he first got his wheels going. Having a child with a disability represents a major challenge that can break many a couple, but Manouane and Isabelle’s resilience only consolidated their love. When the time came to select a godfather for their son, the couple opted for Manouane’s cousin, who was then having a hard time affirming his homosexuality, fearing he would be rejected by those close to him. The couple’s decision conveyed the strong message that this cousin has an important place within the family, regardless of his sexual orientation. Since then, each year, during the Holidays, the little family visits Toronto, the home of this godfather, who plays a positive role in the life of their 8-year-old son. With his spouse, this godfather today openly discusses their plan to adopt a child. “I recall,” confides Manouane, “having mentioned to Isabelle the idea of having the ceremony in a museum. After all, it’s a fabulous meeting place, where difference exists only to affirm the beauty of our world.”
LOVE IS LOVE: WEDDING BLISS FOR ALL À LA JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
May 27 to October 22, 2017
This installation brings together the most beautiful wedding creations of Jean Paul Gaultier around a giant wedding cake. Exceptional in their daring shapes and the refinement of their making, they speak to the eccentricity of this extraordinary couturier, renowned for his spectacular silhouettes, as well as his humanist and inclusive vision. This is a celebration of marriage for everyone, one that brings together heterosexual, homosexual, intercultural and interracial couples to honour love in diversity and peace.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of Aldo, JoliCoeur International, the Consulat général de France à Québec and Tourisme Montréal. The Museum is also grateful to Air Canada, Bell, La Presse and the Montreal Gazette for their unwavering support. The Museum would like to thank Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications for its essential contribution, as well as the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support.
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About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The MMFA welcomes a million visitors annually. Quebec’s most visited museum, it is one of the most popular museums in Canada, and ranks eighteenth among art museums in North America. The Museum’s original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported around the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, distributed among five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The MMFA complex includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall. The MMFA is one of Canada’s leading publishers of art books in French and English, which are distributed internationally. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programmes. mbam.qc.ca
About Montréal Pride
Founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ communities, Montréal Pride is dedicated to promoting LGBTQ rights and celebrates their cultural richness and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the francophone world, Montréal Pride works locally day-to-day while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world living in LGBTQ-hostile areas.
From August 10 to 20, 2017, the festival’s special Canada Pride Montréal 2017 edition will be part of the official programming of Montréal’s 375thcelebrations and Canada 150 festivities. It will offer more than 260 activities and events, with something for everyone.