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May 21st, 1998
Young Friends Present 'Springtime In Paris' At Rodin Museum

"Springtime in Paris" will come to Philadelphia on Thursday, June 18, 1998, when the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art host their annual Party at the Rodin Museum. Festivities will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum, which is located at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Advance tickets are $35.00 for members of the Young Friends and $45.00 for non-members; tickets may be purchased the evening of the event for $50.00. As space is limited, reservations are suggested. Call (215) 235-7469 for tickets, or (215) 684-7822 for additional information.

"Springtime in Paris" will feature wine, beer and light fare served amid the sculptural masterpieces and exquisite formal gardens of the Rodin Museum courtyard. A spectacular sweepstakes—with the Grand Prize of a round trip for two to Paris (courtesy of Air France) as well as wonderful offerings from area restaurants and boutiques—will highlight the evening.

The Rodin Museum constitutes one of the most important collections of 19th-century sculpture anywhere in the world, and is one of the most distinguished museums devoted to a single artist. Second in scope only to the holdings of the Museé Rodin in Paris, it consists of 127 bronzes, marbles and plasters representing every aspect of the career of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the premier sculptor of the 19th century. Guided tours of the Rodin Museum will be offered during "Springtime in Paris."

Margaret Keene and Patrick McHugh are co-chairs of the event. Corporate sponsors for "Springtime in Paris" are Montgomery, McCraken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP; John E. Schade Associates, Inc.; Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen; Cohn Family Trust; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce—Young Professionals Network; Price Waterhouse, LLP; Center City Proprietors Association; Net Construction, Inc.; Packer Society Hill Travel; and WTXF-TV, Fox Philadelphia.

The Friends and Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art raise funds for the acquisition of art for the Museum through an active program of cultural, educational and social activities. Since 1964, the Friends have raised more than $2 million used to purchase more than 200 works of art for the Museum's permanent collections.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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