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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 among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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