Le Figaro reports that a VIP dinner to be held in the galleries of the Centre Pompidou in honor of the museum’s fortieth anniversary was canceled this week because of a workers’ strike. Eight hundred and fifty guests, among them French collector Maryvonne Pinault and Russian banker and collector Igor Tsukanov, were informed that the dinner will be rescheduled.
The event is one of the Friends of the National Modern Art Museum’s major fundraising efforts. Tables for the dinner were priced at roughly $9,700 and donors on the guest list included Russian arts patron Anastasia Potanina—daughter of Russian publishing mogul Vladimir Potanin—and the Chinese entrepreneur and collector Mao Jihong.
A notice on the Pompidou’s website today reads: “The Centre Pompidou will be closed 29 March 2017 due to a strike action following the implementation of a French governmental law.”