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MONTE CARLO HOSTS “PASSION FOR LIFE” ART EXHIBITION SUPPORTING GEMLUC

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Honorary President is H.R.H Princess Caroline of Hanover

The next Passion for Life collective art exhibition to be held from June 5-19, 2008 at the two Artemisia gallery locations in Monte Carlo will support GEMLUC (Groupement des Entreprises Monégasques dans la Lutte contre le cancer), whose Honorary President is H.R.H Princess Caroline de Hanover

Monte-Carlo

Principality of Monaco

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For Immediate Release

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Florence, Italy, 22 May 2008: The next Passion for Life collective exhibition will be held from June 5-19, 2008 at the two Artemisia gallery locations in Monte Carlo. The Passion for Life program supports fundraising for the fight against cancer and other important humanitarian causes, through the organization of high caliber contemporary art exhibitions worldwide. The Passion for Life program was founded by Antoine Gaber, both as an impressionist artist painter but also as a cancer researcher in drug development, focusing mostly in cancer treatments.

The Monte Carlo Passion for Life exhibition will be supporting GEMLUC Groupement des Entreprises Monégasques dans la Lutte contre le cancer, with its fundraising activities. GEMLUC was founded in Monaco in 1973 by Philippe Lajoinie, and Princess Caroline de Hanovre is the Honorary President. Since this time, the association has raised over 1.500.000 euros in funds in support of the fight against cancer: donated to assist cancer research, pay for scholarships for medical students and medical products, and give care to cancer sufferers. In each of the countries where Passion for Life has exhibited, the funds raised have been fully and exclusively given to the chosen local charity or association.

The main objectives of Passion for Life are: to increase awareness and early diagnosis of the disease and to fundraise in support of research.

As an example of some activities, in February 2007, Passion for Life fundraising art exhibition was held at the Chetumal Maya Culture Museum, in Mexico, in parallel several conferences were given by Antoine Gaber to increase awareness about cancer worldwide, aiming at students of several important universities. In June of 2007, in addition to Passion for Life fundraising exhibitions in Volterra and Montecatini, Italy, an exclusive fundraising Gala Dinner as a collateral event, was organized in collaboration with the 15th Congress of European Association for Psychotherapy at the Palazzo Budini Gattai, in support of the Department of Hemato-Oncology, Meyer Paediatric Hospital in Florence, with the special participation of the famous Patch Adams the physician who brought humor therapy for his patients into the hospital (Robin Williams interpreted the role of Patch Adams in the 1998 movie).

In 2005, the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea of Florence joined Antoine Gaber as Artistic Partner, bringing art to life in support of cancer awareness and research with Gaber’s International Passion for Life program. In December 2007, as one of the Florence Biennale collateral events, and as a follow up from the last 2 years, Antoine Gaber was invited as one of the key speakers to present a retrospective on his Passion for Life international artistic fundraising initiatives. The 840 artists present at the Biennale coming from more than 70 countries, numerous visitors, art critics, journalists and Italian and foreign government officials, attended Gaber’s presentation of Passion for Life. At the conclusion of his presentation, Gaber announced the next Passion for Life International event location to be held in Monte Carlo in June 2008, under the hospitality of Ms. Mirella Setzu, owner of Artemisia.
The exhibition in Monte Carlo will take place at the two locations of Artemisia (rue Princesse Caroline, 5 and in the avenue Princesse Alice, 5 , from 5 – 19 June 2008.

The vernissage will commence at the ARTEMISIA gallery rue Princesse Caroline on Thursday 5th June at 5pm, to be followed by a fundraising cocktail at 7pm at La Rose des Vents in Plage du Larvotto, Monaco, organized by GEMLUC. This event will celebrate the PASSION FOR LIFE exhibition opening and its support for GEMLUC. Some of the artists will attend the event along with personalities such as Michele Cucuzza and Amanda Lear who is also one of the participating artists.

Participating renown artists:

Barbara Alcalde, Figen Begen, Mary Brilli, Diana Calvillo, Brenda Charles, Antoine Gaber, Marybel Gallegos, Sietze Groenewold, Sumio Inoue, Maz Jackson, Betty Jonker, Kosmas Kroussos, Leticia Leal, Amanda Lear, Sinae Lee, Martin J.A. Nijman, Catalina Ochoa, Antonio Pugliano, Marieta Reijerkerk, Karl Stengel, Goga Trascierra, Karel Vreeburg

For further information:

Press Office: Studio Abba, Corso Italia 6 – 50123 Florence, Italy

Impressionist Artist Painter, Antoine Gaber:  www.antoinegaber.com

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The “Passion for life” program was initiated to continue to increase the awareness of cancer but also to the need to raise additional research funds to support our ongoing efforts to fight cancer,” said Antoine Gaber, Canadian Impressionist painter.

“Passion for Life” is an innovative and unique promotion, even more, because it now leverages the art Comunittee around the world with the significant support of the Biennale of Florence, in addressing an important issue that is close to all of us around the world. “I am extremely optimistic about our futur success as with my Fellow artist from around the world, we will join efforts to support the same cause”. said Antoine Gaber.

” Antoine Gaber’s ” Passion for Life” initiative is amazing, he has worked in Breast Cancer Research for many years contributing to the development of several breast cancer drugs, and now he is using his internationally recognized artistic talent to contribute to raise money for cancer research and awareness.”

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” Having worked for several years in cancer clinical research, Antoine’s passion for life and the well being of patients are reflected not only in his clinical research work, and his art, but in the philanthropic causes he supports. Antoine’s vision and focus have always been toward making our world a better one,” said Professor Kathleen Pritchard, from the Toronto Sunnybrook Cancer Center, Canada, and an internationally renown breast cancer specialist.

About the Artist:

Antoine Gaber unique combination as a cancer researcher, businessman and as an internationally recognized artist painter, represents careers that are opposite to each other, raising in several Countries more and more media attention, however, Gaber continuously plays a role in the advancement of art and science. In an incessant desire for harmony, Antoine Gaber, his artistic works, his humanitarian projects and his incommensurable dreams of communion with man and nature contribute in unison to the working of his straightforward mission: utilizing his talent to benefit a good cause. During his various exhibitions held in several Countries, Gaber contributed an important percentage of the sale of his artworks, and the profits from the use of the imagery of his art to raise funds to further support cancer research. Neither success nor notoriety can deter the painter from his ideals.
“Passion for Life” Artist Statement

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As a medical researcher, I have come to appreciate how precious life truly is. From the journey faced by those fighting to overcome illness, to the artistic endeavors I have experienced as I continue through my journey of self-expression, one becomes acutely aware life is more than simply existing. It truly is a celebration. If you choose to embrace every day to the fullest; mixing it with a sense of wonder and purpose, you, too, will discover your inner peace. You, too, will realize your passion for life.

Art Critic comments about Gaber’s artwork: Unedited quotes

Prof. John T. Spike, Critic and Art Historian (New York), former Director of Florence Biennale

“Antoine Gaber is revisiting the impressionists with a fresh eye and his own sensibility. Gaber has immersed himself in the glories of Impressionism. His brush and heart are dedicated to making the art of the impressionists the art of today.

Prof. Matty Roca, Critic and Art Historian; Member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA), (Mexico)

” Through Antoine Gaber pictorial voyage, one encounters color, and nature with the Artist own style of painting and brushstrokes. Self-taught artist, his starting point is his interest in all “creative evolution of things” and through his emotions and sensibility his interpretation of nature and details, becomes alive.

The mastering of his impressionistic style delivers in his art, the creation of contrast, tones, and a special rhythmic dynamism of light and of shade, are without any doubts, his strongest points.

The poetical reading of his artwork provides a universe of internal peace and silence. One can imagine being in a bucolic (pastoral) landscape filled with flowers and, a pond dotted with water lilies that irrevocably leads in his profound inhabited emotions felt during the creation of his paintings. “