On Wednesday, Dec. 1, The Wolfsonian-FIU hosted “The Arts of Seduction,” an exclusive gala benefit as a part of Art Basel. Guests joined the legendary Isabella Rossellini and Margrit Mondavi at the museum for an intimate dinner featuring the cuisine of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the rare wines of Robert Mondavi Winery to celebrate Rossellini’s art exhibit “Seduce Me.” Following the meal, there was a silent auction that offered various vintage wines from Robert Mondavi Winery, a special bag designed by Rossellini for Bvlgari and a Bvlgari men’s watch.
The “Seduce Me” installation featured a series of short videos produced, directed, written and performed by Rossellini, and explored the seduction rituals of various organisms. Rossellini noted, “After my comical series, Green Porno, on how animals mate, I wanted to showcase a new series about how animals seduce each other with different, varied and incredible strategies…they might give us some new ideas about how to conquer our mates.”
The dinner was limited to only about 100 people, with ticket prices that ran for about $1,000 a piece. Guests included Wolfsonian Founder Mitchell Wolfson Jr., President of FIU Mark B. Rosenberg, Veronica Bulgari, Wolfsonian Advisory Board Chair Michael Kreitzer, Wolfsonian Advisory board members: Peter L. Corsell, Neil and Kira Flanzraich, Iran Issa-Khan, Gary Wasserman, Jeri L. Waxenberg and Wolfson, Louis Wolfson III, as well as Marvin Ross Friedman, Adrienne Bon Haes, Baudouin Croonenberghs, Ambassador Steven and Dorothea Green, R. Kirk Landon, Pamela Garrison, Leonard and Jayne Abess, Jonathan and Criselda Breene, Michael Breene, Dan and Jan Lewis, Alvaro Martinez-Fonts, William and Ann Nitze, Chad and Ilona Oppenheim, Tui Pranich, Adam Rose, and Walid and Susie Wahab.