In the current climate of arrested utopias, attacks on cultural heritage, assaults on imagination and knowledge, Luciano Benetton’s global art project presents the exhibition Map of the New Art, offering an art without borders that breaks the silence, transcends differences, pushes civilization towards new horizons. Representing the five continents, the exhibition includes collections from more than 40 countries and native peoples, for a total of 6,930 artists with 10×12 cm works. With a quality and quantity of protagonists (renown and emerging), artworks, languages and ideas that make it both original and unique, the exhibition will be inaugurated today (in conjunction with the 56th Biennale and the imminent 2015 Venice Film Festival), at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and will run from 1 September to 1 November 2015.
Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection Map of the New Art
1 September – 1 November 2015 opening hours: 10am – 7pm closed on Wednesdays
Fondazione Giorgio Cini,
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
«This exhibition at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini has a very special significance», says Luciano Benetton. «In a certain sense, the vast numbers of artists present reproduce the world I would ideally like. A world without borders and without political, ideological or religious barriers. Where people work for beauty. And where diversity and freedom of expression are seen as a great wealth. I often say that if it were up to artists, there would be no wars. This is why every new artist, collection, people and nation of Imago Mundi adds a creative and impassioned piece to that map of the new art which we hope will come to include the lands of Utopia, of hope and of peace».
The rooms of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini house the Imago Mundi collections of Algeria, the Kalahari Bushmen, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda/Rwanda/Burundi (AFRICA); Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, the United States and Indigenous Native Americans (AMERICAS); Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Jordan, North Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Tibet (ASIA); Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (EUROPE); the Aboriginal artists of Australia (OCEANIA).
Outside the Foundation, visitors are greeted by an installation designed by Tobia Scarpa formed of five flags (4 metres high), each displaying a work representing one of the five continents in a symbolic welcome to the global and creative territory of Imago Mundi. The architect Tobia Scarpa was also responsible for the special exhibition structure, designed as a welcoming space, which, in a long sequence of images presented by country, emphasizes the richness of the collections and, at the same time ensures visibility of the individual paintings. Thanks to the exhibition stands that close like the pages of a book, the structure is also easy to transport and install, supporting the itinerant aims of the collections.
Under the aegis of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Imago Mundi is today a democratic, collective and global project that pushes towards new artistic horizons. North and South, East and West, countries historically opposed and divided, dialogue with each other in the name of Art: by the end of 2015 the project will have engaged more than 20,000 artists from over 100 nations and native peoples. Imago Mundi promotes them internationally through catalogues, the web platform www.imagomundiart.com and participation in events and exhibitions in collaboration with private and public institutions across the world: from Venice (Biennale 2013) to Senegal (Dak’Art Off 2014), from Rome (Museo Carlo Bilotti, 2014/2015) to New Orleans (NOMA, 2014/2015), from Vienna (Belvedere & Winter Palace, 2015) to Turin (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 2015)
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