ART for The World is an NGO associated with the UNDPI (United Nations Department of Public Information). Its mission is to create, through the universal language of art a meaningful and enduring dialogue among diverse peoples, cultures, and world views in order to encourage tolerance and solidarity and to foster education as a human right.
ART for the World is a direct outgrowth of the exhibition Dialogues of Peace which was conceived to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.
ART for The World organizes exhibitions with the participation of artists from all over the world. These events are based on the ideals of human rights, dignity, freedom, peace and solidarity enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proclaimed as fundamental values by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
With its underlying ideals, shared by artists, intellectuals, curators, collectors, other concerned individuals, as well as contributing institutions and corporations, ART for The World organizes its special exhibitions and events in culturally significant places in Europe and around the world in order to develop, on a wide scale, greater awareness and a deeper understanding of creative endeavour and its importance to human welfare.
By presenting contemporary works of art specifically conceived for historical sites momentarily turned into contemporary museums, such as a Hispanic convent in Mexico, an Armenian monastery on the Venetian lagoon, or a Medersa in Morocco, ART for The World brings new life to ancient monuments thereby attracting both new audiences and extensive media coverage, and is thus able to spread its message both locally and internationally.
ART for The World works in close collaboration with the artists' community and with the institutions that defend and promote the principles of human rights: the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the High Commissioner for Refugees, etc and the European Parliament.
ART for The World is the only non governmental organisation associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information actively involved in promoting solidarity and democracy through contemporary art.
The mission of ART for The World is to build a bridge between art and society. Its initiatives indissolubly join aesthetic as well as humanitarian purposes, with a view to raise public attention on the issues that stir up our society.
Subodh Gupta, The Way Home, 1998-99
|Black Breakfast, short movie by Jia Zhang Ke, 2008|