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Past Exhibition
 Poster design by Doc Levin, Paris


Contemporary Artists and Water Issues

Château de Penthes, Geneva

Inauguration on World Water Day, 22 March 2017 (by invitation)

23 March - 2 July 2017

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Eduardo Srur, Hora da Onça Beber Agua, 2014-2017, Ile Rousseau
22 March- 17 April, 2017
Stefano Bocallini, PublicPrivate, 2017, Chateau de Penthes


AQUA is a worldwide traveling exhibition on water issues conceived by Adelina von Fürstenberg, Founder and Director of ART for The World. The AQUA project centers on environmental issues related to water, using a selection of works by contemporary artists as a tool for reflecting on the role that this vital resource plays in our lives. Water is an essential part of all natural ecosystems and lies at the origin of every known form of life, including our own. Moreover, it is crucial to agriculture and industry. Since the dawn of history, humanity has recognized water’s consummate importance, identifying it as one of the building blocks of the universe, endowed with a profound symbolic and spiritual value. Composed of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and performances of numerous internationally renowned artists. AQUA's aim is to bring public awareness to the issues on the preservation of our environment and sustainability, in particular to issues linked to water and the impact of human activity on the equilibrium of our ecosystems.

AQUA will premiere in Geneva, Switzerland, on World Water Day, 22 March 2017 in two venues across Geneva- at the museum of the Château de Penthes, and on Rousseau Island (until 17 April 2017) in the heart of Geneva. The exhibition has been prepared in partnership with UN Waterthe UN inter-agency mechanism on freshwater related issues, and Geneva Water Hub and and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, The City and Canton of Geneva, Fondation pour Genève, CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA, and Fondation Migros. 

From 14 November 2017- February 2018, AQUA will travel to South America where it will be exhibited at SESC Belenzinho in São Paulo in partnership with the Regional Direction of SESC, one of the largest cultural institutions of Brazil, who continue to have an enduring and constant partnership with ART for The World since 1998, hosting in its venues more than 10 traveling exhibitions and co-producing 2 major films of ART for The World. 

2018 schedule for AQUA is still in planning, where it will be exhibited in other countries. Each edition of AQUA is a unique exhibition, incorporating the particular water issues of the context and specificities of the host city or institution, while offering engagement and participation of local artists in the broader dialogue on water, and in the international cross-cultural nexus which is ART for The World.


AQUA aims to raise public awareness of the notion of interdependence, essential to the conservation of our environment and to the future of our planet, with the participation of 30 some artists coming from different parts of the world with varied backgrounds, working in a wide spectrum of mediums including painting, sculpture, video-art, installation, photography, and performance on topics linked to the environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem, climate change as well as the preservation of water resources. These reflections are linked to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to goals Number 6 (sustainable management of water) and Number 15 (protecting and promoting ecosystems and biodiversity). 


We know that human activities have a direct impact on the resources of our planet, as well as on animals and nature with whom we share the Earth.  Issues such as ravaged ecosystems, climate change, endangered species, survival of fauna and flora in areas of development, propel us to question the relationship between man and all other forms of life.


With such a wide range of pressing issues, water is a major global issue in the contemporary world, particularly given its essentiality as a provider of life for all beings. When water is under menace, so too are all forms of life on Earth.


We human beings, just as flora and fauna, are like tributaries of water - vital and essential elements. AQUA offers the opportunity to discover new perspectives on these critical subjects through the eyes of contemporary artists.


The artworks will address the following topics:


  • Drinking water 

  • Sanitation and hygiene

  • Water quality and wastewater

  • Water use and scarcity

  • Ecosystems

  • Transboundary waters

  • Water and climate change

  • Water and urbanization

  • Water and conflict

Participating Artists, AQUA Geneva

Omar Ba (Senegal)

Nigol Bezjian (Syria)

Clemente Bicocchi (Italy)

Stefano Boccalini (Italy)

Alighiero Boetti (Italy)

Benji Boyadgian (Palestine)

Jonathas De Andrade (Brazil)

Silvie Defraoui (Switzerland)

Michel Favre (Switzerland)

Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan)

Francesco Jodice (Italy)

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (Ukraine/USA)

Shin Il Kim (South Korea)

Iseult Labote (Greece/Switzerland)

Salomé Lamas (Portugal)

Alexander Kosolapov (Russia)

Marcello Maloberti (Italy)

Andrea Marescalchi (Italy)

Carlos Montani (Argentine)

Marcelo Moscheta (Brazil)

Stéphanie Nava (France)

Luca Pancrazzi (Italy)

Dan Perjovschi (Roumania)

George Pusenkoff (Russia)

Shimabuku (Japan)

Eduardo Srur (Brazil)

Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon)

Maria Tsagkari (Greece)

Velu Viswanadhan (India)

Gal Weinstein (Israel)

Vasilis Zografos (Greece)


With the support of / Avec le soutien de

Global partnership of ART for The World  / Partenaire global de ART for The World

In partnership with / En partenariat avec

Special Thanks


Guillaume Barazzone, Administrative Councillor, Mayor of Geneva

Sami Kanaan, Administrative Councillor in charge of the Department of Culture and Sport of the City of Geneva

Michel Jarraud, Honorary Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva

Ivan Pictet, President of the Fondation pour Genève

International Geneva Bureau

Service of Public Space and Security of the City of Geneva

Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

Aqua Viva, Gewässerschutzorganisation, Switzerland

Medi@lab-Geneva, Switzerland

Agata Boetti, Paris

Anahelena Curti, Arte3 / São Paulo

Jack Persekian, Jerusalem

Julie and Edoardo Bugnone, Geneva

Nadine Tarbouriech, Paris

Serena Bencini and Archivio Marescalchi, Florence

Thomas Schumann, Water Security Fund, Santa Monica, LA

Bandjoun Station, Cameroon

Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan

Air de Paris Gallery, Paris

Anadiel Gallery, Jerusalem

Art Bärtschi & Cie Gallery, Geneva

Sébastien Bertrand Gallery, Geneva

Blondeau & Cie Gallery, Geneva

Andrea Caratsch Gallery, St. Moritz

espace_L Gallery, Geneva

Lelong Gallery, Paris

Sprovieri Gallery, London

Vermelho Gallery, São Paulo.

Remerciement particuliers

Guillaume Barazzone, Conseiller Administratif, Maire de Genève

Sami Kanaan, Conseiller Administratif en charge du Département de la culture et du sport de la Ville de Genève

Michel Jarraud, Secrétaire général honoraire de l’OMM (Organisation météorologique mondiale), Genève

Ivan Pictet, Président de la Fondation pour Genève

Service de la Genève internationale

Service de la sécurité et de l'espace publics de la Ville de Genève

Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

Aqua Viva, Gewässerschutzorganisation, Switzerland

Medi@lab-Genève, Suisse ;

Agata Boetti, Paris

Anahelena Curti, Arte3 / São Paulo

Jack Persekian, Jérusalem

Julie et Edoardo Bugnone, Genève

Nadine Tarbouriech, Paris

Serena Bencini e Archivio Marescalchi, Florence

Thomas Schumann, Water Security Fund, Santa Monica, LA

Bandjoun Station, Cameroun

Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Galerie Riccardo Crespi, Milan

Galerie Air de Paris, Paris

Galerie Anadiel, Jerusalem

Galerie Art Bärtschi & Cie, Genève

Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Genève

Galerie Blondeau & Cie, Genève

Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz

Galerie espace_L, Genève

Galerie Lelong, Paris

Galerie Sprovieri, Londres

Galerie Vermelho, São Paulo. 

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