Atelier Van Lieshout
Fabiana De Barros
Paola Di Bello
Filippo di Sambuy
Domingo Sanchez Blanco
A travelling exhibition presenting models of playgrounds and educational toys created by artists, architects and designers from all over the world. The aim of this project, launched by Art for The World in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is to provide concrete help to the over 11 million refugee children who suffer from social injustice and live in unacceptable conditions, either abused or exploited, living in the tents of the refugee camps bordering the war zones.
The Museum of Oceanography in Monte-Carlo is proud to host the travelling exhibition presenting models of playgrounds and educational toys created by artists, architects and designers from all over the world.
The aim of this project, launched by Art for The World in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is to provide concrete help to the over 11 million refugee children who suffer from social injustice and live in unacceptable conditions, either abused or exploited, living in the tents of the refugee camps bordering the war zones.
The artists who contributed to this project searched for the child inside them and created playgrounds and toys that are able to strike the universal chords. They created simple works, built with materials readily available, adaptable to the needs of different areas and cultures. Through these works, a message of hope is conveyed, which also raises awareness internationally â€“ a sense of responsibility that should have an effect upon the diverse bodies of society.
At each stage of this itinerant exhibition, Playgrounds and Toys incorporates a wider list of participants, and is distinct in character each time. While a local jury composed of children and adults select one or more exhibited works, Art for The World organizes the fundraising to produce the selected model in full scale size. The playground is then built in the chosen areas, such as Armenia, India and Greece etc.
List of Participants â€“ Artists and Architects
Vito Acconci, artist USA
Andreas Angelidakis, architect Greece/Norway
Igor Antic, artist Serbia
Atelier Van Lieshout, artist Holland
Sergio Augusto, artist Brazil
Carlo Berarducci, architect Italy
Stefano Boccalini, artist Italy
Daniel Buren, artist France
Paolo Canevari, artist Italy
Fabiana De Barros, artist Swiss
Paola Di Bello, artist Italy
Filippo di Sambuy, artist Italy
Braco Dimitrijevic, artist France
Guillaume Dufresne, artist France
Bruce Dunning, architect Swiss
Johannes Egger, artist German
Sylvie Fleury, artist Swiss
Fabrice Gygi, artist Swiss
Noritoshi Hirakawa, artist Japan
Shirazeh Houshiary & Pip Horne, artist & architect Iran & UK
Alfredo Jaar, artiste Chili
Ashot Kanayan, architect Armenia
Romi Khosla and Martand Khosla, architects India
Joseph Kosuth, artist USA
Lauda & Donegani, designer Italy
GÃ©rald Minkoff & Muriel Olesen, artists Switzerland
Tony Morgan, artist U.K.
Liliana Moro, artist Italy
Yorgos Nikas, artist Greece
Maria Papadimitriou, artist Greece
Angelo Plessas, artist Greece
Annie Ratti, artist Italy
David Renaud, artist France
Bleue Roy, artist France
Domingo Sanchez Blanco, artist Spain
Franck Scurti, artist France
Teresa Serrano, artist Mexico
Edgard Soares, artist Brazil
Vivan Sundaram, artist India
BarthÃ©lÃ©my Toguo, artist Cameroun
Fabien Verschaere, artist France
Nari Ward, artist Jamaica
Chen Zhen, artist France
ART for The World
Art for The World is a not for profit organization for the promotion of humanitarian objectives through the medium of contemporary art, based in Geneva, Switzerland. By working with international artists, the organization seeks to establish meaningful dialogues between peoples of various cultures, reflecting different views of the world.
The organization focuses on themes and projects that encourage: peace, tolerance and solidarity, education and culture as means for the defense and promotion of human rights. Art for the World seeks to achieve these aims through the organization of cultural events such as: exhibitions of contemporary art, concerts, lectures, publications, symposia and workshops. It also develops specific projects such as Playgrounds & Toys designed by artists and architects for disadvantaged children around the world.
Art for The World was founded in 1995 by Adelina von FÃ¼rstenberg in Geneva, following the Dialogues of Peace exhibition, held for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Since its foundation, more than 20 major exhibitions of contemporary art have taken place in countries around the world such as: Armenia, Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland and USA, on such topics as: emigration and exclusion, health, racial and social discrimination, solidarity, children, women and peace. Its partners have included museums, schools and universities as well as international organizations, such as UNO, WHO (World Health Organization), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), etc.
Art for The World is recognized as a organization of public utility and as a NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI ).
Art for The World depends largely on contributions from both private and corporate sponsors sharing its ideals. It has been set up as a light structure with a limited permanent staff and a network of collaborators all over the world.
Participating in Art for The World and supporting its projects is a way of expressing one's beliefs that art can contribute to awareness within our society.
In the image: Lauda & Donegani 'Play and Reality'.
Opening 18 May 2004, 7pm.
Exhibition, 19 May until 8 June 2004
The Museum is open everyday from 9:30am â€“ 7pm
Press inquiries: Camille Courtinat, Press Officer
For photographs email: Ling Yuen
Art for The World
Address: 28, rue de l'AthÃ©nÃ©e,
1206 Geneva, Switzerland.
Tel. + 41 22 789 15 55 - Fax + 41 22 346 69 60
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