D10 Art Space and Lian foundation are delighted to host a unique exhibition of artworks belonging to the United Nations art collection adorning the Palais des Nations, home of the League of Nations since 1936 and of the United Nations at Geneva since 1945. For the first time, a selection of the over 2000 artworks kept at the Palais des Nations is on public display in an art gallery in Geneva.
Entitled “Tout un Monde”, the exhibition highlights the role of art in the practice of multilateral diplomacy and the historical value of the Palais des Nations’ collection, built during 100 years, since the birth of the League of Nations in 1919. Tout un Monde presents a selection of artworks acquired during the long history of the Palais des Nations both by the League of Nations and the United Nations. These includes donations by governments and individual artists.
With its national accents and a variety of techniques and themes, the exhibition is a testimony of the important place of art in the life of the Palais des Nations, a unique building designed for the purpose of hosting multilateral policy making. Tout un Monde is a unique, eclectic journey in the world of international relations since the early twentieth century and is part of the initiatives to mark 100 years of multilateralism in Geneva (https://multilateralism100.unog.ch/front) . The initiative is also a way to bring to Genevans a part of their beloved Palais des Nations while the building is closed to external visitors due to important renovations.
In these times of uncertainty, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition is a timely reminder of the power of art to bring peace and dialogue among civilizations. The opening of this unique event just as the situation improves slightly is a deliberate and positive signal. The United Nations Office at Geneva and D10 Art Space came together with the support of several countries to send a message that art does not exist only for its aesthetics values. It also serves one of the fundamental values of multilateralism: that of the unity of humankind in all its cultural diversity. This value is also shared by the Lian foundation, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, dedicated to funding high-impact social initiatives.
Over the years D10 Art Space has focused on dialogue and exchanges and this remarkable exhibition is the occasion to demonstrate its experience. The artistic curator at D10 Art Space has selected artworks including historic objects, contemporary art, indigenous artifacts, and media as diverse as painting, sculpture and installation. Because the collection of the Palais des Nations not developed without rigid acquisition rules, it has surprising facets reflecting the evolution of international diplomacy in a place of continuous intercultural exchanges and dialogue.
No city is better placed than Geneva to host this exhibition, which is in itself a message of hope and a demonstration that art too is a multilateral phenomenon.
After months of the unprecedented worldwide confinement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tout un Monde is the occasion for visitors to embark on an emotional and aesthetic journey that redefines our perception of multilateralism and brings us closer to one another and to the world.