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" The transformative Power of Art" Opening

United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. June 2015

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the fresco portrait of Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) , part of the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to painter and curator Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the fresco portrait of Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa listen to the fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015.

 

“Today, the urgency of placing people at the centre of everything we do is both a challenge and a miracle of human creativity that can be translated into a common language of artistic inspiration as our fragile Mother Earth faces the devastating consequences of climate change, a defining challenge of our time”, stated H.E. Mr. Sam K.utesa, President of the General Assembly, in commissioning the art exhibition entitled “The Transformative Power of Art”, which is now open to all in the Visitor’s concourse at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The exhibition, which takes place under the United Nations “2015: Time for Global Action” campaign, is primarily destined to raise awareness about climate change and our fragile ecosystems. Indeed, the sculptures that are exhibited are made of many natural elements provided by nature’s bounty from all parts of the world. They bear testimony to nature’s resilience in the face of human-made challenges. The sculptures are like totems, silent performers, and reminders of the perils facing Mother Earth and humankind.

The 16 accompanying portraits represent people from all continents who, during their lifetime, contributed to the common good of humanity in one way or another and have transformed the way we think. The portraits are meant to project the power of generosity that touches the human heart and conscience. The men and women who are represented never lost sight of the most vulnerable. They are: Pierre-Claver Akendengué (Gabon), Maya Angelou (USA), Joan Baez (USA), Audrey Hepburn (UK), Vassily Kandinsky (Russia), Umm Kulthum (Egypt), Gong Li (China), Miriam Makeba (South Africa), Edgar Morin (France), Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (Iran), Okot p’Bitek (Uganda), Satyajit Ray (India), Sebastião Salgado (Brazil), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Kenya), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan).

The objective of the exhibition is to demonstrate that art creates bridges where politics divide. It was designed with the conviction that artistic impulse always carries seeds of redemption.

 

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Nina Muzzi , artist,  in front of the banner " The transformative Power of Art" United Nations Visitors Lobby; New York. June 2015 Sam Kahamba Kutesa - President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty-ninth session; opening speech at the exhibition " The transformative Power of Art". United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks  at the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015 Fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" to President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Delegates.
United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 12 June   2015
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the fresco portrait of Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) , part of the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to the fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the portrait of Sebastiao Salgado (Brazil), part of the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa listen to the fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015. Mrs.Ban Ki-moon in conversation with fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero at the opening of the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015. Mrs.Ban Ki-moon congratulated the artist Nina Muzzi for her exceptional work with Papier-mâché at the opening of the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015 Fresco painter and curator  Fabrizio Ruggiero introducing the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" to President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa.
United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 12 June   2015
Visitor_Red-socks at the exhibit " The transformative Power of Art" at United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York. 30 June   2015
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