The Magnificent Rector of the University of the Arts of Tirana, describes the motivation of the Honorary Doctorate “Honoris Causa” to Mr. Luciano Benetton:
“(…) The University of the Arts of Tirana has the honor and pleasure, after many consultations between our Senate and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Albania, to award with Honorary Doctorate “Honoris Causa” in Visual Arts, one of the most important personalities in the world of art and beyond. Thus we join many important universities that have already awarded Mr. Luciano Benetton; Instituto de Empresa, Madrid – Honoris Causa Diploma in Business Economics – 10 June 1992, Boston University – Honoris Causa Diploma in Law – 22 May 1992, Ca ‘Foscari University in Venice – Honoris Causa Diploma in Economics – 19 May 1995, UNIACC – Universidad de las Comunicaciones del Chile – Honoris Causa Diploma in Communication – March 27, 2007, etc.
Luciano Benetton was born on May 13, 1935 in Treviso, Italy. Former senator of the Italian Republic, co-founder and president for many years of the Benetton Group, one of the most important industrial realities in the world, but above all a catalyst for contemporary art all over the world, founder of the global Imago Mundi project, currently one of the important art collections, founder of Fabrica, Colors, Benetton Studi e Ricerche Foundation, etc., and initiator of dozens of projects and collaborations with institutions and universities around the world as well as art exhibitions, publications etc. Our University had the honor of collaborating with the Imago Mundi staff, led by Mr. Luciano Benetton, in creating an art collection dedicated to Albania. The collection will be exhibited in art galleries and museums and has already produced a highly prestigious catalog with 163 contemporary Albanian artists.
We had the honor of having as a co-curator of the project, the professor of our University, Prof. Asc. Albes Fusha, who curated the Albanian collection in collaboration with Mr. Elton Koritari, always under the direction of Mr. Luciano Benetton. There was a huge participation of our collegues in the project and this stimulated the birth of an internal movement and the creation of a positive atmosphere in the university environment, climate and spirit that we want to deepen and extend further. Our best wish is to involve Mr. Benetton in our research activities and to have the opportunity to collaborate together because we too need the precious know-how in art, accumulated by Mr. Benetton over the years. The contribution of Mr. Luciano Benetton to the University Arts in Tirana through the Imago Mundi project in Albania, his knowledge and his international prestige in the world of art, were main factors in our decision to confer this Honorary Doctorate, accepted with great pleasure by Mr. Benetton (…) “
We are pleased to share with you the chronicle of this very important event organized by EJAlbum, an event that was in conclusion of a day in which Mr. Benetton had the opportunity, among other things, to meet the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani, the Albanian Prime Minister, Mr. Edi Rama, some personalities from the world of art, culture and business and in particular many, many Albanian artists.
See even this chronicle of Report Tv about the event:
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