“Imago Mundi is a cultural, democratic and global project looking at new frontiers of art in the name of coexistence of expressive diversity. Our goal is to bring the collection to as many people as possible through exhibitions, catalogs and the web, encouraging a genuine dialogue with art and the world, remembering that meaning, ideas, reason and inspiration are not the monopoly of a minority, but thrive on interaction and communication. “

– Luciano Benetton

Imago Mundi is a cultural, democratic, global and non-profit contemporary art project that looks to the new frontiers of art in the name of coexistence of expressive diversity. Promoted by Luciano Benetton: artists from around the world, established and emerging, take up the challenge of the same medium, a 10×12 cm canvas; contributing to the creation of a remarkable artistic geography. The result is a mosaic of stories, passions, dreams, actions and contradictions, where each work lives by its own light but at the same time is part of a global image.

The collection, under the auspices of the “Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche”, has no commercial ambitions, but aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience. The goal is to catalogue works, inspirations and ideas, in order to pass down to future generations the widest possible mapping of the situation of human cultures at the start of the third millennium. The social ambition of Imago Mundi is to promote a knowledge and awareness of art and, through this art, of the world.

The numerous collections will be taken on a tour without frontiers to present them to the widest possible number of people, together through this web platform, catalogues and exhibitions in collaboration with private institutions, international organizations and public museums. The increasingly global Imago Mundi project is further evolving and involve right now almost 20.000 artists in 144 regions all over the world.

– Albania / Knots. 163 Contemporary Artists from Albania can be defined:

“With the power of color, style and language but also through irony, in equilibrium between realism, interpretation and metaphor, the Albanian artists exhibit 163 10×12 cm works with which they aim to create an incisive and new mosaic of society, of politics, of man. They cut the ties with the ideological and aesthetic oppression of the past. They emigrate once again, but this time, above all, to the land of imagination. ” – Luciano Benetton.

“I am honored to present this collection of 163 contemporary Albanian artists and their works. These works are all different, yet they continuously carry on a dialogue between them, as if they were pieces of a puzzle that fit into the socio-cultural complexity of Albania. A country used to be withdrawn into itself and dream in front of the world. This collection is a snapshot of the cultural, aesthetic, ethical and religious diversity of today’s Albania. As an imaginary mosaic, it presents to the young generation of Albanian artists the portrait (imago) of a world (mundi) which in turn is a polyphony of voices with its roots deep in a common identifiable feeling.” – Elton Koritari


Selected Exhibitions and Events related to the Albanian collection – Curator:

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