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Circle of Life

The Divan - The Arabic Cultural House, in collaboration with the Embassy of Lebanon in Germany, opened the exhibition "Circle of Life" featuring renowned artists, the Lebanese-Italian Giorgia Fonnesu and Lebanese Emmanuel Guiragossian

The exhibition is on view at the Arabic Culture House until 30 July 2023.

ART4FOREST International Photography Competition

Finnova launches ART4FOREST, an international photo contest to raise awareness of the consequences of forest fires on the environment.

  • Organized with the support Casa Mediterráneo World Diplomatic Institute, Life Watch Eric, Mundo Arti, the contest is part of the NEXT FOREST Generation initiative, which aims to raise public awareness about the generation, control, and prevention of forest fires.
  • The contest will be open from May 4 to August 19, 2023, World Photography Day.

Venice Biennale 2024: What to expect

The Biennale is certainly the most important platform for contemporary art in the world, and it is an exciting challenge and a responsibility to embark on this project - Adriano Pedrosa 

Running from April 20 to November 24, 2024, the 60th Venice Biennale edition is just around the corner.

Adriano Pedrosa, director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo, has been appointed as the curator of Venice Biennale 2024 and said in an official statement that he was honoured to be the first Latin American to curate the international art exhibition.

Demas Nwoko 

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Biennale Architettura 2023 

La Biennale di Venezia 18th International Architecture Exhibition The Laboratory of the Future 

Venice, 23 th March, 2023 - Demas Nwoko, Nigerian born artist, designer and architect, is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia entitled The Laboratory of the Future (Giardini and Arsenale, 20th May - 26 th November, 2023). 

The decision was approved by La Biennale's Board of Directors chaired by Roberto Cicutto, upon recommendation of the Curator of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, Lesley Lokko. 

The awards ceremony and inauguration of the 18th Exhibition will be held on Saturday 20th May, 2023 at Ca' Giustinian, headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.

BRAFA 2023

The 68th Edition Of The Fair Generates A Lot Of Enthusiasm

Brussels, 1st February 2023 -The enthusiasm has been palpable at this new edition of BRAFA. Since opening its doors on Sunday, January 29th, 2023, the Fair has won over many visitors from Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, England and the United States. 

Harold t'Kint de Roodenbeke: "There is a real sense of general enthusiasm. We put all of our energy into the preparation of this 68th edition of BRAFA, to make the necessary improvements on the last edition in June. In light of the compliments we have received over the past few days, it seems we are on the right track."

BRAFA 2023

 BRAFA, An Infinite Universe Of Discovery 

BRAFA will be opening its doors this weekend, from January 29th to February 5th, 2023, at Brussels Expo. The decor will be filled with the signs of Art Nouveau, the theme chosen for this 68th edition, in a staging by Volume Architecture, which will be celebrating 20 years of collaboration with BRAFA this year.

The Fair is renowned for the range of specialities it presents to collectors and art lovers from all over Europe and beyond. This year, once again, it promises more than 10,000 artworks dating from Antiquity to the present day. Thirteen new galleries will be joining the regular exhibitors at the Fair. Each of the 130 participating galleries will be displaying their finest objects, skilfully laid out on stands which compete for originality and elegance. A real journey of discovery! Below, we have selected some exceptional artworks from amongst the different specialties.

BRAFA 2023 

A word from the Chairman of BRAFA, Harold t'Kint de Roodenbeke 

BRAFA 2023 

Is Returning To Its January Dates In The Calendar Of International Art Fairs

BRAFA will be the first major European art fair to visit in 2023, positioning it, as per tradition, as a true barometer of the art market. 

The 68th edition of BRAFA will take place from Sunday, January 29th to Sunday, February 5th at Brussels Expo at the Heysel in Halls 3 and 4, where 130 exhibitors will be taking over the entire space. 

This venue, the new setting for BRAFA since June, was greatly appreciated by its visitors at the last event, both for the openness of its aisles and for the very pleasant atmosphere that reigned there.  

Award-winning Fine Jewellery Designer Satta Matturi Appointed To The Responsible Jewellery Council's Board Of Directors

Mrs. Satta Matturi 


Africa, its art, history, design, and culture, have been a constant source of inspiration for jewellery house Matturi. Launched in 2015, the brand aims to transform diverse narratives into fine jewellery, using responsibly sourced gemstones.

The Matturi creative process is carefully considered and rooted in research leading to a refreshing visual and conceptual approach to design and aesthetics. Created in limited quantities, each Matturi design is timeless, unique and can be worn by women and men across the globe. 

London 3rd August 2022 - The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the leading standards organisation of the global jewellery and watch industry, has appointed Satta Matturi, the founder and creative lead of award-winning Matturi Fine Jewellery, to its Board of Directors.

Matturi founded her jewellery brand 'Matturi Fine Jewellery' after a 17-year diamond career working in sales and rough diamond valuation. Matturi Fine Jewellery has been featured in numerous global publications such as Vogue, CNN, Vanity Fair, 1843 The Economist and the Financial Times.

In addition to the brand, she manages a consultancy that offers niche tailored services to the industry through rough procurement, polished sourcing, and business advisory. Satta is a regular contributor and speaker at global conferences and webinars as a supporter of good sustainable mineral wealth distribution and promoting producer country beneficiation.

Through her jewellery, Satta aims to dismantle social and economic barriers around access to the jewellery industry, to question traditional practices which no longer serve the needs of stakeholders and to improve diversity at the top level of the industry. She is involved in various mentorship and charitable programmes within the wider jewellery and design spaces and in diamond producing countries.

"I'm delighted to be joining the board of the RJC and look forward to contributing to their strategic goals whilst representing the views and needs of diverse stakeholders who are a key part of this industry. I am excited to be part of this journey in supporting a broader and cohesive jewellery industry whilst promoting sustainable and responsible practices that should be accessible to all", said Satta Matturi, Founder and Creative Lead of Matturi Fine Jewellery."

"We are pleased to welcome Satta Matturi to RJC's Board. She, and her brand, represent the values that are close to the RJC's heart: gender equality, diversity, inclusiveness and the implementation of responsible and sustainable business practices," said John Hall, RJC interim Executive Director. "Satta's wealth of knowledge and experience on these topics and beyond, will further strengthen the RJC's role in addressing these challenges faced by the industry today." 

The Installation by German / American Artist Lilli Muller Drew Over 25,000 Visitors In 3 Months During The 59th Venice Biennale 

Venice, 21th July 2022 - This exhibition serves a timeless symbol of peace; a contemplation to work together in solidarity; a future vision we need to achieve, to find workable solutions for peace, sustainability and healing of our planet, individually, globally, environmentally and economically. 

As we are experiencing violent attacks on democracies, humanity and freedom around the world, the urgency demands for every country to take a seat at the table serving humanity. The inspiration for this piece is in response to wars, global diaspora, environmental disasters, hunger and an ever increasing refugee crisis, triggered by worldwide inequality, climate change and the accelerating speed of exploitation of people, land and the planet as a whole. The objective is to unite and invite the public to this dinner table. 

With this unifying experience I open a dialog, hoping to inspire and collectively create workable solutions to build a better world.

Sculpture: Body and Soul

Tony Cragg - Solo exhibition - ALBERTINA in Vienna

Vienna - July 7 - October 30, 2022 - With a selection of key sculptures and drawings from the past two decades, the ALBERTINA, one of the world's most renowned museums, is paying tribute for the first time to the internationally respected work of Tony Cragg, an artist born in Liverpool in 1949 and living in Wuppertal. In his sculptural work, there is a development from figurative to abstracted form, whereby the artist's handling of sometimes unconventional materials such as fiberglass and Kevlar, in addition to wood, stone and stainless steel, leads to a presence of the sculpture in space, which can be perceived in very different ways.

Since the 1990s, Cragg has also increasingly turned to drawing, which can be both a sketch and an expression of reflections on questions of form and content. In doing so, the artist likes to work in series in which he deals with the respective representational as well as abstract motifs.

Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg - According to Capital magazine's Art Compass, which has been identifying the world's most important contemporary artists for 50 years, Tony Cragg ranks 7th in the Top 100 Contemporary Artists. His works are presented in major international museums, including Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, London's Tate Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Lenbachhaus in Munich. Known for his use of unconventional materials, Tony Cragg has received numerous honors: In 1988, for example, he was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. He has also been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London since 1994 and a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2002. From 2009 to 2013, he was rector of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 2016, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. His sculpture park "Waldfrieden" in his adopted home of Wuppertal has become one of the most popular art destinations in North Rhine-Westphalia. The successful ntv series Inside Art dedicated an extensive art documentary to Tony Cragg.

The exhibition is mediated and supported, among others, by the Association for Art in Public (AAP) - Dirk Geuer, which has set itself the task of making important art internationally visible. For example, the foundation has made possible the official participation of the Heinz Mack exhibition in the 2022 Venice Biennale. This is not the first collaboration between Tony Cragg and Dirk Geuer. Already in 2017, there was an exhibition cooperation at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, and at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz. Furthermore, both have published two sculpture editions together for the ntv art documentary Inside Art.

Dirk Geuer has been associated with the Museum Albertina and its general director, Professor Dr. Klaus Albrecht Schröder, for a long time. In recent years, the Düsseldorf gallery owner has donated numerous editions of works by Jörg Immendorff and Julian Schnabel, among others, to the museum. Dirk Geuer emphasizes, "The Albertina has the most important graphic arts collection in the world - it is a great institution." He adds, "To donate the editions by Jörg Immendorff and Julian Schnabel that I have published to this collection is a great honor."

ALBERTINA - The ALBERTINA is a legendary art museum in the heart of Vienna and houses the largest and most valuable collection of graphic art in the world. The ALBERTINA was named after its founder, the art collector Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, grandson of August the Strong.

The exhibition runs until October 30, 2022.

The Stories Behind The Remarkable Artworks

From Sunday 19th to Sunday 26th of June 2022 at Brussels Expo 

Brussels, From Sunday 19th to Sunday 26th of June 2022, BRAFA will host 115 galleries at Brussels Expo, selected with care for a circuit that will retrace more than 5000 years of history. 10,000 to 15,000 works ranging from archaeology to contemporary art and design will be offered to collectors. 

Some of them have a distinctive story, be it their provenance, a connection to another artist, or a particular anecdote.  

'The Days Were Snowy but Warm' by Oh Myung Hee 

At Palazzo Mora (Venice) from April 2022

Professor (h.c.) Oh Myung Hee was active at the College of Art & Design, Suwon University and served as Associate researcher at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA).

She graduated from Sejong University & Seoul Arts High School. Oh Myung Hee embarked on her artistic journey back in 1995, and has hitherto been hosted by a plethora of galleries, cultural institutions, art fairs and museums in her native Korea, but likewise in China, Japan and Western Europe.
'The Days Were Snowy But Warm' is partnered with SAMSUNG The Frame, and sponsored by Korea Foundation and NvirWorld. It takes place in the framework of the Personal Structures project chaired by the European Cultural Centre held at Palazzo Mora, and opens to the public on 23rd April 2022 to the public for a duration of six months.

The show is curated by Tatiana Palinkasev and Éva McGaw.  

How The Cultural Sector Can Help Business

There is a fundamental disconnection between the corporate ecosystem and the culture and creative sectors (CCS), down to individual artists and designers themselves. But cross-sector collaboration can provide a way for creatives to provide innovative skills and strategies for business that can prove invaluable in today's turbulent world. As we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, next-generation economies and a more networked society, the current disconnection risks haemorrhaging high-value human capital that can be used to build such a future.

Art Connects Women

Dubai, March 2022 - Diplomatic World is very proud to be part of a wonderful cultural initiative:

 The 5th Edition of "Art Connects Women", taking place in March 2022 in Dubai, on occasion of International Women's Day.

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