The Art of Humanity

Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection
Ca' dei Carraresi, Treviso

Imago Mundi, the cultural, democratic and global project, promoted by Luciano Benetton, lands in Treviso with the show The Art of Humanity, which gathers eleven collections of contemporary art representing 10 different countries from around the world. From 9th July to 3rd August 2014, Casa dei Carraresi will house two thousand 10×12 centimetre paintings from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Japan, India, Iceland, Mongolia (double collection), Romania and South Africa. An extraordinary roundup of small paintings created by both well-established and emerging artists, in the name of opening to new horizons and coexistence of expressive diversity.

The Treviso exhibition marks a ‘homecoming’ for Imago Mundi, the project which, at the turn of the third millennium, seeks to build and preserve a visual map of human cultures for the future, after its participation in the prestigious Venice Biennale 2013 and last May, in Dak’Art Off 2014, within the 11th edition of the Biennale of contemporary African Art in Dakar.

Under the auspices of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, in Treviso, Imago Mundi presents a great atlas of the world and of humanity, through contemporary art that is free, democratic and participatory, as well as unhampered by styles, trends or market parameters.


The promotion of the project and involved artists continues online through the platform, which — under the founding spirit of the Luciano Benetton Collection: cataloguing, sharing, bringing to the future the thousands of 10×12 centimetre works — presents all of the Imago Mundi collections, displayed in digital quality, together with a series of information on topics ranging from the participating artists in the various countries to available catalogues, to shows and exhibitions organised around the world.