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759 Artists from Eastern and Western Canada, the Inuit and Indigenous Artists of North America.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto is honoured to host a press conference for Imago Mundi (, a unique artistic project featuring 759 artists from all over Canada (Eastern and Western Canada, Inuit from Arctic Canada, First Nations and Métis) and Indigenous Artists of North America that will be shown at Palazzo Loredan in Venice, Italy from August 29 to October 29, 2017.

This unprecedented event aims at giving a multidisciplinary portrait of this vast continent; a sort of creative laboratory as seen through the work of artists active in several disciplines, including painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture as well as architecture, design, literature, cinema and music.

Among the artists presented, there are writers, designers and architects brought together in a truly inter-generational approach. Curators Francesca Valente, Jennifer Karch Verzè and independent scholar and art critic, Peggy Gale, will be present. A short video presentation of Imago Mundi will be screened along with a documentary on this endeavor, directed by Laurie Kwasnik. Alysa Procida, the Executive Director of the Inuit Art Foundation will also be in attendance. The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Honorable Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration have been invited to this event.

Imago Mundi is about Art and the World without borders – a democratic, collective and global map-in-the-making of human cultures – as envisioned by Luciano Benetton, creator of United Colors of Benetton, a leading fashion brand, and art patron by vocation.

With a single format, 10x12 cm, the collection brings together artists from every continent: to date, more than 20.000 from 130 countries. Established names and emerging talents, young and old, women and men, all side by side on the same starting line.

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 human cultures at the start of the third millennium.


The press conference in Toronto will be held by:

Francesca Valente, curator;

Jennifer Karch Verzè, curator;

Peggy Gale, scholar and art critic;

Pat Feheley of Pat Feheley Fine Arts and Board Member of the Inuit Art Foundation.

Hon. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, MPP York South - Weston, will be in attendance.





Date: Thursday, July 06, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Imago Mundi

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron St., Toronto