Galway artist Pádraic Reaney has been selected to represent Ireland in a major international exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.
The An Cheathrú Rua born artist, who now lives in Moycullen, is one of 216 artists from 193 countries across the six continents taking part in this prestigious show. The exhibition will run at the UN Headquarters in New York early next year – Covid-19 restrictions permitting – and also at the organisation’s base in Geneva. At present, the artworks can be seen at www.inter-art.ro/un2020
The current exhibition is entitled United Nations – Symbol of Life, Freedom, and Happiness and its aim is to mark the organisation’s foundation in 1945, as well as the role of artists in promoting freedom, co-existence, co-operation, and understanding. Mr Reaney's piece for the exhibition is based on the theme of freedom.
The exhibition has been organised by the Romanian-based Inter-Art Foundation, under the patronage of that country’s president, Klaus Werner Iohannis. It is the fourth time Inter-Art has been invited to exhibit at the UN and the first time that artists from all 193 member states of the UN have come together for a single show.
The Inter-Art Foundation was established in 1998 in Aiud, Romania, to represent contemporary art, develop cultural connections between artists in Romania and worldwide, and organise an international fine-arts camp in Aiud.