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Artists of the World against Apartheid

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Duration: 1980 - Unknown, 1990s
Location: Paris, France


Artists of the World against Apartheid was established by Antonio Saura and Ernest Pignon-Ernest in 1980. Their objective was to bring together the largest possible range of sensibilities, cultures and artistic experiences confirming the universal condemnation of Apartheid. Their ultimate aim was to offer works of art to South Africa after its first democratically elected government came to power. In 1982 the moving collection was one of the highlights of the International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa. Artists of the World against Apartheid produced posters and organized an exhibition of the posters in Paris for the Observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March 1983. By 1984 the collection was already significantly recognized by a number of museums that were willing to exhibit the collection. In this way the collection began a world tour. It started in the Scandinavian countries, then went to Spain, Greece, Germany, the United States, the Caribbean, Japan (where it was shown in twenty cities), Korea, Canada and the Netherlands. Finally, in 1995, the collection was shown in Zimbabwe at the All Africa Games. (Source: Kier Schuringa of the International Institute of Social History; and E.S. Reddy, former Director of the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid.