The Pearls of the Indian Ocean - Imago Mundi


Contemporary Artists from the Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion
Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection

Texts by Luciano Benetton, Oriano Mabellini, Norbert Louis, Laurent Segelstein


A mestizo, multicultural identity, open to the world, that the Imago Mundi project, mapping the pluralist and heterogeneous art of our time, came to seek in the islands of the Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Réunion, Seychelles, Comoros – the languid inspiration of writers and artists, and striking destination for tourists from all over the world. A long journey from our geographical and intellectual latitudes to discover the past and present, ideas, connections, different arts and performances that illuminate the 150 paintings in this collection. These artworks contain nature, the conventional landscapes popular with tourists, but also a reflection on the fate of nature. There are men at work and the work of men. Architecture of spaces and souls. The meeting and merging of different elements, of artistic waves, which, like those of the ocean, can transport or overwhelm, save or forsake.  


The Pearls of the Indian Ocean is an Imago Mundi collection, a cultural, democratic, global, non-profit project, promoted by Luciano Benetton with the aim of creating the widest possible mapping of the different contemporary artistic experiences of our world. In Imago Mundi, each country is represented by the works of established artists and new talents, commissioned with the maximum freedom of expression, whose only constraint is the 10x12cm format. is the web platform of the entire project

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