Exhibition of photographs and debate on "East- West: The Spiritual Roots of Europe"


The exhibition and debate are organized jointly with the Martin Bodmer Foundation and the Swiss Permanent Delegation to UNESCO within the framework of the celebration of the World Philosophy Day on 18 November 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters.

The aim of the exhibition “East-West: Spiritual Roots of Europe” is to mitigate the existing ignorance of the impact of both Jewish and Muslim cultures on the development of Europe and to reflect on the issue of our common roots, transforming the traditional East-West polarization into a positive factor of development. This unedited exhibition of black and white photographs will allow the public to admire the treasures of the Martin Bodmer collection (one of the most important private collection in the world of papyri, manuscripts and books situated in Cologny, Geneva), witnesses of the influence and mutual enrichment between these different currents of thought, as well as the important spiritual and historical sites and places that were the space of great intellectual and religious movements shaping our common history.

This exhibition will be installed in the Miro Hall from 12 to 25 November, and will be presented on Friday 19 November at 5pm in the Miro Hall. It will then be  developed during a conference-debate on Friday 19 November at 5.30 pm in Room IV.