2016 European Night of Museums at UNESCO

© Lin Xiang Xiong
Floating … where to ? (2015), Indian ink and watercolour on paper, 97x110 cm

UNESCO is proud to support the European Night of Museums for the 8th consecutive year by giving its high patronage to the event, and by inviting the public to discover its buildings and art collection.

In opening the doors to its Headquarters in Paris, UNESCO will this year give the public the opportunity to visit the temporary exhibition “Art for Peace”, co-organized by the Permanent Delegation of Belgium to UNESCO (with the cooperation of the General Delegation of Wallonia-Brussels) and the Permanent Delegation of the People’s Republic of China to UNESCO, partners of the Organization for the 2016 edition of the European Night of Museums.

Showcasing a series of 22 new works by the artist Lin Xiang Xiong, this exhibition will also present an ensemble of contemporary works proposing a cross-cultural perspective between China and Belgium, with Michel Clerbois, Michel François, Alfredo Jaar, Lennep and Joëlle Tuerlinckx for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Gongkai Pan, Jude Liu, Aiguo Li, Xiangxun Chen and Chevalier Li for China. Lin Xiang Xiong, as well as other artists whose works are exhibited, will be present during this cultural evening.

The public will also be able to discover, or rediscover, the modern architecture of the Organization’s Headquarters – designed by Marcel Breuer, Luigi Nervi and Bernard Zehrfuss – and a part of its rich art collection, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Erró, Alberto Giacometti, Eduardo Chillida, Henry Moore, Rufino Tamayo or Isamu Noguchi, among others.

Within a current global context which infringes upon the cultural diversity across the world and the freedom of peoples, it is all the more important that this significant event prevail by rendering culture accessible to all and by spreading a message of tolerance, mutual understanding and peace.

Visits will take place from 8 pm until midnight (last admission). Entrance at 7 place de Fontenoy (exit at 125 avenue de Suffren). Free entry, without prior booking.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 21.05.2016 18:00 local time
End 21.05.2016 22:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Fayad, Raya
Organizer Conferences and Cultural Events Management Section (MSS/C)
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Foyer Room I, Hall Segur, Salle Pas Perdus, Room Miro 1, Room II
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish
Estimated number of participants 1700
Official Website
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