Peoples and Ethnic Groups, by Ben Vautier

On page 246 of Ben Vautier. Is everything art?

©2015 Museum Tinguely, Basel, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin, authors, artists and photographers [and translator!]. ISBN 978-3-86828-649-6

One of the fundamental questions that the world faces today is knowing whether we are moving toward a multicultural world or toward a global civilization. In my view, there cannot be a global civilization that does not accept the coexistence of cultures, i.e. ethnic groups and languages, while offering these a maximum amount of autonomy. I have believed this since my encounter with François Fontan. Since*!! ten years, in all my major exhibitions, there is always [has always been] a space dedicated to the defense of cultural minorities.


  • * I had correctly written “For ten years”. Proof-reader’s change, which unfortunately went to print.
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