For the second time, UNESCO has granted its patronage to the "European Night of Museums", which will take place on Saturday, 15 May 2010. This event, which offers unique presentations of the culturally diverse museum collections around Europe, supports UNESCO's International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures in 2010 and is also linked with "International Museum Day", launched by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and celebrated on 18 May every year since 1977.
Devoted to protecting art objects and museums since its creation in 1945, UNESCO will participate in this cultural evening by opening its Headquarters to the public on Saturday, 15 May from 8 pm to midnight. The general public can visit the Organization's Paris Headquarters (7 Place de Fontenoy, 7th arrondissement) and take guided tours of its rich collection of masterpieces and artistic works.
UNESCO has an impressive and diverse collection of 600 works of art by Masters such as Picasso, Miro, Arp, Appel, Afro, Matta, Calder, Chillida, Giacometti, Moore, Tamayo, Soto, Vasarely, Cruz-Diez and many others. Over the years, this collection has grown continually thanks to the generosity of Member States committed to enhancing and embellishing the Organization's Headquarters. Today, UNESCO's Headquarters boasts the largest artistic heritage within the United Nations system.
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