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  • Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola designated Artist for Peace

    07-01-2005 11:00 pm Internationally renowned painter Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola was designated Artist for Peace on 7 January 2005 “for her role in promoting the World Heritage Education Project”, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004, to raise the awareness of students and teachers worldwide of the need to preserve world heritage.Countess-web2.jpg

    She was also the Cultural Patron of the 2002 Venice Congress marking the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.“I fully support UNESCO’s work in education for youth,” said Countess Setsuko in her address to the Venice Congress. “It is fundamental to transmit heritage values to children when they are very young, by means of sensations and emotions. Everything that we see, everything that we feel in childhood, becomes a part of ourselves when we grow up with this treasure.”

    Closely involved with UNESCO’s work, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola was a member of the Jury of the Mondialogo School Contest, launched by DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO last year to promote inter-cultural dialogue, exchange, respect and tolerance.

    Born in Tokyo, where she studied at Sophia University, Countess Setsuko is a painter of renown whose work has been shown in, among other places, Rome, New York, Paris, London and Tokyo. Widow of French painter Balthus (1908-2001), she is the Honorary President of the Balthus Foundation.

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