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In the Face of Natural Disasters, War, and Pandemics: What Is the Therapeutic Potential of Art?

On the 4th of May, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, will host an interdisciplinary conference “In the Face of Natural Disasters, War, and Pandemics: What Is the Therapeutic Potential of Art?”.


The conference aims to explore the new therapeutic functions of a work of art and the impact it can have in times of great challenges. The event will foster cross-disciplinary research involving art, aesthetics, sociology, art history, medicine, and neuroscience. Experts from various fields and speakers from leading global institutions will explore how the contemplation of aesthetic objects affects the human body and improves mental health and well-being.
The event is organized in the format of three panels: "How Can Art Fix the World?", "Art and War", "Art and Care", followed by a joint discussion. The conference will close with the video-performative section "Femmes Guerrières" of the Milky Way project. Discussions are important considering the initiative of the National Academy of Arts in running the project "Rehabilitation: Art Therapy" project, supported by The Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation and Art Support Fund.
Schedule:14:00 symposium18:30 video performance
Venue:Palais de Tokyo, 13 Av. du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
More about the event and the program follow the link


The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is Europe's largest center for contemporary creation, is effervescent, audacious and pioneering. It is the living place of today's artists. Designed in 1937 for the Exposition internationale, today it offers the opportunity to sample the pulsation of emerging art and the chance to familiarise with the creators of our time, in the very place where some of the outstanding artists of the past century were exhibited.
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is a public research university located in Paris, France. It was created in 1971 and there are three main domains: Economic and Management Sciences, Human Sciences, and Legal and Political Sciences.
The Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation has been established in 2014 as a private non-profit organisation that provides support to cancer patients, rewards and encourages leading medical and scientific professionals, promotes innovative prevention projects through a unique combination of knowledge, skills and decisive action, as well as implementing art in its healing effect on human health.
The Art Support Fund is an independent, non-profit, charitable, and public-benefit foundation initiated by a group of cultural workers who aim to support the development and functioning of Ukrainian culture both in times of war, exile, and peace.

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