elected EC of IAA-World, 2015
EC of IAA-World, 2011-2015
the recommendations nr.
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2 | nr.
3 and resolutions nr.
1 | nr.
2, accepted on the GA Pilsen, 2015
the AIAP-IAA Activity Report 2011-2015
of the General Assembly in Pilsen, 2015, here
a letter of the president below:
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF ART
18th WORLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HELD IN PILSEN, CZECH REPUBLIC AND
TURKISH NATIONAL COMMITTEE (UPSD) PRESIDENT
BAYKAM HAS BEEN ELECTED AS THE WORLD PRESIDENT.
IN THE EUROPEAN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SCHAUB, CHAIRMAN OF IGBK-GERMANY NATIONAL COMMITTEE,
BEEN ELECTED AS THE EUROPEAN PRESIDENT
25 active delegations participated to the 18th World General
Assembly of UNESCO-IAA/AIAP in Pilsen where several issues related
to artist's conditions were discussed and the new Executive
Committee as well as the new President was elected.
On the 18th of October, Bedri Baykam, President
of the Turkish National Committee UPSD was elected as the new
World President of UNESCO-IAA/AIAP for a term of four years
in between 2015-2019.
The other elected members of the executive committee are Anne
Pourny (France, Vice-President), Marta Mabel
Perez (Puerto Rico, Treasurer), Cho Kang Hoon
(South-Korea, Coordinator for Asia-Pacific), Pavol Kral
(Slovakia, Coordinator for Europe), Dolores Ortiz
(Mexico, Coordinator for Latin America), Franklyn King
Glover (Ghana, Coordinator for African Countries),
Katarina Jönsson Norling (Sweden), Maria
Moroz (Poland), Christos Symeonides
(Cyprus), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan).
The General Assembly also selected few other names to honor.
Rosa Maria Burillo Velasco, the ex-President
from Mexico and ex-executive Committee Member Anders
Liden from Sweden were given the title of 'Honorary
Three other names, became Honorary Counselors. Those are, Grete
Marstein (Norway, ex-Vice President), Kaan
Irie (Japan, ex-Executive Committee Member), Anton
Loubser (South Africa, ex- Coordinator for Africa).
As the General Assembly went on after the elections under the
Presidency of Baykam, five new resolutions were accepted. Among
them, the resolution proposed by Sweden, Norway, Denmark and
Iceland, concerning the remuneration of artists whose work were
exhibited in public spaces, raised a lot of interest.
Other important resolutions also passed, concentrating their
efforts on the 'rights of artists', such as the
one put forward by Slovakia 'The Status of the Artist' or the
one by Cyprus 'Every artist has the right to belong to a legal
artist's organization'. Germany, Sweden and Mexico passed
a resolution on the striking importance of art education, based
on the book of Anne Bamford from 2004 (The Wow Factor). Another
very interesting resolution was the one of Sweden, which asks
all the National Committee to encourage in their countries all
the cities that could join this program of giving shelter or
a 'Safe Haven' to visual artists and intellectuals at risk like
the ICORN Residency Program supported by the Swedish Arts Council.
All the Resolutions will be published at the IAA Web site: www.aiap-iaa.org.
European General Assembly was also held in Pilsen. The German
delegate, chairman of IGBK, Werner Schaub was
elected as the President and the other members of the Executive
Committee were Anne Pourny (France), Maria
Moroz (Poland), Francis Desiderio
(Belgium), Elena Gryanova (Russia), Anders
Werdelin (Denmark), Pontus Raud (Sweden).
European President of UNESCO-IAA/AIAP Werner Schaub was born
1945 in Ortenau, Baden.
He is an
artist and is engaged with various organisations related to
the visual arts.
He is chairman and speaker of the Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen
und Künstler (www.bbk-bundesverband.de),
chairman and speaker of the Internationale Gesellschaft der
Bildenden Künste (www.igbk.de),
and board member of the collecting society VG BILD-KUNST (www.bildkunst.de).
He also chairs the Heidelberger Forum für Kunst (www.heidelberger-forum-fuer-kunst.de)
and is vice-president of the Akademie der Künste Rhein-Neckar
From 2002 to 2008 Werner Schaub was president of the International
Association of Art (IAA) Europe and since autumn 2015 he has
been holding that office again.
He lives in Heidelberg, Germany.
The origins of IAA/AIAP (International Association
of Art) can be traced to the Third General Conference of UNESCO,
held at Beirut, Lebanon, in 1948. The Director-General was charged
with enquiring into 'ways in which artists might serve the aims
of UNESCO', and to discover what obstacles of a social, economic,
or political order lay in the path of artists in the practice
of their art. He was charged, too, with recommending measures
by which artists working conditions could be improved and their
The UNESCO Conference, at its sixth session,
in 1951, empowered the Director-General to organize an International
Conference of artists to study the actual conditions of artists'
freedom in various countries and to enquire into the means to
associate them more closely with UNESCO's work. Accordingly,
in 1952, at a conference of artists held in Venice, 23 governments
and 48 associations of artists in 19 countries, declared themselves
in favor of the formation of an international association of
painters, sculptors and engravers. A provisional council was
formed under the chairmanship of Gino Severini (Italy), and
a secretariat was opened in UNESCO House in Paris.
In 1954, in Venice, the General Assembly of the fully constituted
Association was summoned for the first time and declared the
basic aims of IAA/AIAP. At this first Assembly, 18 countries
(with National Committees already formed) took part, with observers
from another 22 countries. Artists like Miro, Braque, Delaunay,
Pasmore, Hartung, Laurencin, Matta, Lurçat, Masson, Vasarely,
Moore, Soto, Cesar, Calder, and many others left their print
Since its creation, UNESCO gave to IAA/AIAP the status of UNESCO
partnership NGO with the status of consultative Association.
The headquarters of IAA/AIAP are at the UNESCO Building in Paris.
The new World President of UNESCO–IAA/AIAP, Bedri
Baykam was born in 1957 in Ankara, Turkey. He studied
at the Sorbonne University in Paris between 1975-1980 and got
his MBA. He later studied painting and filmmaking at the California
College of Art and Crafts between 1980-1984. He has had 134
solo-shows and has participated in several group shows. He has
26 published books and is one of the big defenders of secularism
and democracy in Turkey.
He survived a terrorist attack in 2011 by Islamic fundamentalists
after having been stabbed after a press conference, about a
sculpture/monument in danger.
He had been defending 'the Monument of Humanity' of sculptor
Mehmet Aksoy that was under the threat of Turkey's Prime
Minister Erdogan. In spite of resolutions from IAA/AIAP World
and Europe, that monument in Kars has been destroyed with the
orders of the ex-Turkish Prime Minister.
One of the founders of the Turkish National Committee (UPSD)
in 1989, Baykam has been the President of UPSD
since 2006. He was an executive Committee member in the previous
term both for IAA/Europe and IAA/World.
He also had instigated the World Art Day (WAD)
in Guadalajara/Mexico at the 17th General Assembly in 2011,
after the resolution of Turkey that he presented was unanimously
accepted by the General Assembly. Since that day, the 15th of
April, the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, has been celebrated
as World Art Day. This year around 40 nations
celebrated were around the world.
Baykam writes for the renowned Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. He
has an art Center in Istanbul, Piramid Sanat.
For more information: www.bedribaykam.com.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Executive Committee Members,
Dear National Committees from all over the world,
As you know our 18th General Assembly was held in Pilsen, Cezch
Republic, October 14-18, 2015 and I have been elected as the
President until 2019. Our other members elected to the World
Executive Committee are: Anne Pourny (France,
Vice-President), Marta Mabel Perez (Puerto
Rico, Treasurer), Cho Kang Hoon (South-Korea,
Coordinator for Asia-Pacific), Pavol Kral (Slovakia,
Coordinator for Europe), Dolores Ortiz (Mexico,
Coordinator for Latin America), Franklyn King Glover
(Ghana, Coordinator for African Countries), Katarina
Jönsson Norling (Sweden), Maria Moroz
(Poland), Christos Symeonides (Cyprus), Ryoji
It was an honor for all of for your great and generous support.
Please find attached (and here below also) our press release
about our General Assembly. Please distribute it through mail
to your foreign and English speaking friends and art critics
and please translate it into your own language so that you can
share this information with all your members. Please also place
this Press Bulletin about the GA to your website.
ALSO: Please also distribute this press release of the Pilsen
General Assembly to the press, all media, as much as you can
local as well as national (Even international where ever you
can) Because as you are going to read here below, communication
is going to be one of our main assets in these four years, not
just for WAD, but for all the activities and general presence
of IAA, anywhere in the world.
How we are going to work during this new period
Dear Presidents and National Executive Committee Members,
As the social media and internet are more and more a very important
tool of communication in our times, we are going to do a great
effort to stay in touch and use all the new technological means
to increase our communication and the whole image of IAA.
As we know, UNESCO-IAA/AIAP and the representing National Committee
is not always known by everybody in every member country. We
have to do some extensive effort to change this situation. IAA/AIAP
and your National Committee have to be present as much as possible
in the national art scene. That means going to as many opening
as you can, establish all possible open links in order to bureaucratic
problems of your members as well as censorship if there are
any in your country. Also, as much as you can, visit the galleries,
leave your card and establish strong professional relations.
Being positive spirited, problem solver and caring for, as many
members as you can, will raise interest, curiosity and respect
for your organization. We must prove a solidarity and team effort
that should incite all other artists to want to become a member
of our larger international family. Nobody in your country should
say, 'What is IAA?' or 'Who does it serve to, why does it exist?'.
That's why we have also asked you to stay in very close
touch with the medias, press, TVs, radios, websites, online
THE USE OF WEB
Please make good use of the internet and before anything your
website of IAA. Please keep your flow of images alive and publish
them on your website. Those can be important exhibitions, problems,
polemics, or any other relevant information regarding artist
in your country or in general. Always send those content to
IAA Centre Office Martine Pasquet as well as to my general coordinator
Oyku Eras and my new email during my presidency is
This email which will only be used for IAA/AIAP-UPSD and the
other national committees of our organization and nothing else.
Please publish my personal email address in your website.
Please use always our historical data and weight related to
UNESCO since 1948 (as reminded also in the press release) in
your relation with the state officials or with foundations or
corporations. We must take our weight and ourselves and image
very seriously. 'If we don't take ourselves, seriously,
who else will?' as the old saying states!
Also, as all credits and images of any State, Corporation or
brand moves, we must do everything possible to increase the
visibility the credit and the respect towards IAA. Each of us
is here to make it better.
'Anything that deserves to be done deserves to be done
very well'. Because as all of you are important artists
and intellectuals of your country, you are spending time for
this International Association and it has to be as much worth
it as possible.
You are all welcome to write me also your ideas, your suggestions
and we can brain storm together about any subject that might
lead to a more efficient IAA.
I will write you a different letter regarding WAD, soon. At
this point let me only tell you that the earlier you make your
WAD plans, the better it will be.
That's all for now. Our next President's Office
Bulletin will be most likely about WAD.
Thank you again for the support you have given to all our Executive
Committee Members and to my Presidency.
Look forward to hear from you, my communications with you will
always stay open and please accept my warmest regards,