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Cultural Diplomacy Is More Effective Than Money or Wars

Cultural Diplomacy Is More Effective Than Money or Wars

Pick Keobandith on soft power of art and peace museums

Art has no boundaries. It is able to bring together people from different continents, instill proper values in them, and inspire them to create. One of the key platforms of the Summer Peace Summit was related to culture as the most important pillar of sustainable development. Pick Keobandith, art critic and expert in cultural diplomacy, shared about soft power of art and explained how the development of museums in different countries could influence preservation of peace. 

Pick Keobandith - Ph.D. in Art History, expert in art and cultural diplomacy, and consultant for the Diplomatic World Magazine 

Pick Keobandith has 30 years of working experience in art and cultural diplomacy. She graduated from Ecole du Louvre, obtained Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Rennes II, and made an outstanding career in Paris. Ms. Keobandith became an adviser to Sydney Picasso and occupied the position of an exhibition commissioner at Galerie Piltzer and Galerie Anne de Villepoix. Later, she worked at Gallery Templon and taught at Christie’s Education art school.

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In 2016, Pick Keobandith founded the Inspiring Culture international platform in Brussels. The platform focuses on promoting the modern art, particularly culture. Dr. Keobandith headed an international team dealing with the development of the art institute, organisation of cultural events, implementation of creative projects, working out exhibition concepts, and academic research. 

Art has no boundaries. This is one of the main principles of Inspiring Culture. The organisation contributes to creation of cultural links and fruitful cultural exchanges among China, Europe, and different countries. 

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Pick Keobandith has been conducting an active dialogue with several Chinese and European museums and cooperating with Dialogue With Emperor Qin project for 13 years already. 

She is a consultant for the Diplomatic World Magazine and Target Laos. Ms. Keobandith shares her knowledge and experience with pleasure to show the great value of art. 

“Cultural diplomacy plays an important role in developing and maintaining peace. Politicians and entrepreneurs actively use it to establish strong international relations”, she explained. 

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Culture is a much more effective instrument in achieving peace than money or wars. 

Within the Summer Peace Summit session related to culture, Pick Keobandith shared about peace museums. According to her, one can significantly influence people’s consciousness and instill proper life values in the rising generation by contributing to development and promotion of such institutions. 

Jan Bloch founded the first peace museum at the turn of the 20th century. Today, there are about 120 such museums in different countries. Their goal is to inspire people to preserve peace and create a better future for children.

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The museums exhibit not only the horrors of war and pointlessness of bloody conflicts but also make visitors think about peace and teach them to be kind and concerned about people around. The expositions are dedicated to different cultures and peacemaking activity of the past and the present. 

But all museums play a significant educational role in social life. From that point of view, each of them can be called a peace museum if it contributes to a better understanding of peculiarities of other cultures. 

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Learning other cultures promotes the strengthening of links among states. People start understanding one another better and thus they have fewer conflicts. 

The expert stressed that good education and wide worldview strongly influences maintaining peace on the planet. Not only educational institutions and museums but also family plays an important role in that. Women as mothers and keepers of the family hearth have great responsibility because usually it is they who raise children. According to Pick Keobandith, if every one of them creates harmony and comfort in their homes, it will definitely impact the world. 

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Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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