Discerning International Relations and the Arts Essay

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“The work of each of these artists represents a particular depth of understanding and sensitivity about the history of our nation.”
Dakar: Places in Our Live [1]

“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world, our own, we see it multiplied and, as many original, artists as there are, so many worlds are at our disposal.”
Andre Marlaux[2]


Art is a tenuous relationship as history would attest but it is one that could not be belittled or undermined. It produced various schools of thought among the ancient Greeks and continues to provide profound forum of debate among contemporary scholars. As President Ferdinand Marcos have stated, “For the artist has always been a dynamic factor in social and cultural
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The transfer of artworks is often an announcement of changes in political relationships among states, whether as a result of imperial activity or of conflict. The refusal to permit the transfer of artworks among states is an important means, as assumption, of establishing cultural autonomy or protecting specific cultural, social, and political values. The transfer of ideas, perspectives, and arts is a type of public diplomacy, in regards with international relations, known as Cultural Diplomacy. It includes the exchange of ideas, information, art, and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding. The purpose of cultural diplomacy is for the people of a foreign nation to develop an understanding of the nation's ideals and institutions in an effort to build broad support for economic and political goals.[5] Thus, promoting the transfers of artworks and artists among states is a type of public diplomacy that, it is believed, will carry with its political influence. Across a growing range of types of issues in international law, artworks and artists are used to effect power relations, to represent power relations, and as a venue for conflicts over power among states, from the remote portion of history up to the contemporary times.

Retracing a Power from the Past

2.1 Arts and Culture In its sedimentary composition, in Spain and in the reserved mounts of southwestern France are numerous caves decorated with

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