Art has the power to change the world

Art has the power to change the world

Do you feel that art has the power to change the world?

Catalina Tejero, Associate Director of the IE Arts & Humanities Division, started off IE´s Sustainability Week with this packed question.  Special guest and Managing Director of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Evelio Acevedo, didn’t hesitate to confirm that, ¨definitely yes,¨ art indeed has the power to change the world, reflecting, ¨Art, at the end of the day, I think is one of the most comprehensive ways to express and to communicate with the community, and to communicate as well what happens in the community.¨


As a part of IE´s Sustainability Week, the IE Arts & Humanities Division partnered with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in order to produce 5 large-scale replicas of artworks which encourage reflection on complex themes of sustainability.  The 5 reproductions are made of sustainable, recyclable materials and are now on display in the 4 hubs of the IE Tower, as well as the entrance at the lobby of Monforte de Lemos.

These reproductions play a part in the new IE tower ecosystem, each work carefully considered and placed in a corresponding hub in order to provoke conversation and reflection upon sustainable themes.  In doing so, we are putting Evelio Acevedo´s words into practice and connecting art with our community.

The reproductions will eventually travel to IE University´s Segovia campus. The hope is that as many people and spaces as possible will benefit from the works, introducing a cycle of sustainable practices and recycling of materials.  The Arts & Humanities Division will be offering in-person visits to the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza so that IE community members can enjoy the original works, as well as guided tours reflecting on the sustainable themes in the tower.

Below, you can see the full video as Catalina Tejero of IE Arts & Humanities Division and Evelio Acevedo, Managing Director of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, discuss the relationship between art & sustainability in front of one of the large-scale reproductions, Canaletto’s The Grand Canal from San Vio, Venice.