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Paul Manship

Maecenas World
Patrimony Foundation
Fine Arts Conservation


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A gift to the United Nations is a gift to humanity and belongs to the heritage of humankind. We all share the responsibility to protect, care for and preserve this.

The objective of Maecenas World Patrimony Foundation is the conservation of art and historic objects from the collections of the United Nations' offices and its agencies.

Why support?

Through time, from the era of the League of Nations onwards, the United Nations were given precious gifts and donations. It is the general rule that the donator takes care of the gift and keeps the responsibility for its preservation. However, certain objects are "orphans", in the sense that none of the Member States or other organisations carry the responsibility for professional maintenance. Several reasons can cause this situation to happen, as is the case with Paul Manship's Celestial Sphere, the donator of which, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in the United States, was dissolved in the fifties of the twentieth' century.

By its nature, the United Nations cannot raise funds for purposes beyond its statutory objectives. It cannot call on direct sponsorship and the UN can accept donations only within certain limits. As the United Nations has in fact no budget for the conservation of this part of its cultural heritage, other solutions are being sought after.

Maecenas World Patrimony Foundation (MWPF) is a good example of such a solution: after extensive judicial brain-storming a formula was found which the UN could approve of and which enabled MWPF to start off under the UN's mandate.

The formula is simple. On the basis of gifts from benefactors, MWPF carries out the necessary restoration and conservation of the artworks belonging to the UN and its agencies and subsequently makes the preservation a gift to the United Nations. In consultation with the UN and under restricting conditions, the MWPF carries out its own fund-raising. As MWPF works for the UN and its artworks under special mandate, donations can be given to WMPF in order to carry out its tasks as agreed with the UN and its agencies. Donations, both little and grand, both financial and in kind, are accepted on the terms which are set by UN-regulations.

MWPF welcomes all creative suggestions. It should be noted however, that the fact of a party sponsoring MWPF will not result in any obligation of the UN to the benefactor whatsoever. MWPF accepts no gifts and establishes no relations with parties that are unacceptable to the UN.


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