The latest event in the Legatum Institute Salon Series explored what factors contribute to "Renaissance' and whether we can ever know that we are part of one.
The discussion at London’s Saatchi Gallery took place against the backdrop of Exposed, an exhibition of flower paintings by artist Ana Tzarev. Discussants were Lisa Erf, Director of the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, Luke Johnson, entrepreneur and FT columnist, and author and historian Hywel Williams.
The panellists discussed the notion of ‘renaissance’ and the role of art and culture in society. “The power of renaissance in our time is explained by the interconnectedness of everything. When renaissances as concepts occur it is that same sense of everything coming together,” Williams said. “Renaissance requires a certain amount of working together. If you go off and work alone you are unlikely to experience a renaissance.”
The conversation was chaired by the Legatum Institute’s President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin.
In its Salon Series the Legatum Institute hosts scholars, writers, artists and public figures to discuss issues that are fundamental to the success of free, prosperous, and enterprising societies. Ranging widely across the arts, sciences and humanities, the conversations promote a discourse between cultural, philosophical, economic and political modes of enquiry.