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The UNOG art collection

The UNOG art collection brings to life the prestigious cultural heritage held within the Palais des Nations. It comprises over 2,000 works dating from the League of Nations period to the present. Most of them are official donations of Member States.

The collection is a representation of artistic endeavour from all corners of the world. Within the collection, artists have captured key UN values such as peace, human rights and environmental issues. The artworks celebrate and commemorate the positive spirit that underpins the work of the Organization and International Geneva. From a heritage perspective, the collection is a unique and precious part of the story of internationalism that began in Geneva in 1919.

See below some of the artworks donated to UNOG.


by Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen

Donated by Italy in 2001
Cloisonné vase

in copper and enamel, on a rosewood stand
donated by the People's Republic of China
on 18 January 2017
on the occasion of the visit of Chinese President
Xi Jinping to UNOG
(total height: 1 m 76)
Les cavaliers du Bouzkachi
(The Bouzkachi's riders)

by Bernard Ponty

Donated by Afghanistan in 2010
Venus y joven guerrero
(Venus and young warrior)

Donated by Costa Rica in 1998
Chair donated by Samoa to the League of Nations

Donated by Botswana in 2005
Cyrus Cylinder

Donated by Iran in 1980
Wooden box

Donated by Hungary in 1936