On November 22nd, 2022, Forbes unveiled its latest cover featuring the work of world-renowned Monaco-based artist Philippe Pastor.
The cover, which was unveiled at a special event at the Monte Carlo casino, marked a significant milestone in the artist’s career and showcased his powerful and thought-provoking work to a wider audience.
The cover of Forbes features one of Philippe Pastor‘s paintings, from the “BASTA” collection, and a sculpture from his series “Burnt Trees,” which have been exhibited in galleries and public spaces around the world, including at the United Nations quarter.
The artist’s work is deeply rooted in his own personal experiences, having been trapped in a devastating forest fire while working in his former atelier in La Garde Freinet.
The painting on the cover is a powerful reminder of human self-destructiveness and the impact of our actions on the environment.
From the Basta collection, this “Explosion” series features large buckets of paint and incorporates plant elements, paying homage to “action painting” and the energy and power of the artist’s gesture. Another, “With Time and The End of the World,” deals with climate change through a lyrical abstraction, using the process of the elements – sun, air, water, and even fire – to create new layers on the canvas, like a new earth bark.
The event also marked the launch of the “Basta Ball,” a special football created in collaboration with Rani Vanouska T. Modely and Football World Heritage (FWH), the official leading NGO that aims to register Football as an Intangible World Cultural Heritage of humanity.
The ball was created using the same painting as the masterpiece of the “BASTA” collection and was unveiled during the event. FWH is led by Rani Vanouska Modely, the UNESCO President of the 40th General Assembly, HE Altay Cengizer and a committee of prestigious personalities and international experts.
“Many modern and contemporary artists also used football as a form of expressions, such as Picasso, Dalí, Ernie Barnes, Magritte,Warhol, Jeff Koons and Many more. Football is a form of sublimation in art, expressing the essence of visual language. “That’s the reason why I sincerely believe that contemporary artist like Philippe Pastor, can really have an impact though the world using the magic of football to spread a message of peace,” said Rani Vanouska T. Modely, leader of FWH.
In addition to his stunning paintings and sculptures, Philippe Pastor is also known for his series of 7-meter-high sculptures, “Burnt Trees,” which were recently on exhibit in front of the Monte Carlo Casino for the 73rd Monegasque Red Cross Gala.
Overall, the event was a huge success and brought together art lovers, environmentalists, and football fans to celebrate the power of art and the importance of protecting our planet.
“The ‘Basta Ball’ is a testament to the power of art to inspire change,” said Rani Vanouska T. Modely, leader of FWH. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Philippe and to showcase his work to a wider audience.”
Forbes CEO Luiz F Costa Macambira also praised the event and the collaboration, saying “We are proud to have been a part of this important project and to have been able to showcase the work of such a talented artist. The ‘Basta Ball’ is a powerful reminder of the role art can play in raising awareness and inspiring change.”
The collaboration between Forbes, Rani Vanouska T. Modely, and Philippe Pastor is a shining example of how art can be used to raise awareness and inspire change, and we look forward to seeing more of this powerful message in the future.
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