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Question 17: In your opinion, how could society provide better support for the dissemination and the development of visual arts?


I’m not sure if a society can improve the system to which it belongs other than through the passage of time. It’s the concentration of population that allows society to lead a more or a less active existence. I think that people in general are good people; they try their best to make their society go forward. When you can afford to do more, you do more, and you consider artists as more important than when you are poor. The needs are not the same. When you are poor, you have to earn a living and keep the body alive, and when you’re rich you can turn to other things as well, you can cultivate your intellect, your sensitivity, your emotions and your relationships, through increased knowledge, artistic or otherwise. I don’t think there’s any way of improving a society other than through its own existence: it improves with the work of social organization done by the people within it. People in general don’t give much attention to artistic concerns, except that looking back in time, all those women who made quilts, who did embroidery and everything, they were enormously respected in the home for the beauty they created around them. So it depends on the density of population and on its financial means, more than anything else.