Among the innumerable times that Batuz has been in Washington DC over a stretch of more than thirty years, we can include many one man shows of his paintings such as at the Philips Collection in ‘78, at the Hirshhorn Museum in ‘75, the many reunions of the Société Imaginaire meeting in the various embassies such as that of Chile, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, etc, as well as those hosted in the Meridian House, Cosmos Club, while most especially the honoring of the Société Imaginaire at the 25th anniversary at the Kennedy Center. Among all these numerous events we must recall that his first one man show in the US took place at the Organization of American States in ’73, inaugurated by President Galo Plaza Lasso and which he last visited in ‘04 when he attended a reception given in his honor by the Secretary General Cesar Gaviria, where the latest portfolio ‘no más fronteras’, completed in collaboration with the Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, was on exhibit. This work is kept in the National Gallery of Art along with all other publications of the Société Imaginaire and was given on loan for the event.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s in Washington DC, the many events aforementioned demanded a permanent organization that would be dedicated to managing all such similar activities. Therefore two outstanding members of the Société Imaginaire, Joseph John Jova, former US Ambassador, and Henry A. Millon, director for the Center of Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, initiated and realized the inscription of this non-profit entity called the Batuz Foundation USA, housing it in the East Wing of the National Gallery itself which at the same time began to serve as the repository of the many portfolios and documents of the Société Imaginaire.

The foundation lately has been reorganized under the leadership of Bruce Kaiser and is dedicated to carry out worldwide the projects for peace and human understanding among the many different cultures and their conflicts under the title ‘no más fronteras’. It strives to continue bringing the method of the Société Imaginaire into practice within the United States, as well as including its citizens to participate in the many activities held elsewhere abroad. The direct consequence of this exchange of peoples is what the undertaking seeks to attain. A further understanding of the similarities that bind us as people is learned through such experience and is the essential aim of the Société Imaginaire and its method for cross-cultural communication.

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Yemeni activist, politician member of the initiative for new Yemen in Berlin,