Renee van Bavel



THE MIRROR OF PEACE is a spatial work of art that invites the viewer to have their personal experience with peace: The viewers see themselves full size reflected and read a text saying: “This is what people living in peace look like.” It becomes instantly clear that a life lived in peace cannot be taken for granted, and that we must act consciously—every day—to preserve this peace.


THE MIRROR OF PEACE will be presented during the Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice.
The presentation of Renee van Bavel and THE MIRROR OF PEACE on the occasion of the Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice is a project of The Draiflessen Collection in collaboration with Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore – Benedicti Claustra Onlus. 

The opening of THE MIRROR OF PEACE at the Biennale Arte in Venice had taken place on 21 May 2022 and THE MIRROR OF PEACE can be viewed in the monastery garden of the Abbazia San Giorgio Maggiore till 9 October 2022.

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. / closed on Wednesdays.

To visit THE MIRROR OF PEACE take the VAPORETTO WATERBUS linea 2 / fermata San Giorgio line 2 and get of at: San Giorgio stop.

Ai Weiwei visited The Mirror of Peace in July 2022 and opened his exhibition on 27 August in the Monastery next to The Mirror of Peace.

THE MIRROR OF PEACE is an interactive work of art and it invites you to a moment of self-reflection. Because you see yourself in the work, you know a part of the work and you immediately connect with it. This brings the theme of peace very close and establishes a direct connection with your own life.

THE MIRROR OF PEACE is communicative work of art: people who face each other in front of THE MIRROR OF PEACE, get into dialogue with each other.

THE MIRROR OF PEACE sheds light on a difficult and urgent subject in an accessible and positive way.

All these qualities make THE MIRROR OF PEACE accessible to a broad audience and connect the society in all its diversity, regardless of borders, gender, origin, religion, social backgrounds and age.

“Through my work for various memorial sites and foundations in Germany and the Netherlands, I have met many people for whom the words war and peace have a vivid meaning. These encounters have made me very aware that I live in peace and that this should not be taken for granted. This process has ignited a urge to share this consciousness of peace with the public. Not by explaining it, but by creating a form that enables people to experience it for themselves. That is THE MIRROR OF PEACE.

It is my intention to place more versions of THE MIRROR OF PEACE in different countries around the world in order to create awareness: Peace can not be taken for granted.”