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Art Collection

Temporary art exhibition - Works of Art from the Netherlands

Between January and June 2016, you can admire the works of Dutch art, mainly portraits, in the European Parliament's premises in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli building, 3rd floor, zone G, and in Strasbourg, Louise Weiss building, 1st floor.

"Europe by People" is the motto for this temporary exhibition of artworks selected from the Netherlands section of the European Parliament's art collection and the collection of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From over 20 paintings and sculptures purchased by, or donated to, the European Parliament over the years, a dedicated selection is presented.

The exhibition features some remarkable works by, amongst others, the following artists: Marlene Dumas, Emo Verkerk and Paul Beckman and Janeke Viegers, using different techniques and artistic styles. Directly coming from the Netherlands, you can find amongst other art works, selected photographic portraits from Koos Breukel as well as the last five winners of the National Portrait Prize.

This rotating temporary exhibition is organised by DG COMM on the occasion of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The official opening ceremony took place on January 14th 2016 in Brussels.

Have an inspiring and enjoyable visit!

European Parliament art collection

The EP art collection was started in 1980 on the initiative of the first President of the directly-elected European Parliament, Simone Veil. Her aim was to introduce at a European level the custom of exhibiting European works of art, as practiced by many national parliaments. The first works of art were purchased from 1982-1989. A second set of acquisitions followed from 1989-1993, while a third tranche, approved in 1997, completed the process of acquiring works from the original EU-15 countries. Following the accession of Central and Eastern European countries in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the Bureau adopted a fourth acquisition plan for the years 2006-2010, in 2010 the fifth plan for Bulgaria and Romania and in 2013 the sixth plan for Croatia which completed the collection for EU-28.

Over 30 years the European Parliament has acquired 387 representative works of modern art, with a focus on young, promising artists at the beginning of their careers. Today the collection comprises over 600 paintings, sculptures and other artworks from all EU Member States and beyond, including works of art donated or loaned by national parliaments and other institutions.

The works of art are displayed at the European Parliament's three places of work in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. In order to give everyone a chance to enjoy the collection, the European Parliament opened in December 2011 this online gallery.

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