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Art Collection

Temporary art exhibition - Works of Art from Romania

From January until July 2019, you can admire works of Romanian art on the 3rd floor of the Altiero Spinelli building, zone G.

This exhibition, organised on the occasion of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, brings together selected Romanian artworks from the European Parliament’s collection and contributions proposed by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, which are mainly loans from the artists’ own collections.

The artworks on display include the works of Geta Brătescu, Ioana Bătrânu, Suzana Dan, Valeriu Mladin, Teodor Moraru, Mihai Ţopescu, Darie Dup, Iosif Király, Petru Lucaci, Marilena Preda Sânc, Florica Prevenda, Constantin Rusu and Mircea Stănescu. The media of sculpture, painting, drawing and photography as well as creative combinations of mixed media are used to emphasise the variety of artistic expression and the different fields in the vital Romanian contemporary art scene.

Communication and construction is the theme of the new temporary exhibition that marks the Romanian Presidency and demonstrates in a variety of creative expressions those aspects of living in space and time.

Located in the southeast of Europe, Romania is a country that is rich in scenic beauty, and also in its dynamic history and culture. In recent decades, the cultural scene in Romania has become very dynamic and full of surprises. Through its geographical location, Romania is keeping its cultural specificities and at the same time shares elements with neighbouring countries. It is therefore not surprising and also noticeable in this temporary exhibition that contemporary and folk art are complementing each other in the choice of material, colours, techniques and motifs. In bigger cities galleries are emerging and a range of museums all over the country preserve its cultural heritage and facets and host international exhibitions.

‘Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them.’ said Constantin Brancusi, Romanian artist and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. Visitors are kindly invited to follow this approach and hopefully enjoy new discoveries.

DG Communication

Events and Exhibitions Unit

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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 contemporary 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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