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Art Collection

Temporary art exhibition - Works of Art from Austria

From July until December 2018, you can admire works of Austrian art on the 3rd floor of the Altiero Spinelli building, zone G.

This exhibition, organised on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, brings together selected Austrian artworks from the European Parliament’s collection and contributions from the collection of the Austrian Federal Government.

The artworks on display include the works of Ona B., Anemona Crisan, Georg Frauenschuh, Dorothee Golz, Franz Graf, Aurelia Gratzer, Richard Jurtitsch, Ulrike Lienbacher, Mirjam Moss, Barbara Mungenast, Florentina Pakosta, Kurt Ryslavy, Eva Schlegel, Herwig Turk, Linde Waber und Kurt Welther. Paintings, drawings 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 Austrian contemporary art scene.

Austrian art and culture are rich in history, with an abundance of eminent names throughout the ages such as Mozart in music, Klimt, Schiele and Hundertwasser in the arts just to name a few.

Situated as it does in central Europe, Austria acts, not just geographically, but also in terms of cultural history, as a connecting link between cultural influences and has consistently lived in symbiosis, especially with its neighbouring countries. Since the Romanesque period it has moved through the artistic eras that have principally shaped the Western world, giving varied forms of expression to their characteristic styles.

An Austrian proverb says: ‘Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.' With this in mind, we hope that you will find some inspiring beauty in this exhibition!

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 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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