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Art Collection

Temporary art exhibition - Works of Art from Estonia

INTERMEDIAL - the title of this temporary exhibition refers to the act of juxtaposing the natural and the digital. As something of a paradoxical combination, this pair of terms has begun to signify Estonia, not only as the nation itself, but also as a region and a culture.

Estonia, the most northerly of the three Baltic States, boasts a rich history and eclectic cultural heritage due to its geographical location. Today, Estonia’s art world is a confluence of local culture, global influence, “traditional” and contemporary artists, the vestiges of its Soviet history, and current influences from the European Union.

From July until December 2017 you can see the works of Estonian art in the European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli building, 3rd floor, zone G. This exhibition brings together Estonian artworks from the European Parliament Art Collection, with additions from the Tartu Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and the artists themselves.

Estonian contemporary art represented in this exhibition includes the works of Jaan Elken, Kaido Ole, Alice Kask, Dénes Farkas, Kristiina Hansen, Paul Kuimet, Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak, Tõnis Saadoja, Taavi Suisalu, Timo Toots as well as Visible Solutions LLC, which is co-owned by three artists, Karel Koplimets, Taaniel Raudsepp and Sigrid Viir.

In the future it will be interesting to follow the development of Estonia’s evolving contemporary art scene and its interaction with society.

Kes otsib, see leiab - He who seeks shall find. (Estonian Proverb)

We hope that you will find some inspiration 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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