The European Parliament has unveiled some of its own private paintings to the public for the first time.
The parliament’s entire collection from across the EU is vast, totalling some 600 works. In the end, however, organisers at the Parlamentarium in Brussels chose 27 pieces – one from each member state.
Antonio Nardone, the exhibition’s curator said: ‘‘There are 590 works of which 27 were selected. In fact, I started by trying to find a link between these works. The theme that we settled on was the big art movements of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, here in Europe.’‘
The collection was started in 1980. Since then, the number of paintings and sculptures has grown steadily as the bloc has enlarged. Priority was also given to diversity and young talent, a decision which the parliament thinks has paid off.
‘‘From the beginning we’ve spent around two million euros. The value of the collection today is estimated to be about 17,7 million euros,’‘ said
Marjory van den Broeke, Head of the EU Parliament’s Press Unit.
The works are on show until the end of October.
euronews’ Brussels based correspondent Audrey Tilve adds: ‘‘This exhibition also gives visitors a chance to discover the Parlamentarium, a hi-tech museum completely focused on all things European and the EU parliament.’‘