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5 December 2018

Corporate Art Award group pictureThe EPO has been honoured with the Corporate Art
at an event held on 28 November in the European Parliament in Brussels in
the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The international jury
for the prize recognised the EPO’s art collection for its quality to “shape the
daily working environment through a collection of conceptual contemporary art”.

The Corporate Art Awards were
developed in 2016 by experts who founded the first crowd-funding platform for
art in collaboration with LUISS Business School. They recognise institutions,
corporations and private collectors who actively contribute to the development
of the arts and society.

Under the auspices of the European
Parliament and the European Committee of Regions, nearly 50 companies, public
institutions and private investors from 28 countries were invited to present
their concept of contemporary art patronage at a ceremony in the Parliament.

EPO President António Campinos said: “As
an international organisation we are an interface of culture, science and
technology. It has always been our conviction that contemporary art has the
ability to stimulate creativity and to open new perspectives, and connect
people inside and outside our Office.”

Under the title “Art patrons of the XXI Century”
the event explored new ways of art patronage for promoting a European cultural
identity. More than 200 firms and institutions from all over the world
submitted their concept. The jury evaluating the concepts included, amongst
others, Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Bartomolomeo
Pietromarchi, Director of Maxxi Arte in Rome and Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Director
of the Archeological Park of Paestum.

“Art and culture can be considered a
kind of soft power with a high potential to attract people,” said Antonio
Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in a message to the delegates.
“Art reinforces the idea of a common European belonging.”

The EPO’s art collection today
comprises some 800 works. Founded in 1980 and dedicated to emerging art, the
collection aims to provide a link to society and, at the same time, to offer
identification for the employees through its multicultural face. The collection
houses important works of classical artists such as Max Bill (CH), Nicolas
Schöffer (FR), Panamarenko (BE), Fausto Melotti (IT), Stanislaw Kolibal (CZ),
as well as younger artists including Tomás Saraceno (ARG), Jaroslaw Flicinski
(PL), Heimo Zobernig (AT), Malene Landgreen (DK) and Katarina Löfström (SE).

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