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Brussels Buys Polish Art
February 23, 2010   
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The European Parliament has added ten works by Polish artists to its collection of contemporary art. In buying work for the collection, the European Parliament acts as an art patron and promotes the cultural legacy of Europe. The Polish exhibition at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels was opened Jan. 25 by European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

This is the third exhibition of the cultural legacy of "New Europe" since the historical enlargement of the EU in 2004. The works on show were selected, with the help of the European Parliament Information Office in Warsaw, by a four-strong committee comprising the directors of the National Museum in Cracow, the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw, the Museum of Art in ŁódĽ and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw. The experts selected 45 works and the final 10 were chosen by the art committee of the European Parliament together with Buzek.

The Polish works were bought for 150,000 euros. They include a sculpture by Anna Baumgart and paintings by Tomasz Ciecierski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Ryszard Grzyb, Stefan Gierowski, Zofia Kulik, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Zbigniew Rogalski, Henryk Stażewski and Tomasz Tatarczyk.

The European Parliament's tradition of buying works of contemporary European art was started in 1980 by the then-President of the European Parliament, Simone Veil. So far, the European Parliament's collection includes 59 items from the "new" EU member states. This year, the 10 Polish works will be joined by paintings and sculptures from Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia and next year the parliament will buy works from Bulgaria and Romania. The collection as a whole comprises 363 paintings and sculptures displayed at European Parliament offices in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg and at European Parliament Information Offices in EU member states.

M.R.
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