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Arts and culture at the ECB

The European Union is home to a rich and varied array of cultures, made up of the traditions of the individual countries and regions. At the ECB we are committed to promoting this variety of arts and culture through our events and initiatives.

ECB art collection & exhibitions

Kris Lemsalu, Car2Go, 2017

The ECB’s art collection comprises around 450 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and art objects. It continues to grow, mainly through acquisitions of artworks for the annual exhibition series “Contemporary art from the Member States of the European Union”, which features a different country every year. The series aims to showcase the diverse range of each country’s artistic output and highlight some of the key ideas currently being discussed in the art world. Since 2015, the ECB collection has further expanded with theme-specific acquisitions for our different buildings.

This year, in cooperation with Eesti Pank, we are featuring a contemporary art exhibition from Estonia – the 21st exhibition in the series. With this exhibition we are also happy to be joining the celebrations of Estonia’s hundredth anniversary of independence! Over 50 pieces created by 14 artists and artist groups will be presented between 28 June and 26 October 2018. Their work is representative of today’s fast-changing visual and digital culture and the ways it is shaping our perception and behaviour. Some artworks also deal with themes such as nationalism, feminism and capitalism in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Others either take a wide-angled look at the extensive opportunities and risks of today’s globalised world, or zoom in on each individual’s immediate environment and his/her perception of and interaction with it.

Works from the following artists are featured: Merike Estna, Flo Kasearu, Kristi Kongi, Paul Kuimet, Kris Lemsalu, Marko Mäetamm, Marge Monko, Krista Mölder, Katja Novitskova, Kaido Ole, Kristina Õllek & Kert Viiart, Laura Põld, Taavi Suisalu, Sigrid Viir.

The exhibition is open to the public via guided tours. Exact dates and registration details are available on the Kulturothek website.

Cultural Days

The Cultural Days of the ECB provide an opportunity to celebrate Europe’s “unity in diversity”. Each year, they focus on a different Member State of the European Union.
Following in the footsteps of “Inspiring Spain” in 2017, the Cultural Days will this year showcase the remarkable cultural achievements of Lithuania.

Find out more


Luminale 2018

Other visits

We were pleased to take part in this year’s Luminale by turning the north façade of our historic Grossmarkthalle into a huge animated street art gallery. From 18 to 23 March our building came to life with colour and movement thanks to Urbanscreen, an artist collective and creative company from Bremen, and Andreas Preis, a renowned illustrator currently living and working in Berlin.

More on Luminale 2018
Making of and Interviews with the Artists
Photos of the event