Today, Chancellor Angela Merkel will inaugurate the exposition “Views on Europe. Europe and German Painting in the 19th Century” at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The exposition under the patronage of the Chancellor, is part of the cultural programme accompanying the German EU Presidency.
“Views on Europe” exhibits over 150 pieces by German artists of the 19th century, among whom Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Caspar David Friedrich, Max Liebermann and Carl Spitzweg.
The Chancellor will be joined by Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann when she opens the exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts. On the exhibition, the minister commented: “Art was well ahead of politics – that is something we can learn from this impressive exhibition. In Brussels, we are afforded a new European vista of the works by these artists, who, as early as the 19th century, did not feel limited by any national borders in their art. “Views on Europe” shows the work of German artists as European art – inspired by influences and impressions from all over Europe, embedded in the common cultural tradition of the continent. That is a vision we want to take further in our Presidency.”
The exposition will be on display from the 8 March until 20 May 2007 in the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium’s main cultural venue. The exhibition is put on by the National Museums in Berlin, the Dresden State Art Collections and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich in conjunction with the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. Through the Federal Cultural Foundation, the German federation contributes EUR 1.5 million to the exhibition.
Further information on the cultural programme of the German EU presidency is available on the site of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media at: www.bundesregierung.de
Further information on “Views on Europe” at: www.bozar.be