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.
Explore our art collection with the new ECB Art App
You can download our free ECB Art App on your smartphone or tablet and check out the collection from the comfort of your own home. The app features information about a variety of artworks and architecture, plus exclusive behind the scenes videos and interviews with artists and ECB staff members.
ECB art collection
Our art collection comprises around 480 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and art objects. It continues to grow, mainly through the acquisition of artworks from the “Contemporary art from the Member States of the European Union” annual exhibition series, 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. From 27 June to 18 October 2019, the 22nd exhibition of the series puts the contemporary art scene of Croatia into the spotlight. The exhibition features both emerging and established artists, with their works drawing on the complex relations between society, politics and culture.
Since 2015, our collection has further expanded with acquisitions relating to specific themes. Over time, it has become a record that reflects on the developments in contemporary European art that have taken place since the 1990s.
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.
Our 2019 European Cultural Days will be dedicated to Europe’s common identity.
We were pleased to take part in Luminale 2018 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.