Concrete, metal, mixed media, Dimensions variable, height approximately 120 cm
Purchased from the artist in 2023
Edith Karlson’s artwork is often described as fables, as her sculptures of animals are given human characteristics and behaviours. Dogs, bears, and birds are just a few of the creatures that Karlson uses to comment on society’s function and dysfunction, often with critical overtones. The intensity with which these themes appear in her work reflects society’s response to the transformation following 1990.
One sculpture that exemplifies Karlson’s critical approach is Family, featuring a group of animal-inspired figures. Among them, one is holding a box containing miniature human figures, while two others, with monstrous lizard-like heads, stand near him. The sculpture serves as a powerful reminder of equality, self-determination, and individual freedom, as family is ultimately a community of love and harmony among people.
Edith Karlson studied at the Academy of Art in Tallinn, Estonia, and has exhibited her work regularly since 2005 in Estonia, as well as in Austria, Finland, Belgium, and beyond.
Acquisition programme of works of art from Croatia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006.
Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU and newly-elected Croatian MEPs take their seats in the European Parliament.
2014 European elections
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UK voters decide to support leaving the European Union in a closely-fought referendum called by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The outcome of the referendum triggers the resignation of Cameron. His successor Theresa May pledges to take the UK out of the EU and initiates the process on 29 March 2017.
Antonio Tajani served as President of the European Parliament from 2017 to 2019.
David Sassoli served as President of the European Parliament from 2019 to 2022.
Value of culture
(…) the intrinsic value of culture and of artistic expression should always be preserved and promoted and that artistic creation is at the heart of cooperation projects. European Parliament legislative resolution of 28 March 2019 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013 (COM(2018)0366 – C8 0237/2018 – 2018/0190(COD))
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The European elections in May 2019 see about 51% of EU voters go to the polls, the highest turnout in 20 years. The centre-right European People’s Party and centre-left Social Democrats lose seats but remain the two largest groups in Parliament, while other centrist and liberal parties make gains.
After the European Parliament ratified the withdrawal agreement on 29 January, the UK leaves the EU about three and a half years after voters supported the move in a referendum.
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Acquisition programme of works of art from Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden following the Bureau decision from 25 November 2019
Acquisition programme of works of art from Czechia, Italy, Malta and Slovakia following the Bureau decision from 25 November 2019
Roberta Metsola serves as President of the European Parliament since January 2022
Acquisition programme of works of art from Cyprus, Estonia, Malta, Romania and The Netherlands following the Bureau decision from 25 November 2019