Knock, Knock Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Acrilico su tela, 160 x 200 cm
firma e data (in basso a destra), titolo (in alto al centro)
Acquistato dall'artista nel 2007
José María Gil-Robles
José María Gil-Robles served as President of the European Parliament from 1997 to 1999.
Signature of Amsterdam Treaty
Signing of the Amsterdam Treaty. The Treaties establishing the European Communities and a few related acts were signed in the presence of the President of the European Parliament, José María Gil-Robles.
The signing of the ‘Good Friday’ or ‘Belfast Agreement’ between the Irish and the British governments led to the end of 30 years of conﬂict in Northern Ireland.
1999 European elections
Voters from 15 EU countries go to the polls to elect 626 MEPs. The centre-right EPP-ED becomes the largest political group for the first time.
Nicole Fontaine served as President of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2002.
The euro was introduced to world financial markets as an accounting currency on 1 January 1999, replacing the former European Currency Unit (ECU).
The Amsterdam treaty simplifies and broadens the application of the codecision lawmaking procedure. Parliament gets the right to approve the Commission president.
Charter of Fundamental Rights
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Freedom of the arts and sciences. The arts and scientific research shall be free of constraint. Academic freedom shall be respected.
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000/C 364/01)
3rd round of acquisitions with Austria, Finland and Sweden.
National parliaments exhibiton in Brussels and Strasbourg. This exhibition was created at the initiative of President Gil Robles and was officially opened on 17 December 2001 by the then President Nicole Fontaine. It consists of works of art donated or loaned by 15 national parliaments.
Pat Cox served as President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004.
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Treaty of Nice
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2004 European elections
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Acquisition programme of works of art from Cyprus, Czechia and Estonia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006
Enlargement: Bulgaria, Romania
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Acquisition programme of works of art from Hungary and Latvia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006.
2009 European elections
In the seventh European elections voters from 27 countries elect 736 MEPs. The centre-right EPP retains its majority, taking about 36% of the seats, followed by the Socialists and Democrats with 25% and Liberals with 11%.
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Acquisition programme of works of art from Poland and Lithuania following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006
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Acquisition programme of works of art from Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006
Acquisition programme of works of art from Bulgaria and Romania following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006
(…) artistic trades constitute one of the pillars on which our cultural heritage and our economy rest (…) their continuity must therefore be safeguarded by means of appropriate mechanisms for passing on knowledge and skills, as emphasised in Parliament’s resolution of 10 April 2008 on cultural industries in Europe (…)
European Parliament resolution of 12 May 2011 on unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries (2010/2156(INI))
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The exhibition would be organised by a rotating system following the changing of the EU presidencies. Every six months, the Artistic Committee would decide on a selection of 8 to 10 works of art from the Member State concerned(…) GEDA D (2010) 41679
Martin Schulz served as President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017.
The Art@Europarl exhibition presents a small selection of 27 works, mostly paintings, by artists from 27 EU countries at the Parlamentarium, the Parliament’s visitors center. It’s the first time that the general public has direct access to part of the collection.
The European Union gets Nobel Peace Prize
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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.
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Antonio Tajani served as President of the European Parliament from 2017 to 2019.