Portrait of Paul-Henri Spaak

© EP 2021

Svezia, 2014

Tecnica mista su tela, 140 x 110 cm

Donato dall'artista nel 2014


Fabien Edelstam porta una svolta tecnica distintiva alla ritrattistica su commissione. Ottenuto il diploma presso la scuola di moda e design Beckmans di Stoccolma, si trasferisce a Parigi per frequentare l'Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Vive e lavora nella capitale francese dal 1990. Dal 1997 in poi, i suoi ritratti su commissione vengono apprezzati sempre di più, in parte grazie all'approccio frammentario alle immagini rappresentative che gli consentono di giocare con l'idea di totalità. Giorgio Armani (2004), Ralph Lauren (2009), l'ex presidente della Confederazione svizzera Adolf Ogi (2011) e la regina Silvia di Svezia(2013) sono alcuni dei personaggi pubblici da lui ritratti oltre, ovviamente, a Paul-Henri Spaak (2014). Spaak è uno stimato politico socialista belga che è stato il primo ministro del Belgio, ha progettato la fondazione dell'unione doganale del Benelux (1944), ha presieduto la prima sessione dell'Assemblea generale delle nuove Nazioni Unite (1945), ed è stato il primo presidente dell'Assemblea consultiva del Consiglio d'Europa tra il 1949 e il 1950. Dal 1955 in poi riveste un ruolo influente e di guida nella preparazione del trattato di Roma e nell'istituzione della CEE (1957), e più in generale del progetto europeo nel suo insieme. Per questo il Parlamento europeo ha chiamato un edificio in suo onore.
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    Hans-Gert Pöttering

    Hans-Gert Pöttering served as President of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009.


    Acquisition programme

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Cyprus, Czechia and Estonia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006


    Enlargement: Bulgaria, Romania

    Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.

  • 2008

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Hungary and Latvia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006.

  • 2009

    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%.


    Jerzy Buzek

    Jerzy Buzek served as President of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2012.


    Acquisition programme

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Poland and Lithuania following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006


    Lisbon Treaty

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  • 2010

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006

  • 2011

    Acquisition programme

    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))

    Establishment of a temporary rotating exhibition to mark rotating EU presidencies, starting from January 2011 (…)

    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

  • 2012

    Martin Schulz

    Martin Schulz served as President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017.


    Art@Europarl

    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

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Croatia following the Bureau decision from 13 December 2006.


    Enlargement Croatia

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    2014 European elections

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    Antonio Tajani

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    David Sassoli

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    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))


    2019 European elections

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    Brexit

    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.

    As of 1 February, the number of EU member states is 27 and the term of office of UK MEPs ends. The number of MEPs is 705 (previously 751), as some of the UK seats are allocated to existing member states to reflect demographic changes, while others are kept in reserve for when another country joins the EU.

  • 2021

    Acquisition programme of works of art from Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden following the Bureau decision from 25 November 2019