Council of Europe Art Collection (2009)
The Council of Europe's various buildings are home to an extensive collection of works of art, a selection of which is presented in this volume. Member and non-member states, regional and local authorities, and even artists themselves have donated works of art to the Council.These gifts symbolise their donors' attachment to one of the oldest of Europe's political organisations. They are a tangible expression of support for an organisation that views human rights as the focal point of society, as well as acknowledging that creative artists play a vital part in shaping attitudes and behaviour.In particular, these works bear witness to the multicultural vision of Europe's identity that the Council of Europe promotes. Over the years, ancient and contemporary works, decorative objects, objects of technological interest, sculptures and paintings have been added to the collection. The collection is a reminder of what constitutes the very essence of European society - unity that stems from diversity.