The European Pavilion

A space for experimentation and imagination

One of the new programmes of the European Cultural Foundation, the European Pavilion is a pan-European and multidisciplinary arts initiative and network that aims to contribute to an artistic reflection on Europe. It stems from the conviction that we need a European art platform to continuously think and challenge what Europe means today and what it can be tomorrow. Our ambition is to enhance the “aesthetic potential” of Europe and inspire artists and communities to strengthen Europe as a cultural community beyond borders and national narratives.

Together with partners, we want to encourage imagination, wanderings, experimentation, and dialogue. We want to question and debate; to do and build. And what better place than a pavilion to do this? The pavilion, which has taken on many functions and forms throughout history, has the quality to remain open to new definitions and meanings – much like Europe itself.

Since the beginning of 2021, ECF has been partnering with Camargo Foundation and Kultura Nova foundation to establish the ground for the launch of the European Pavilion this year. The directors of both foundations are joining us for a conversation organized as part of the online program of Europe Day. Watch the recorded online program from Europe Day 2021 below.

In September, ECF will also announce the first generation of European Pavilions: a network of arts and culture spaces that engage in the production and promotion of artistic projects, with our support and the support of partner foundations.

Meanwhile, ECF has also been producing a podcast series, which brings together conversations with various personalities who discuss topics that resonate with Europe today, including post-national imaginaries, citizenship, representation, public space, and ecology. The series is coming to an end with a final episode released on the occasion of Europe Day 2021. Held annually on 9 May, Europe Day marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which proposed placing Franco-German coal and steel production under a common High Authority. The ECSC project suggested that a common trade in materials would ensure lasting peace and unity. Today’s challenges show us that this ideal of 71 years ago calls for a more profound transition in society.

The European Pavilion Podcast

Meanwhile, ECF has also been producing a podcast series, which brings together conversations with various personalities who discuss topics that resonate with Europe today, including post-national imaginaries, citizenship, representation, public space, and ecology. The series is coming to an end with a final episode released on the occasion of Europe Day 2021. Held annually on 9 May, Europe Day marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which proposed placing Franco-German coal and steel production under a common High Authority. The ECSC project suggested that a common trade in materials would ensure lasting peace and unity. Today’s challenges show us that this ideal of 71 years ago calls for a more profound transition in society.

From Coal and Steel to a Just Transition

For this concluding episode, we have invited three guests from three generations of Europeans to look back at the European project and look ahead to the future.

What could be, in the years and decades to come, the cement that holds us together: the emotional and material bond – or ‘cementiment’ – that would weave a sense of Europeanness?

With

  • Silvia Bencivelli, Science commentator
  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
  • Tobias Holle, Student and activist with Fridays for Future

Concept: Lore Gablier, Project manager at the European Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with artist and filmmaker Alejandro Ramírez
Original music: Gagi Petrovic
Sound design: Alejandro Ramírez

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