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Visions of Europe

Visions of Europe
The atrium of the Tour et Taxis exhibition space - the Visionary Women exhibition (Bettina Flitner)


Year-long string of exhibitions and events focussing on the new Europeans and other aspects of the EU's 50-year history provides a platform for imaginative, enthusiastic and controversial visions of Europe.

What do you know about the ‘new Europeans’ who recently joined the EU?  A travelling photo exhibition illustrates their lives, traditions, qualities and paradoxes through the eyes of famous photographers from the renowned Magnum Photos agency. Having visited Paris, Milan, Budapest and Warsaw, the "Euro Visions" exhibition is now in Brussels.

Also in Brussels, the avant-garde exhibition A Vision for Brussels presents an architectural project for the capital of Europe by a team of international architects. The ambitious project proposes redesigning a series of symbolic buildings, including the European Parliament and the Commission’s headquarters, to bring EU institutions closer to the people.

Over 40 giant portraits of some of the most Europe's most visionary women from the fields of culture, science, economy and politics are hanging in the atrium of the Brussels Tour & Taxis exhibition space. On the road for three years, German photographer Bettina Flitner met almost 70 women who became role models in their home countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Swedish crime writer Liza Marklund and the Italian lawyer Ilda Bocassini, symbol of the fight against the mafia.

A ‘Eurocircus’ italiano popped up in Palermo on 30-31 March. The heart of the city became the stage for a number of interactive exhibitions and a string of shows seen by more than 60 000 people. This event addressed some of the big issues in everyday European life including citizens’ rights and the impact of EU laws.

Looking back at our past through the eyes of the press, Lithuania, Denmark dansk and Belgium français held three unconventional "newspaper exhibitions" offering an original view of the epoch-shaping events in Europe 1957 – 2007, as covered by the major national dailies.

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