the Europartrain

The journey of the europartrain started in 1997 in Thessaloniki, Greece, then the Cultural Capital of Europe. The europartrain traveled through Europe, dynamically collecting railway carriages from every country to initiate and stimulate the interaction and cooperation between the different European cultures. Artists from all over Europe were invited to come to the europartrain and create art works that are representative of the present European cultural climate. People on train stations could step into one carriage and by walking from wagon to wagon, they crossed the entire continent without the train being in motion.

The train was exhibited in 23 european train stations attracting over 100.000 visitors, while simultaniously six books have been published accompanied by an art-documentery film that you can find back in libraries of contemporary art centres like the Tate London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, etc.

The advisory board on the project was comprised of Trevor Davies, director of Copenhagen International Theatre and director Copenhagen 96 Cultural Capital of Europe, Janwillem Schrofer, President at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam and Chairman/ Secretary at Prix de Rome,  Paolo Bianchi, curator, art critic, journalist and editor for amongst others Kunstforum International, Germany, Heiner Holtappels, Director at Netherlands Media Art Institute and  Coen Stork who was Dutch Embassador in Pretoria, Havana and Bucharest. He was the patron of the Europartrain project.

In the fall of 2000 the europartrain’s finissage was at the European Cultural Capital 2000 in Cracow, Poland. As a temporary autonomous and mobile space it delivered extraordinary experiances and inspiration to many local communities and individuals. Events and exhibitions centering around the europartrain on railway stations with all the activities and happenings was possible to be followed through the europartrain web pages. Please find out what you have been missing!

 

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