Number of artworks:
Status of collection:
Primary focus of the collection is conceptual art, with numerous works addressing issues related to the interfaces between artistic theory and production and the natural sciences, technology and innovation. Many artists make use of or comment on scientific methods and natural phenomena in their work. Constructivist, concrete and post-minimalistic tendencies play an important role. Artistic genres include installation, photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, light art.
Commission program / Site-specific order(s) :
In total, there were 33 large-scale commissions realised in the EPO, amongst others by:
Tomás Saraceno, Jeppe Hein, John M Armleder, Heimo Zobernig, Katarina Löfström, Philippe Decrauzat, Marie-Thérèse Vacossin, Beat Zoderer, Susanne Pittroff, Steven Rand, Fausto Melotti, André Volten, Philip King, Nicolas Schöffer, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jaros?aw Flicínski, Max Bill, Panamarenko, Chihiro Shimotani, Yoshiuki Miura, Nikolaus Gerhart, Hannsjörg Voth, Liet Heringa/Maarten Van Kalsbeek, Hannsjörg Voth, Bernhard Luginbühl, Maurizio Nannucci
Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium.
Number of employees:
Approximately 7 000 staff from a total of 34 different countries
Profile of the company:
The EPO is the second-largest European public service organisation. Its core activity is the examination of patent applications and the grant of European patents, as well as providing patent information on a global scale. The mission of the EPO is to promote innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe setting a benchmark for best patenting practice through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention.