CM(98)37...Committee for works of art: 9th meeting (Strasbourg, 28 January 1998)
Strasbourg, 6 March 1998
For consideration at the 628th meeting
of the Ministers Deputies
(15-16 April 1998, A level, item 11.1)
COMMITTEE FOR WORKS OF ART
(Strasbourg, 28 January 1998)
I. The Committee for Works of Art held its 9th meeting on 28
II. The Committee of Ministers was represented by Mr J. Wolf,
Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein and Committee Chairman,
and by Mr J. WARIN, Permanent Representative of France.
The Parliamentary Assembly was represented by Mrs J. Verspaget
and Lord Russell Johnston.
The Secretariat was represented by Mr J.-L. Gianardi, Director
of Administration, Mr C. Grayson, representing the Office of
the Clerk of the Assembly, and Mr S. Palmer, representing the
Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers; by Mr J.P. Chauvet,
representing the Director of the Secretary General's Private
Office, and Mr H.J. Rohkamm, Head of Technical Services Division
and Committee Secretary.
III. The Committee was required to make recommendations
concerning donations proposed by:
- Cyprus, which asked the Committee to choose one of three
works selected through a competition:
- the Russian Federation, which proposed a tapestry entitled
"The Moscow Kremlin " by the Russian artist Mrs
Valentina Platonova. President Boris YELTSIN had presented the
work to the Council of Europe at its 2nd Summit in October 1997;
- Greece, which proposed a replica of the statue
"Poseidon of Artemision".
IV. The Committee for Works of Art thanked the Cypriot
government for its offer, but regretted that it was unable to
accept one of the proposed works. The Committee noted that one
work, "Wave" by the artist Yiorgos Kypris, could have
been selected but was unsuitable because it might create hazards
for the public, being of a weight and size which made it
impossible to display anywhere but outside the Human Rights
V. The Committee for Works of Art thanked the Russian
government for its generous offer and recommended the acceptance
of the tapestry "The Moscow Kremlin " by Valentina
In view of its large size, the Committee asked to receive at
its next meeting the Secretariat's proposal on the intended
location of the work, as the Committee members would wish to
assess the visual impact in situ.
VI. The Committee for Works of Art thanked the Greek
government for its offer and decided in favour of accepting the
donation. It also gave a favourable opinion on the possible
display site for the bronze copy of the sculpture "Poseidon
of Artemision" which it recommended be positioned on the
Palais de l'Europe front lawn to the right of main driveway, at
the beginning of the footpath.
VII. The Committee, looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of
the Council of Europe, recommended setting up a fund to receive
donations from the member countries.
The proceeds of contributions to be invited from the Council
of Europe member countries would allow the purchase of
significant works marking the anniversary, for the Human Rights
building or other Council of Europe premises.
The above procedure would obviate the possibility of member
countries proposing disparate donations or works falling short of
the coherence demanded by the occasion.
The Committee recommended that the matter be referred to the
VIII. The Committee tentatively decided to arrange its next
meeting to coincide with the forthcoming Parliamentary Assembly
session between 20 and 24 April 1998.