Ministers on Europeana

Estonia: Rein Lang

Article by Rein Lang, Minister of Culture: This ethnographic drawing from the Estonian National Museum’s collection depicts a Khanty girl wearing traditional dress. Silvia Anslang’s watercolour sketch carefully highlights the colour combinations, decorative ornaments, and material nuances of the Khanty national costume that vary in different regions, signifying people’s ethnic identity. In addition to enchanting visual […]

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Slovenia: Žiga Turk

Article by Žiga Turk, Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sports: Slovenia: Europeana as the Generator of New Artistic Pursuits Slovenia is strongly present in Europeana. Europeana Local, Europeana Travel, Minerva, ATHENA, DC-Net, Linked Heritage, ARROW, IMPACT2, EDLnet, APEnet, DoD, ENUMERATE, Europeana Awareness, are merely a few of the projects aimed at the development of digitizing […]

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Finland: Paavo Arhinmäki

Arti­cle by Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister for Culture and Sport: In my childhood during the 80’s all the boys – no matter if they were sons of a bank manager or the mailman – we all had rubbery soccer cleats. These were cheap, but as they are made of rubber – quite uncomfortable. Then became the era […]

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Denmark: Uffe Elbæk

Arti­cle by Uffe Elbæk, Culture Minister of Denmark: At first look, this seems to be an unremarkable image. Three men in front of a brick wall, quite ordinary, except perhaps for their very fine and well-groomed moustaches. But just behind this façade, the image tells of epoch-turning events in European history. The three men are in […]

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Cyprus: Giorgos Demosthenous

Arti­cle by Giorgos Demosthenous, Min­is­ter of Education and Culture: Cultural heritage can be items of a historical nature or items of present day creation. From all items in Europeana I choose to present this video that combines both elements by showing the process of the digital imprint of this remarkable monument, the church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, better […]

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Lithuania: Arūnas Gelūnas

Arti­cle by Arūnas Gelūnas, Minister of Culture: One of the greatest contributions of old Lithuania to European and World science and culture is the work of Kazimieras Semenavičius ‘Artis Magnae Artilleriae‘. In his book printed in Amsterdam in 1650, the Lithuanian scientist was the first person in the world to have described and drawn a multi-stage […]

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United Kingdom: Ed Vaizey / Fiona Hyslop

Arti­cle by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the UK Government, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government: We are delighted to choose this picture of John Logie Baird as our key Europeana image. Television – vision from afar – was one of the greatest inventions […]

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Hungary: Géza Szőcs

Article by Géza Szőcs, Minister of State for Culture: We have no knowledge of any equestrian statue on public display, or indeed, any statue at all which was completed by Leonardo during his lifetime. The well-known, small scale statuettes, like those proudly displayed in the Metropolitan, or London’s Jeanneret collection, may have served as studies […]

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Sweden: Joakim Stymne

Arti­cle by Joakim Stymne, State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture: This is a view of the Old Town in Stockholm, taken one winter day in 1900 by Swedish physician Carl Curman. I have chosen this image to represent the Swedish content in Europeana because it shows how user interest and demand can, and should, control prioritisation […]

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Malta: Mario de Marco

Arti­cle by Mario de Marco, Minister for Tourism, Environment and Culture: Les Gavroches is undeniably one of Antonio Sciortino’s most famous sculptures. It was originally located in the iconic Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta from where one can enjoy spectacular views of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The statue was placed there in 1907 shortly after its acquisition […]

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Austria: Claudia Schmied

Article by Federal Minister Dr. Claudia Schmied: As a symbol of all the items that are being entered by Austria into Europeana, I would like to present the painting from the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna that raised the number of items in Europeana to 20 million: Caravaggio’s painting “David with the Head […]

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Czech Republic: Alena Hanáková

Arti­cle by Alena Hanáková, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic: Velislav’s Bible (Velislai biblia picta): Czech “comics” from the mid 14th Century If there is a media that suits the current time best then it is neither a book nor photograph or fine art, perhaps not a film either – but it is most likely […]

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