Reception with an artistic touch on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
To mark the start of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Austrian Embassy in Bucharest hosted a reception on 12 July. The event, which took place at the headquarters of oil and gas company OMV Petrom, not only underscored the close economic ties between Austria and Romania, but it also cast a spotlight on our joint participation in European cultural heritage: Răzvan Ion, co‑founder of the Bucharest Biennale, curated the video installation “How we look at things”, which presented videos by a Bulgarian artist (Ivelina Ivanova), an Austrian video artist couple (Beate Hecher & Markus Keim) and a Romanian artist (Cătălin Burcea) in three booths of different heights. The difference in height and the layout of the booths are supposed to be reminiscent of Stonehenge, in an allusion to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The featured artists hail from the countries of the successive presidencies of the Council of the EU. Musical entertainment was provided by Woody Black 4, a jazz band that is taking part in “The New Austrian Sound of Music” (NASOM), the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ music support programme. In superb crossover style, the musicians combined classical jazz with elements of chamber music, pop and world music.