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7 > E and economic growth in Europe by granting high- quality patents, collects contemporary art precisely because it is symbolic of those characteristics of innovation and gives expression to them in a multi­ tude of ways.What is always exciting is how indi­vi­­ dual pieces of art hold up at the workplace. Bringing together a sample of 21 works of art, this brochure invites you to discover and learn to appreciate contem­ porary art from the European Patent Office’s collection. Kristine Schönert Valérie Belin,Riccardo Previdi and Lia Perjovschi,Gregor Hildebrandt and Isa Melsheimer or Markus Amm and Stanislav Kolíbal are found together in some of the foyers and, through this confrontation, open up new perspectives. Other foyers are dedicated to a single artist such as Katharina Grosse,Thomas Ruff, Jorinde Voigt, Katharina Sieverding or Roman Signer. As not all works are immediately recognisable to staff as art, the presentation hopes to provoke a review of com­ fortable patterns of perception, to pause and to ques­ tion routine viewing habits. Unless you are a connois­ seur and familiar with the contextual concept behind the artworks, you will most likely be oblivious to the prominence of the artists in your midst. Unlocking the meaning of artworks in the context of an office envi­ ronment requires background knowledge not only of the many pieces that may appear dry and analytical at first glance but also of those artists who engage with technology and science.This guide is designed to provide that knowledge. This international selection of works includes not only well-established contemporary artists but also young newcomers from the post-1970 generation. Some of the artworks on display engage with issues in science and technology (Thomas Ruff, Jorinde Voigt, Katharina Sieverding, Andreas Zybach), while quite a few of the others play in a joyful, ironic or critical way, tongue firmly in cheek, with the consum­ erism that lies beneath the popular culture of a society in thrall to technology (Gerwald Rockenschaub, Sylvie Fleury, Claude Closky, Jonathan Monk,Valérie Belin, Jirˇi Georg Dokoupil, Krisˇtof Kintera, Andrej Barov).The selection of work on display also includes pieces from such conceptual mavericks as Roman Signer, Michael Kienzer, Rui Chafes or Róza El-Hassan. These expose a very striking, individual approach that throws into focus the profile of the other works on display here. All of the works of art presented in this building reflect curiosity about the new and not yet established. This openness connects with the EPO’s daily business of rewarding innovation. Openness towards the no­vel, the readiness to take risks and persistence in research investment: these factors are reflected in the sheer volume of patent applications.The EPO,with its mission of promoting innovation, competitiveness > E

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