Art collection

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Art and architecture significantly contribute to the EPO’s corporate identity by bringing cultural responsibility to life. They express the core values and heritage of our international organisation and underpin the EPO’s commitment to offering a stimulating and inspiring working environment for more than 6000 employees in Europe. By reflecting the dynamic, innovative nature of the EPO, which combines creativity, technical expertise and high-quality products and services, the EPO art collection has become one of the world’s leading corporate art collections.

The EPO art collection comprises around 1 000 works of contemporary art, including 40 site-specific commissions. Artists from most of the 38 EPO member states are represented, reflecting the diversity and richness of contemporary European culture. Initiated in 1980, the collection is continuously expanding through the acquisition of new artworks, including those created by next-generation artists, whose visionary spirit and ideas can help make the world a smarter and more sustainable place.  

Exploring art at the EPO

Kristi Kongi. A new follower falls everyday. All mixed with daylight Alicja Kwade, Stand by (Ab2), 2002 Wolfgang Tillmans Paper Drop (Shadow), 2006 © Wolfgang Tillmans
Kristi Kongi
A new follower falls everyday. All mixed with daylight, 2020
© Kristi Kongi
Alicia Kwade
Stand by (Ab2), 2002
© Alicja Kwade
Wolfgang Tillmans
Paper Drop (Shadow), 2006
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, require further information or are interested in a guided tour through the EPO art collection. 

Upcoming Events

The Long Night of Museums in Munich, Saturday 15 October 2022

Long night of museums in Munich 2022 Guided tours through the European Patent Office art collection in the Grasserstraße 9 building (at Hackerbrücke) and the premiere of the short film "Lichtkunst", in which the curator of the collection, Dr Kristine Schönert, presents light art works in the EPO.

Children's tours including a workshop

  • 14.00 hrs – 15.30 hrs for children aged 6 to 10
  • 16.00 hrs – 17.30 hrs for children aged 11 to 14

Guided tours – evening programme

  • 18.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs
  • 19.00 hrs – 20.00 hrs
  • 20.00 hrs – 21.00 hrs
  • 21.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs
  • 22.00 hrs – 23.00 hrs
  • 23.00 hrs – 24.00 hrs

Registration is required, from the end of September 2022

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