An unique art project has for the last couple of years been rolling through Europe. The europartrain is a contemporary multimedia project, which is crossing boarders on an international, national, organisational and personal level. Towards the public, the art train appears to be a very obvious object on train stations. Yet, what remains hidden are the high degrees of difficulty in management. For logistics and for convincing instances in the departments of international Railways, Ministries and City councils etc., the europartrain could be categorised within the league of Cristo's fence work. But further, it is a nomadic project, both in a literal sense as in a practical way. Primarily, it is an artwork in its own right.

The debut of the train was in March 1997 in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 and found after an enthusiastic welcome in Greek, Yugoslavian, Hungarian, Austrian and Dutch train stations. In every country the train visits, the national railway company adds a new carriage to the train. One could describe this concept as a growing `Gesamtkunstwerk'. The 150 meter long train and about 400 square meters of exhibition space is mostly on view in train stations in the centre of the cities.

moving connection

Amsterdam, Nov. 1998 < Yugoslav, Greek ,Danish, Hungarian, Dutch and container wagon >



Quo vadis (where are we going?) .......................

'Quo vadis' artwork by Kirsten Defour (DK)

and how far?

The artistic course for the project is getting over the last few years influenced by the Stichting's board of advisers. This board consists of Trevor Davies, Director of the Copenhagen International Theatre, Janwillem Schr?fer, Director of the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, Paolo Bianchi, Professor, art critic and independent curator from Baden, Switzerland and Heiner Holtappels, Director of Monte Video, Amsterdam, who are giving their input for the artistic development of the project.