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"Valuable Links"

Jewels from the OSCE countries" in Maastricht

 04.12. - 21.12.03



On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, held from 1 to 2 December 2003, the Dutch Chairmanship presents the exhibition "Valuable Links. Jewels from the OSCE countries", at the MECC in Maastricht. The exhibition will be opened by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Monday, 1 December 2003, at ....hrs.

After conclusion of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting the exhibition will be transferred to the Centre Céramique, also situated in Maastricht, and will be open to the public as of 4 December 2003 until 30 December. In January 2004 the exhibits will be shown in Sofia, Bulgaria, Chairman for 2004.

Not only all the 55 Member States of the OSCE, but also the 10 Partners for Cooperation from the Mediterranean region and Asia are represented by the work of a contemporary artist, jewellery producer or goldsmith, or by an outstanding and typical historic piece. Some of the pieces have been created especially for the exhibition and are related to OSCE themes. The exhibition was curated by Veronika Schwarzinger (A).

What the exhibition highlights is, that although the exhibits are characterised through their diversity, it still is obvious how artists from different countries have influenced each other. This is also reflected in the OSCE community. The jewels are symbols of the valuable links between the different nations.

For the catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition different authors were invited to give their view on the role of jewellery artists in present day society in general and related to OSCE issues in particular. Dutch Poet Wiel Kusters provided a poem on the theme.

To illustrate the scope of OSCE's work in the field of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation throughout the year 2003 the Dutch Chairmanship of the OSCE has initiated a series of cultural projects conducted under the motto "Human Security. A shared responsibility". The exhibition and the publication of the catalogue form part of this framework.