SatiricalCzechArtFilter: A massive art installation
at the European Council building in Brussels has raised hackles. Bulgaria, in particular, is not pleased at being represented as a "Turkish Toilet
Comissioned by the incoming Czech presidency of the EU, this has caused something of a PR scramble for them; in the case of Bulgaria, the Czech ambassador has been called to Sofia, Bulgaria to explain (see first link). The piece looks like a giant set of snap-out plastic pieces, like one would find in a model set (e.g., a model airplane). Each country is represented with the shape of its territories, modified to reflect and lampoon some stereotype of the country. France, for example, is covered by a sheet declaring "On strike!" in French. The Netherlands are shown flooded with water, with a series of minarets showing above the water line (interpreted in most news accounts as a reference to religious/racial tensions in NL).
As the official press release
on the EU2009.cz website declares, the artwork was commissioned to take contributions from 27 artists from all the member states of the EU. However, the original artist, David Černý
(personal website), admitted to a Telegraph reporter that he faked the names and did it all himself
(with 2 accomplices). There is now some debate about what to do with the embarassing art installation before it's official opening on January 15, but already the reporter that broke the "There were no 27 artists" story is arguing that the piece should remain
"Official" brochure for Entropa
(PDF, 5mb), complete with concept drawings, explanatory commentary and CV's of the faked artists from each country.
: 'In pictures: Entropa installation
' (only a few of the countries are included)
: Concept drawings
of most of the countries (in Czech, but you can figure out which image represents which country; "předchozí" means "previous" and "další" means "next")