Bulgaria Covered with Black Cloth on Czech Insulting Art Piece "Entropa"

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Covered with Black Cloth on Czech Insulting Art Piece "Entropa" The Czech Presidency of the European Union has covered Tuesday the map of Bulgaria, depicted as a squad toilet as part of the infamous "Entropa" exhibit, with a black cloth. Photo by DarikNews

The Czech Presidency of the European Union has covered Tuesday the map of Bulgaria, depicted as a squad toilet as part of the infamous "Entropa" exhibit, with a black cloth.

The step has been taken after Bulgaria's permanent Representation at the European Institutions has issued an official objection to the work, displayed at the European Council building in Brussels.

Last week, the Deputy Prime minister of the Czech Republic, Alexandr Vondra, has apologized for the insult inflicted on Bulgaria.

"I apologize to Bulgaria and its Cabinet if they feel insulted and I believe we are ready to initiate a constructive dialogue," he said.

The author of the exhibit, David Cerny has also stated that he was ready to remove the insulting pieces, and said he would return the money he has received for the creation of the display.

The Czech Republic, which now holds the EU presidency, has commissioned the 16-square-meter display to mark the start of the six-month Czech presidency of the EU, but they believed it was the work of 27 European artists.

The exhibit named "Entropa" was installed during the last weekend and has angered EU members with its form of a giant jigsaw map representing the "stereotypes" of each of the EU's 27.

"Entropa" portrays Bulgaria as a squad toilet, Romania as a Dracula theme-park, France is covered with the inscription "Strike!," Sweden looks like an IKEA box, the Netherlands is shown as series of minarets submerged by a flood, Germany is a network of motorways vaguely resembling a swastika, Spain is depicted entirely covered with concrete, Italy looks like a giant football stadium while the UK is absent from Europe altogether.

David Cerny has often been called the "enfant terrible" of the Czech art world and his commissioning by the Czech government to create the installation, raised quite a few eyebrows. In the early 1990s he made another stir when he painted a Soviet tank, a Second World War memorial in a Prague square, bright pink.

Cerny has presented "Entropa" to his government with a brochure describing each of the artworks of the 27 supposed contributors from each member state. The artist has already apologized for misleading Czech ministers, but not for the installation itself.

"We knew the truth would come out. But before that we wanted to find out if Europe is able to laugh at itself," Cerny has said.
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#14
xNELLIEx - 21 Jan 2009 // 03:54:39

Yane

Oh, you mean not respected like Andy Warhol? Give yourself a break and don'd puke nonsense about stuff you know nothing about!

#13
Yane - 21 Jan 2009 // 03:14:24

O and "bulgaria has no culture and art apreciation" says the kid with toilet humour who thinks he is looking at a van gogh piece. Will you struggle with puberty much longer young man?

#12
Yane - 21 Jan 2009 // 03:11:27

xNELLIEx, you shouldn't be talking about modern art, if u knew just a little you would know that "shock art" with specific purpose of being shocking and no other goal whatsoever than a bad artist to get a name, is not very respected.

#11
xNELLIEx - 21 Jan 2009 // 02:19:37

"The Bulgarian government and media have shown themselves to be po-faced, stupid and authoritarian over this artwork. People who react in such a manner do not deserve an apology, they deserve to be ridiculed."

Yes, indeed. A very ex-communist and uncivilized, dumb way to behave. It just shows Bulgarian officials have no exposure to contemporary modern art which is always provocative these days. Bulgarian officials have no culture and no art appreciation. Really should take a Modern Art 101 class.

#10
Lotus - 21 Jan 2009 // 00:46:43

It is offensive and it provokes, as art should more often do...

As far as BG being affended,..isn't it better to take it as a constructive criticism. May be Bulgaria, though beautiful, has developed resemblance to a toilet recently. I haven't been there in a while.

A few years ago, my friends and I spent time with a few French tourists. When someone commented, he had been to France and had seen Paris, one of the girls said (with a very French accent): 'Paris? Paris is one big trrrash can.'

#9
BGREvive - 20 Jan 2009 // 23:38:49

Nellie, it's certainly because of people like you who feel inferior being Bulgarians that Bulgaria may have a feeling of inferiority.

On a separate topic now, the fact that BG was depicted as a toilet is offensive. So, as far as I am concerned, BG did well to cover that piece of shitty provocative art (the sole purpose fo which is by the way to act as PR for that pseudo artist who, let me remind you, did not even comply with the specs) is an act of intransigence as to our image. Well done BG government

#8
fishbrain - 20 Jan 2009 // 22:43:20

Art in general shocks. It always shocks someone or other for one or other reasons. Personal attacks on the artist are a waste of time.

The fact is that many other european nations have equal reason to be offended and yet they did not scream up and down. Basically these nations ignored it and therefore people will not even remember in a few months time what was done. In Bulgaria so much "hurrah" was raised that now its impossible to forget either here or anywhere else in Europe. Basically Bulgaria had a chance to rise above this and show the whole europe that it could tolerate such "art" but instead it did the opposit drawing more attention to itself.

In the end perhaps many here are anygry because their thoughts have been exposed in art.

#7
dj - 20 Jan 2009 // 22:39:18

What is the first impression from forengers when they vistis bulgaria? Yes, of cource the antique toilets. Nothing to be shamebe of, but it feels to be landed in Afica. The progression in the last 15 years about basic hygienic public facilities is stranded and i feel it leads to nowhere in the short future.

#6
CJB - 20 Jan 2009 // 21:58:44

"Bulgaria deserves a big apology, as does the other european states offended."

Rubbish.

The Bulgarian government and media have shown themselves to be po-faced, stupid and authoritarian over this artwork. People who react in such a manner do not deserve an apology, they deserve to be ridiculed.

#5
countryhick - 20 Jan 2009 // 21:51:20

Please do tell us what art is?

#4
Yane - 20 Jan 2009 // 19:54:19

xNELLIEx, when you get out of your teens maybe you could post something useful, until then stfu. This is just worthless "shock art" from a looser unable to make a name of himself in any other way artistically. Clearly he appeals to your childish mind, others more mature are not amused that this work is displayed at its particular spot. Who cares what he does elsewhere. I must say the czechs have shown great incompetence for not knowing beforehand what would be put on display. There is a time and place for such content, and it's elsewhere where u can be amused and lol like the teen u are.

Bulgaria deserves a big apology, as does the other european states offended.

#3
xNELLIEx - 20 Jan 2009 // 17:59:29

HAHAHAHA! Black Flag comes to mind:

Black Flag may refer to:

* Black flag, an international anarchist symbol.
* An alternative translation for the name of the anarchist Russian group Chernoe Znamia, also known as Black Banner.
* Iran golden flags, an international anarchist symbol.
* Black Flag (newspaper), an anarchist newspaper
* Black Flag (insecticide), a brand of insecticide
* Black Flag (band), American hardcore punk band
* Black Flag (locality) is a ghost town in Western Australia
* Black Flag Army, a militia operating around Hanoi in the late 19th century
* Czarny Sztandar (1903), a BiaЕ‚ystok anarchist organisation
* Chernoe Znamia (1905), a Geneva anarchist newspaper

#2
CJB - 20 Jan 2009 // 17:01:56

Bulgaria is now depicted as a Turkish toilet wearing a Burqa!

Cerny's joke becomes even more bizarrely successful. BG government officials are still pompous, nationalistic, humourless idiots.

#1
xNELLIEx - 20 Jan 2009 // 16:42:54

"We wanted to find out if Europe is able to laugh at itself" Cerny has said.

Clearly, Bulgaria is not able to laugh at itself, it takes itself much too seriously, never a sign of self confidence. No sense of humor=inferiority complex. Bulgaria is inferior and it knows it, it has a chip on its shoulder and it lacks self-confidence.

But we already knew this.

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