Controversial Entropa Artwork Exhibited Uncensored in Prague

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | June 13, 2009, Saturday // 12:31
Controversial Entropa Artwork Exhibited Uncensored in Prague: Controversial Entropa Artwork Exhibited Uncensored in Prague The Entropa exhibit spurred an international scandal as the Bulgarian institutions reacted over Bulgaria's depiction as a squat toilet, leading to the country’s image being covered with a black cloth. Photo by BGNES

The controversial Entropa sculpture that was displayed partly covered in Brussels after offending Bulgaria and other EU states has gone on show uncensored in Prague.

The artwork marking the Czech European Union presidency by Czech sculptor David Cerny depicts stereotypes linked to EU countries such as France on strike, Italy with footballers holding strategically-placed footballs and Bulgaria as a squat toilet.

The last image drew loud protests from Bulgaria and had to be covered with black cloth, which has now been removed again.

Slovakia also protested against its image as a Hungarian sausage and Czech President Vaclav Klaus, whose eurosceptic and anti-green statements the artwork features too, slammed it as "dubious and offensive."

Before installing Entropa in Brussels, Cerny misled the Czech government by saying he had created it with a team of artists from all EU countries, but then admitted making it himself.

Cerny decided to remove Entropa from the EU council building in Brussels in protest against the removal of the government of the former Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek, and its substitution by a team of "pirates", as he himself called the new Czech Ministers.


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