BULGARIA IN ART COVER UP
Sunday January 25th, 2009
After weeks of embarrassment Bulgaria has finally got its own way and had its section of an art installation covered with a black cloth. The problem first arose when the eight tonne artwork was hung in the atrium of the European Council building, Brussels. The Entropa is a giant ribald depiction of the 27 nations who are members of the EU. Bulgaria has protested about being represented by a squat down toilet and has successfully campaigned to get themselves covered up.
Czech artist David Cerny appears somewhat bemused by all the fuss. “It is a pity that it was not understood as a joke. I don’t know if you can call it censorship, I think it is oversensitivity,” He added he has already been approached by three art buyers keen to purchase Entropa after it is moved from the European council and has completed a sixth month stint in Prague.
The artwork has already been criticised for its depiction of masturbating Italian football players and German autobahns arranged in a shape resembling a swastika. It was also commissioned by the Czech government to be a collective piece from artists all over the EU, but was in fact made by Mr Cerny and a few of his friends. Despite attempts to cover up the scam by inventing biographies for several of the bogus artists, Cerny was rumbled and has agreed to pay back £46000 in public funds.
To add irony to injury Czech President Vaclav Klaus is also the brunt of Cerny’s joke, when the artist decided to include some of his Euro-sceptic comments in the Czech section of Entropa. Klaus has written to the presidency of the EU calling for the exhibit to be publicly disavowed.
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