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European Row

New Artwork Causes EU Row

Published onsdag 14 januari 2009 kl 12.33
The Controversial Artwork(Sweden is at the top right)

Sweden got off lightly, depicted as an Ikea flatpack, but a new art installation lampooning EU National stereotypes has upset some member states and provided a rocky start to the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the EU.

The giant work housed in the Council of Europe’s building in Brussels , depicts Germany as a motorway network in a shape resembling a swastika, Bulgaria a toilet, France is simply on strike, while Eurosceptic Britain is missing altogther.

The artwork called ”Entropa,” was supposed to feature a piece of work from artists representing each of the 27 member states, but it’s emerged that it’s entirely the work of controversial Czech artist David Cerny and two colleagues.

He apologised for misleading ministers when he presented the Czech government with a plan of Entropa featuring work from 27 artists, but refused to apologise for the artwork itself, saying that he wanted to ”find out if Europe is able to laugh at itself.”

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