Entropa artwork to go with Czech cabinet in May

26th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Created to mark the start of the presidency, Entropa is a symbolic map of Europe depicting stereotypes attributed to the 27 European Union member countries.

Prague -- Artist David Cerny says he wanted to remove his Entropa artwork, a symbol of the Czech European Union presidency, earlier than scheduled in protest against the toppling of the cabinet.

"This is my political statement, a way to say that I do not agree with... the way the Czech government was wiped out by the old Bolsheviks and socialists and President Klaus," Cerny told AFP.

The centre-right cabinet was toppled last month, midway through the Czech EU presidency, by the opposition Social Democrats and Communists, aided by two allies of eurosceptic Czech president Vaclav Klaus.

Cerny added he disagreed with the temporary cabinet taking over on May 9 to steer the country towards early elections scheduled for autumn, and labelled some of the candidates for ministers as "old communists."

"I don't want to support them, they do not deserve to be in charge of the EU. It's like the EU is driven by a horde of pirates," he told AFP about the cabinet led by former communist and now non-partisan statistician Jan Fischer.

He added he was going to take the sprawling work commissioned by Prague off a wall in the EU council's seat in Brussels on May 11 and move it to a private gallery in Prague.

Originally, Entropa was expected to stay in Brussels until the end of the Czech presidency on June 30.

Created to mark the start of the presidency, Entropa is a symbolic map of Europe depicting stereotypes attributed to the 27 European Union member countries.

Commissioned by Prague, the work covering 170 square feet (16 square metres) has angered above all Bulgaria, portrayed as a "Turkish" squat toilet.

At the opening ceremony, Cerny apologised to all who had felt insulted, and the presidency later covered the Bulgarian image with cloth, bowing to official protests from Sofia.

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