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January 14, 2009
Czech artwork creates stir across Europe

The “BABY” sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny in Prague. Another piece by Cerny has generated controversy across Europe for its depiction of E.U. member countries.

An art exhibition in Brussels commemorating the Czech presidency of the European Union has become embroiled in controversy.

The sculpture “Entropa” by Czech artist David Cerny features symbols meant to represent E.U. member countries — but Romania is represented as a vampiric theme park, Bulgaria is portrayed as a Turkish toilet system and The Netherlands is shown completely underwater.

The sculpture, commissioned by the Czech government, was supposed to feature the work of 27 different artists from across Europe, but Cerny admitted that he had completed the entire piece on his own and faked the names of the 26 other artists.

David Cerny writes about his motivations for the hoax on his Web site, saying that the depictions “show how difficult and fragmented Europe as a whole can seem.”

Radio Free Europe’s “Transmission” blog writes that reactions to the piece have been mixed, but that the Czech government is to blame given Cerny’s history of “subversive” pranks.

Blogger “Alexander” writes from London that the sculpture is “wonderful” and sheds light on the Czech perspective.

Another English blogger says that Britain was omitted entirely from the piece, and writes that media coverage has ranged from the amused to the indignant.

The “Fistful of Euros” blog writes that the piece is a funny collection of European stereotypes.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user ankatank under a Creative Commons license.

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This Piece is only “What-It-Is” …and if “What-It-Is” appears to detract from “What-It-Is-Not” then this could imply that “What-It-Is-Not” is still bringing a “rendering” of the “invisible” into “visibility” [by negation] …enough [as a potential subject for debate] to bring “What-Is-Not” into an open discussion of “What-It-[truly] Is” knowing that “What-It-Is” [by its own nature] can never subtract at all from the sum of its ‘true meanings’ [‘its Forms of Substance’] of Being…even by way of its [seemingly]absent “Pieces” being rendered into “What-It-Is” when ‘reduced’ [‘negated’ because ‘visibility’ implies ‘limitation’] to its “seen” [perceptually/intuitively understood] aspects in
a intellectually collective sum of totalities.


the artist’s ego knows no bounds! 26 other people have a place here for their works. He broke his contract


I am an artist myself, and I find the work funny, silly, satirical and ego deflating on an international level. Artists are not in large part politically correct! It falls to the artist to cause discomfort, anger, and general snickering, along with visual beauty and surprise.
David Cherny has handily accomplish all the above!
Lucy Degidon


If it was a commission the artist should have free rein. If the payer wanted something bland and something that will not have observers think, than put up something of their own creation like a big loaf of bread. Everyone responds to food. I am an artist and I think the sculpture is a gas-there is nothing obscene-Gee Rambrant shouldn’t have painted bums. It is not about the subject matter it is about the expression of the art by the artist to have an audience respond.They need to put their ego’s aside.

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