An exhibition, Entropa, at the European Union Council building in Brussels, by wacky Czech conceptual artist David Cerny has upset Bulgarians! And it depicts Poland as a bunch of crazy pro-gay monks! Ha, haagh…wheeze…!
The exhibit was meant to be by 27 different artists representing something about the 27 different cultures of the European Union. Brussels was pleased! And then the pieces were delivered. And they were a bit…hmmm.
You know…isn’t representing Germany with a “hint of a swastika”...
...Denmark as a series of Lego bricks (pfff!) Netherlands as a row of mosques sinking in a sea...
...and Bulgaria as one of those toilets with just enamel footplates to stand on and a hole in the floor...
...a little bit...you know...insulting?
"Entropa is an art piece, not a political statement. It is funny and ironic because sometimes you can use humour as a catharsis," Cerny said.
Ha, ha, haagh...giggle, snigger...
“It is a mirror in which you bend yourself and you smile and you think 'this is it'. No one should take it seriously."
Oooo, ha, ha...mirror...bend...ooooh...catharsis!...ha, ha...tickle...oh, stop it!
It has since emerged that there were no “27 artists”. The whole exhibit was produced by small team of wacky Czech artists. Oops! The EU art commissioner in Brussels must feel a little bit of a twit.
And those conceptual artist! Don’t you just love ’em! (I am sure Dada-ists are turning in their…toilet bowl installations, as I write.)
I don’t know which is sadder: the state of some contemporary art, which has to delve into crude stereotypes to get its kicks; or politicians like a Giertych, or a Kaczynski who provided, on an enamelled plate, the crude stereotype of Poland in the first place?
hat tip: radio journo Gabriel Stille
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Posted by beatroot at 1/15/2009