Bulgaria toilet art (sculpture)

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Date: 2009

Region: Europe

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Sculpture


Artist: David Cerny (b. 1967) and two associates

Confronting Bodies: Bulgarian Government

Date of Action: January 2009

Location: Brussels, European Council building

Description of Artwork: An eight-tonne mosaic resembling a snap-out plastic modelling kit, showing Bulgaria as a series of squat toilets. This is part of an installation called Entropa, commissioned by the Czech Republic, which lampoons stereotypes of the EU's 27 members.

The Incident: Entropa, commissioned by the Czech Republic to adorn EU headquarters in Brussels, caused a sensation, and some embarrassment, across Europe. The work lampoons stereotypes of the EU's 27 members - David Cerny's depiction of Bulgaria was that of several squat toilets. Bulgaria issued a formal protest.

Results of Incident: The Czech government and the artist apologized and shrouded the artwork in a black sheet. The installation remained on display in the lobby of the European Council building until July, 2009 - for the duration of the Czech EU presidency.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7840187.stm