January 14, 2009


Europeans being able to laugh at themselves? Perish the thought!

A new art installation to celebrate the Czech presidency of the EU at the Commission building in Brussels is causing some controversy, apparently, because it dares to play with European stereotypes.

You can see all Entropa artworks here [PDF, 5.7MB]. The assembled work of all entries looks a bit different from the individual artists' notes.

I quite like some of them, especially the Dutch Mosque minarets set in a drowned polder, Polish monks erecting the gay flag Iwo-Jima-style and Sweden portrayed as a flat pack purchase from Ikea.
Belgium is inevitably a yummy box of chocolates.

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