Cerni Announces Official Date of Entropa Dismantle

Bulgaria in EU | May 7, 2009, Thursday // 15:19|  views

The Entropa exhibit spurred an international scandal as the Bulgarian institutions reacted over Bulgaria's depiction as a squat toilet, leading to the country’s image being covered with a black cloth. Photo by BGNES

The Czech artist, David Cerny, confirmed he would begin dismantling his Entropa piece on Monday, May 11.

Cerni made the decision to remove Entropa ahead of schedule over political changes in his homeland. The piece was to remain in the lobby of the European Council building in Brussels until June 30 when the Czech European Union (EU) Presidency would end.

Cerny, however, is taking down the sculpture in protest against the removal of the government of the former Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek, and its substitution by a team of "pirates", as he himself called the new Czech Ministers.

The art piece, depicting stereotypes about the 27 EU Member States and presenting Bulgaria as a squat toilet, spurred a scandal on the old continent and even sent the shockwaves across the Atlantic.

Bulgaria logged an official complaint and the toilet was covered with black cloth.

Cerni apologized for misleading his government by presenting Entropa as the work of different EU artists, each presenting their own country. He later returned the money he was paid for creating the display after it was revealed that he had authored the piece by himself.

The artist, who is the sole owner of Entropa, said that he had no potential buyers for the art piece.


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