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Art Hoax Unites Europe in Displeasure
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Author:  salzberg [ Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:08 am ]
Post subject:  Art Hoax Unites Europe in Displeasure

Czech artist David Cerny, who once painted a Soviet tank bright pink, puts one over on all of Europe:

Why didn’t anyone realize right away that there was something seriously weird about the new piece of art in Brussels?

The piece, an enormous mosaic installed in the European Council building over the weekend, was meant to symbolize the glory of a unified Europe by reflecting something special about each country in the European Union.

But wait. Here is Bulgaria, represented as a series of crude, hole-in-the-floor toilets. Here is the Netherlands, subsumed by floods, with only a few minarets peeping out from the water. Luxembourg is depicted as a tiny lump of gold marked by a “for sale” sign, while five Lithuanian soldiers are apparently urinating on Russia.

More from the NY Times.

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