The Slovak National Party (SNS) says it is outraged by a sculpture that has been placed in the entrance hall of the European Council building in Brussels, said SNS vice-chair Anna Belousovová on January 14.
The piece, commissioned by the Czech presidency of the EU, is supposed to depict EU-member countries, the TASR newswire wrote. Slovakia appears to be wrapped up like a parcel with red, white and green string. According to Belousovová, the sculpture can't be called a piece of art simply because it has been put in such an important institution, but it can't be ignored either. "Especially because within EU states, Slovakia is portrayed in a humiliating way - like a salami with a Hungarian tricolour," she said.
The SNS says it views such a portrayal of Slovakia as a crude offence against the country and its people with a clear political background. "In the context of current Slovak-Hungarian relations, such an act, even though it is called artistic, is political provocation," she said. "SNS asks (Foreign Affairs) Minister Ján Kubiš to take action and send to the Czech Republic, which now holds the EU presidency, a note of protest requiring that the sculpture be removed, so that Slovakia's attitude towards this crudely-offensive lampoon can be made clear," said Belousovová.
The piece, called 'Entropy', was put together by Czech artist David Černý, and includes controversial portrayals of other EU countries. Germany, for example, is represented by a network of highways vaguely resembling a swastika. France appears to be on permanent strike, while Bulgaria is represented as a toilet. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Jan 2009 at 11:00