Entropa -- Europe shows it's true colors on Free Speech
It is amazing -- Europe shows it's true colors when a work of art offends other Europeans. There is not a peep about freedom of speech and the artist's independence. The Czech government, first time holder of the EU presidency buckles under pressure, makes the Artist pay back the money he was paid, and pledge not to demand any payment for the six months that Entropa is on lease to the Czech Government.
In the meantime it looks as if David Černý has pulled off what he had intended -- by demonstrating the prejudices and stereotypes, he has helped bring them to light -- very nice indeed.
P.s. As a non-European can someone explain some of the jokes to me? Why is (Slovakia wrapped as a Salami in Hungary's Tri-Color) funny or offensive? Elephants and Hypos in Finland? Are there really that many gay monks in Poland?