|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Wednesday, August 24, 2016
|Czech artist David Cerny gives President Milos Zeman massive one-finger salute|
This picture taken on October 21, 2013 shows the giant purple middle finger sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny on Vltava River in front of Prague's castle. This artwork installed today, four days before the Czech early general election, on the Vltava River is adressed to Czech president Milos Zeman who's residency is at Prague Castle (in background). AFP PHOTO /MICHAL CIZEK.
PRAGUE (AFP).- A Prague artist has given Czech President Milos Zeman the finger -- a huge purple one floating on the river -- to protest against his soft spot for old-school Communists just days before a snap election.
"It's a middle-fingered salute at the fucking Communist shits in (Prague) Castle," outspoken artist David Cerny told local media on Tuesday.
Floating on a barge on the Vltava river in Prague's historic centre, the 10-metre-high (33-foot-high) purple sculpture of a fist with a long protruding middle finger is aimed right at Zeman's presidential headquarters in Prague Castle.
Cerny is known for his hatred of the Communists, who ruled the former Czechoslovakia in 1948-1989 and are poised to regain some of their power in the two-day election ending on Saturday.
While the Social Democrats (CSSD) are likely to win, they will almost certainly have to rely on Communists -- some with Stalinist sympathies -- to govern.
This would make the far-left a power broker for the first time since the Velvet Revolution brought down totalitarianism here over two decades ago.
Zeman, himself an ex-Communist, became the first directly-elected Czech president in January this year.
He accepts the prospect of Communists resurfacing in the political arena, but it has outraged Czechs who openly defied the former regime.
"It's a political protest against the president and against his party running in the elections," Prague pensioner Miloslav Heller told AFP, admiring the sculpture.
The centre-right government of Petr Necas came crashing down over a bribery and spy scandal in June, paving the way for the snap election.
No stranger to controversy, the artist Cerny gained notoriety in 2009 with his Entropa artwork mocking Europe at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels during the Czech EU presidency.
© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse
October 23, 2013
Städel Museum opens exhibition by the most important artist of the German Renaissance
Art thief Radu Dogaru says robbery was too easy, threatens to sue Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam
Archaeological dig outside of Cairo unearths 4,000 year old tomb of doctor to pharaohs
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus presents the entire set of Gerhard Richter's ATLAS
China centuries-old Buddhist temple fresco 'restored' with cartoon-like paintings
Turner Prize exhibition opens in Derry-Londonderry, Uk City of Culture 2013 in partnership with Tate
Czech artist David Cerny gives President Milos Zeman massive one-finger salute
First exhibition to explore the origins, motives and methods of Pop Art Design opens in London
Museo Picasso Málaga presents, for the first time in Spain, the unique work of Hilma af Klint
Unique, expressive and disturbing: Goya's famous "Caprichos" for sale at Ketterer Kunst
Rare works by Alfred Munnings and John Millar feature in Bonhams East Anglian Art Auction
British Museum resolves a case of spoliation concerning a drawing in the style of George Pencz
Exhibition dedicated to the representation of the horizon in art opens at The Fundació Joan Miró
Who knows where the time goes: Gonzalo Lebrija exhibits at Faggionato Gallery
Exhibition at Accola Griefen Gallery features collaborative performance rituals by Mary Beth Edelson
FotoEvidence published Black Tsunami: Japan 2011 - Photographs by James Whitlow Delano
India diggers find artefacts after holy man's treasure tip
Guggenheim Museum presents recent additions to the collection in Lasting Images
Scottish National Portrait Gallery installs new monumental sculpture above main entrance
Johannes Vermeer Award 2013 goes to Rem Koolhaas
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Goya's Black Paintings reveal their secrets 200 years later
2.- 500-year-old German engraving by Albrecht Durer surfaces at French flea market
3.- X-ray flourescence and image processing unmask the woman Degas painted over
4.- Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia
5.- Dali and Lempicka paintings stolen from museum 'found after seven years'
6.- Japan exhibition mourns fading sex culture
7.- Steven and Ann Ames collection to lead Sotheby's New York sales this November
8.- Ancient Australian flesh-eating marsupial discovered
9.- Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia
10.- David Huddleston, 'The Big Lebowski,' dies at 85
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.