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Here is how Finland is portrayed in the controversial art exhibit organized by the Czech Presidency of the European Union. Stereotypes are Barriers to be DemolishedToday, the Czech Republic unveiled a modern art installation called 'Entropa' in the atrium ofthe Justus Lipsius builiding of the EU Council in Brussels. The installation will remain in itsstand-by mode until Thursday 15 January when it will 'start to live' in the full regime. Onthat occasion a press conference will be held in the Justus Lipsius building in the presence ofAlexandr Vondra, the Deputy Prime Minister for EU Affairs of the Czech Republic, and MilenaVicenová, the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the European Union,among others.Entropa is the joint work of 27 artists, each one from a different Member State. Each objectdepicts one Member State using common stereotypes or prejudices. The Presidencycommissioned the artists without any restrictions and they were free to create any objectthey liked.'Sculpture, and art more generally, can speak where words fail. In line with the CzechPresidency motto a 'Europe without Barriers', we gave the 27 artists the same opportunity toexpress themselves freely, as a proof that in today´s Europe there is no place forcensorship,' said Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra. 'In return we got an uncommon,yet common piece of art. I am confident in Europe´s open mind and capacity to appreciatesuch a project.''The freedom of art as an extension of the freedom of speech is the core value ofdemocracy,' said Milena Vicenová, the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic tothe European Union. 'There are many barriers to integration and cooperation in Europe.Stereotypes are such barriers. When we point out the stereotypes we begin demolishingthem. Making fun of prejudice destroys it most efficiently.'The Czech Presidencys motto a 'Europe without Barriers' expresses the dedication toremove remaining obstacles to cooperation between the EU Member States. In particularobstacles to the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital. The Presidencynotes that other barriers also hamper a fruitful cooperation between the European nations.The Czech government is renting Entropa until the 30 June 2009. The rental costs amount to€50,000. Other expenses, such as production costs, were to be borne by the creator, theCzech artist David Černý, born 15 December 1967 in Prague. His works can be seen in manylocations in Prague and elsewhere. He gained notoriety in 1991 by painting a Soviet tankthat served as a war memorial in central Prague pink. As the Monument to Soviet TankCrews was still a national cultural monument at that time, he was briefly arrested. Anotherof Černý's conspicuous contributions to Prague is his 'Tower Babies', a series of cast figuresof crawling infants attached to Žižkov Television Tower.It is a Presidency tradition to install a decoration in the Justus Lipsius building atrium for theduration of the Presidency.More on David Černý on