Entropa, a satirical sculpture made by David Černý (of pink tank fame) and commissioned by the Czech Republic, gives me hope. When it was unveiled yesterday in Brussels, the government realized that they had been duped. The sculpture portrays each of the 27 EU member states in the sort of way you might expect from Mad Magazine or Monty Python.

There might be hope for the EU. Events like these are a sort of litmus test. If they can laugh at their folly and let it stand as a document of modern history, certainly the EU government can improve. On the other hand, if they blubber and bluster and blow the thing down, count on a protracted cultural winter.

What does this flourish of politically relevant art portend?

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