EU art ‘a success’ says minister

An art installation paid for by the European Union which features the Netherlands underwater with just a few minarets sticking out is ‘a very successful project,’ the Telegraaf quotes junior foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans as saying.

The work, which lampoons national stereotypes, has led to discussion and that is exactly what art should do, the minister was reported as saying.
The portrayal of the Netherlands is a ‘combination of its age-old fear of water and a new fear [Islam],’ Timmermans said.
Economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven was also not insulted by the sculpture, says the Telegraaf. But she thought the minarets were oil rigs, the paper says.

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