Kůň (David Černý Sculpture)


David Černý's wryly amusing counterpart to the equestrian statue of St Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square hangs in the middle of the Lucerna Palace shopping arcade. Here, St Wenceslas sits astride a horse that is decidedly dead. Černý never comments on the meaning of his works, but it’s safe to assume that this Wenceslas (Václav in Czech) is a reference to Václav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2013.

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