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Juncker 'Hello Dictator' artwork on display at EU Council
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Juncker 'Hello Dictator' artwork on display at EU Council

2 min. 14.07.2015 From our online archive
A sketch by Luxembourg artist Filip Markiewicz, inspired by Jean-Claude Juncker's “Hello Dictator” moment earlier this year, is on display at the EU Council's Brussels building during the Grand Duchy's presidency.

(CS) A sketch by Luxembourg artist Filip Markiewicz, inspired by Jean-Claude Juncker's “Hello Dictator” moment earlier this year, is on display at the EU Council's Brussels building during the Grand Duchy's presidency.

The drawing features former Luxembourg Prime Minister and current European Commission President Juncker in a number of poses pulled from a video showing the arrival of guests at a May EU summit in Riga.

Juncker made headlines after greeting Hungary's PM with the words “Hello Dictator”, which a spokesperson later defended as part of Juncker's laid-back style.

The incident was picked up by French satirical TV show “Le Petit Journal”, which crowned Juncker its “WTF” superstar. 

Markiewicz currently represents Luxembourg at the Venice Biennale art festival with his show “Paradiso Lussemburgo”, exploring Luxembourg identity, its image, the country's historic development and its role in the EU.

Often called a fiscal paradise, Markiewicz, who is of Polish origin, explores what paradise is, what “Paradiso Lussemburgo” is or could be and whether Luxembourg has something to apologise for. 

The Luxembourg pavilion at the Ca' Del Duca is open until November 22.

Showcase of Luxembourg

Markiewicz's art also features as part of an exhibition at the EU Council's Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, currently showcasing Luxembourg during its presidency. 

The artist explained to wort.lu/en that there had been some debate whether the "Hello Dictator" drawing would be displayed, but showed himself content with the decision to show it.

"Six months ago the whole world was shouting 'Je Suis Charlie' and now we ask the question whether we have the right to show a drawing or not," Mariewicz added. "It's even a kind of hypocrisy to know that there are forms of soft dictatorship in the European Union and that we cannot express them."

Markiewicz went on to explain that he thinks the EU "needs a cultural identity and  also has to accept this type of expression without taking itself too seriously."

He commented: "I am delighted that Luxembourg during its presidency of the Council of the European Union can show its sense of humour, so well embodied by Jean-Claude Juncker."

Designed as a "cabinet of curiosities", the exhibition explores not only the local art scene but also international projects such as emergency.lu, important historic personalities, regional food, the local language and more.

Among the collage-style line-up, “Luxemburger Wort” Brussels correspondent Diego Velazquez spotted the “Hello Dictator” drawing.

The exhibition is in an area reserved for diplomats and politicians.