Prague, Czech Republic – Czech artist and sculptor David Černý was barred last week from entering a plane in Prague, local media reported.
According to reports, David Černý was due to fly from Prague to Brussels on Saturday to deliver a speech, the following day, at the event ‘Revolution is Not a Garden Party’, commemorating the collapse of the communist regime thirty years ago and reflecting on the legacy of activists and artists who were involved in the 1989 revolutions.
But right before boarding the plane, Černý was barred from entering the plane and later told journalists that the flight’s air crew tore up his ticket.
He further said on his Facebook page that he wasn’t given any explanation by the flight personnel, who acted “arbitrarily and arrogantly”, and was told “my escort could fly, but not me, because the pilot dislikes me”.
A spokesperson for Brussels Airlines later confirmed to the Czech News Agency “that a passenger was not let in for the flight from Prague to Brussels of the Brussels Airlines SN2810”, although giving another version of the story.
“The passenger in question was under the influence of alcohol. He was not allowed to board the plane for security reasons”.
Černý denied he was inebriated and said he had stopped drinking for one year and a half. To prove so, he took a breathalyzer test, that turned out negative, at the Prague-Motol hospital right after the incident.
One of the most renowned contemporary Czech artists, David Černý, 51, is the author of dozens of controversial statues and sculptures scattered around Prague and the Czech Republic.
Some of his most famous and divisive works of art include the pink Red Army tank in Brno, which first made him famous in the early 1990’s, and the so-called ‘Zizkov babies’, sculptures of faceless and notoriously creepy babies appearing to “go up and down” the TV tower in Prague’s Zizkov district.