Activists Attempt to Paint David Černý’s Pink Tank Green

Activists Attempt to Paint David Černý’s Pink Tank Green

Czech artist David Černý’s iconcic pink tank was given the beginnings of a controversial new paint job on Saturday in Brno.

According to reports from Týdeník Policie, members of the Brno Military Club attempted to return the tank to its original color, saying “the tank is a symbol of liberation from fascism that the non-artist Černý desecrated.”

Černý gave the Soviet tank its rosy hue in 1991 and was later arrested for civil disobedience.

Once club members began to paint the tank, they were apprehended by the police and taken in for questioning.

According to a police spokesman, the tank suffered no significant damage; the paint has already been removed by the museum.

Last year on the 25th anniversary of the pink tank the artist told the Czech media:

“The end of the Bolsheviks was alleged then…we really thought it was over, and as you can see, [it’s] not finished.

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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