Caption: (Father bird) "My, my, what a job! To which one
give this little titbit?"
Iconological explanation: this picture is really rich in symbols.
The subject is, once more, the system of governmental subsidies.
The cuckoos are the Dutch orchestras, each doing their best to
push the others aside. There are two tiny cuckoos, representing
early music (the one that sings the Summer Canon, the earliest
piece of polyphonic music) and rock music ("pop" - from "popular"
- is the Dutch equivalent for "rock music")
Father Bird is Job (sic) de Ruyter, at the time chairman of the
Council of the Arts (Raad voor de Kunst), a board with an
important advisory function. Mother Bird is Hedy d'Ancona, at
the time secretary of the Arts & such. She wields the
kaasschaaf, a typically Dutch instrument for cutting
cheese in thin, even slices) - which has also become synonymous
for withdrawing a little bit of subsidy money from all parties
involved. Finally - but this is only for very perspicacious
, the curve of the worm is that of an "" - the symbol for the
Dutch guilder, which now has become obsolete with the
introduction of the "euro".
(Mother bird): "A small slice each, father; and by the way, I
think they've got tapeworm"