Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pope condemns crucified frog as blasphemous... logo

Italian museum board to decide future of Kippenberger artwork after official went on hunger strike

A sculpture in northern Italy depicting a crucified green frog holding a beer mug and an egg could be soon removed from display after Pope Benedict condemned it as blasphemous.

The board of the Museion museum in the city of Bolzano was meeting today to decide whether to comply with the wishes of the Pope and other opponents of the 1.3m (4ft) wooden sculpture, Reuters reported.

The work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger is called Zuerst die Füsse (Feet First). The frog with its tongue hanging out is wearing a green loin cloth and is nailed through the hands and feet on a brown cross in the manner of Jesus Christ.

To protest this blasphemy, please contact:

Bolzano Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Address: I-39100 Bolzano, via Sernesi 1, Bolzano, Italy
Phone: 0471 977116

Fax. 0471 312460 

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