Art or blasphemy?

Pope Benedict outraged over sculpture of crucified frog — Geez, ignoring this sort of thing is a better thing to do.

A sculpture of a crucified green frog has the Pope seeing red.

Pope Benedict called the wooden sculpture, “Zuerst die Füsse,” which hangs in the Museion museum in Northern Italy, blasphemous. The work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger features a frog holding a beer mug and an egg, its tongue lolling out, nailed to the cross like Jesus Christ.

Museum officials had previously defended the piece, stating the artist considered it “a self-portrait illustrating human angst.”

Two years ago the museum, located in the town of Bolzano, was embroiled in another controversy, over a piece of art that featured a toilet flushing while the Italian national anthem played.

  1. Jägermeister says:

    #27 – Mister Ketchup

    The Catholic Church runs the rolling scheme… Once the kids starts to whine, they just move the priest to another district and in with a new one.

  2. pjakobs says:

    Ratzinger is an angry old man who never outgrew medieval times. I don’t wish bad things on many people, but he’s one that the world would be better off without. He’s a christan taliban.

    I’m ashamed he has the same nationality as I.


  3. Shubee says:

    #28 – The pope couldn’t possibly be outraged by hypocritical Christians, because he
    himself believed in Hitler and Hitler
    professed being a Christian

  4. Angel H. Wong says:

    In twenty years it will be considered art. Right now it’s just a tasteless beer figurine.

  5. OvenMaster says:

    Why is a German pope offended by a frog on a crucifix?

  6. Skippy says:

    #4, oh, I see, history has proven he existed, has it? Uh huh. Please provide your sources to back that up. Non biblical sources, of course. Also please prove that he had the powers the bible says he did.

  7. ECA says:

    its Kermit…

  8. Alf says:

    In response to:
    ># 37 ECA said, on August 28th,2008, 7:00 PM >Noooo..
    >its Kermit…

    Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?

  9. thinker says:

    #17 Spartacus…good one, 🙂 I’ll give you the Oscar Wilde Award for Wit on that.

    (wait a minute, you think of Spartacus when you see a cross??? ok. 🙂 )

  10. Kevitivity says:

    This piece sort of screams first year art student. What a cliche.

  11. Mr. Fusion says:

    #40, Kev,

    To me it screams cheap, tacky, beer promotion / home bar decoration.


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