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Thursday, August 28, 2008


How anyone could take this seriously is totally beyond me. From today's New York Daily News:

Pope Benedict Outraged Over Sculpture of Crucified Frog

'Zuerst die Füsse,' translated as 'Feet First,' by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger

Thursday, August 28th 2008, 10:08 AM

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.

The museum's board is meeting Thursday on whether to take down the controversial piece of art, Reuters reported.

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

That explanation didn't sit well with the Pope and other critics.

"Surely this is not a work of art but a blasphemy and a disgusting piece of trash that upsets many people," Franz Pahl, president of the regional government who opposed the sculpture, told Reuters.

The Pope had sent a letter of support to Pahl's campaign to pressure the museum to remove the "crucifrog."

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.


Jared said...

Well it is blasphemy towards Jesus so I'm not surprised the Head Jesus Guy is offended. That's his job. People always mind when you blaspheme their own god. It's only okay to blaspheme other people's gods.

Anonymous said...

In a world where "God's appointed representives" rape children, wage wars and commit daily acts of terrorism in the names of their various faiths, a crucified frog seems to be the perfect religious statement... aside, of course, from the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Mzilla said...

Ex Hitler Youth Pope on who's watch the church pedophile scandal exploded needs to take a hard look at his priorities.

John Bligh said...

I, for one, will worship Crucifix Frog from here on out. Fuck all other false religions!

Jim Browski said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I remember my Bible fantasy (err I mean History) Jesus was not the only person ever crucified.

Perhaps the artist was actually mocking Spartacus...makes you wonder, eh?