Thursday, 28 August 2008

Crucified frog remains defiant

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Does everyone remember the crucified frog that interfered with the Pope's holiday earlier this summer? So much so, in fact, that the Vatican appealed to the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art, in northern Italy, not to display it at all.

Well, it turns out the museum, possibly because it's under the jurisdiction of the Italian government and not the Vatican, or possibly to protect artistic freedom, or possibly just because they didn't care what the Pope thought, have gone and declared that the sculpture will remain on display (although after some deliberation, it must be said).

The Vatican says the sculpture "wounds the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God's love", and according to local government official Franz Pahl, who went on hunger strike as a protest, it is "not a work of art but a blashphemy and a disgusting piece of trash that upsets many people". However, when I first reported on this a while back I was able to non-exclusively reveal how it actually represents the “state of profound crisis” of artist, and I'm now able to update this – it is in fact "a self-portrait illustrating human angst".

I think I must have missed that episode of the Muppet Show.

On second thoughts - We haven't had a poll on here in a while so let's have a quick one – What do you think about the sculpture of the crucified frog?
  • It's blashphemy - this is why we used to have the Inquisition
  • It's blasphemy - nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, but can't they take it down or something?
  • It's a self-portrait illustrating human angst
  • It looks like Kermit the Frog after a heavy weekend with Miss Piggy
Vote at the top right of this page.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

We all know that Jesus was the only person who was ever crucified in the whole of history, ever.

Everyone knows that.

Anonymous said...

I want to buy one to put next to my Buddy Christ and bleeding/blinking Jesus picture!

Anonymous said...

problem is, nobody will be killed (right?)if you do this on Christians in Italy... but if you do cartoons in Denmark...

Marco said...

re: only Jesus

I appreciate this ironic comment, although the slaves along the Via Appia between Brundisium and Rome (71 BC) may have begged to differ.