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Old 09-01-2008, 05:00 AM   #1
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A depiction of frogs in a modern art sculpture that would make Kermit blush has also been condemned by Pope Benedict XVI and labeled as blasphemous.



The 4-foot wooden artwork in question is a crucified green frog holding a beer mug in one hand and an egg in the other, Reuters reported.


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The board of the Museion Museum in Bolzano, Italy, met Thursday to decide whether to side with the pope and other "frog" critics,
or with those who say it should be recognized as a work of art.
They decided to keep it.
Late German artist Martin Kippenberger’s “Zuerst die Fuesse," (Feet First), depicts the frog in a loin cloth,
nailed to a cross through its hands,
with its tongue hanging out of its mouth.
"Surely this is not a work of art but a blashphemy and a disgusting piece of trash that upsets many people," Franz Pahl, president of the regional government who opposed the sculpture, read from a letter from the Vatican to Reuters.
The Vatican letter said that the work "wounds the religious sentiments of so many people who see in the cross the symbol of God's love."

Pahl was so offended by “Feet First" that he went on a hunger strike to demand its removal and had to be taken to hospital this summer.
The sculpture does have its supporters as well.
"Art must always be free and the artist should not have any restrictions on freedom of expression," Reuters quoted Claudio Strinati, a superintendent for Rome's state museums.
Kippenberger's work has been shown at the Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery in London and at the Venice Biennale, and retrospectives are planned in Los Angeles and New York, Reuters reported.

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This is utter and clear blasphemy in Marvman's opinion,
even though he aint as outraged as the Pope, or the Vatican.

But it still looks like a form of disrespect to a very religious symbol
of Christianity.

Oh yeah, freedom of expression and art and all that crap,
but when it depicts the way that Jesus died on the cross
as a......"drunked up frog"....it's just.....un-neccesary....

And just plain stuid...

Are there any other works of art, that just cause you to
shake your head in utter disbelief, and be revolted?

What do you think of this statue?


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Oh, and on a similar note,
HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYBODY.....

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Old 09-01-2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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Trying to see the humor in this but cannot. Artist must have been smokin some sweet grass when coming up with this crapola...
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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This is blasphemy.This is like making fun of religion and jesus but worst.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:58 PM   #4
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Yeah, this is messed up. Its making fun of a religion
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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It's ugly. They should have just thrown it out. Whether you consider it blasphemy or not, it isn't something you want to bring home to your mother. Seriously, what's with that egg-looking thing in his left hand?

I, personally, do not like it. Not only does it make fun of a religious icon, but the guy who made it could have at least tried harder.

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I'm kind of curious about the artist's intent. Too bad he's dead...
But otherwise, I think it IS a little blasphemous...

That really shouldn't make a difference when it comes to museums, though.
If the pope bans whatever art he doesn't like (he does the same with films most christians haven't even seen before hating their guts...) then that's censorship.

I think people have a right to free speech, especially in a public forum like a museum.
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:30 PM   #7
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Sorry if this offends anyone, but that is kinda funny.
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I wouldn't say it offends me, but it is wrong. But, the way our society is heading, I'm not the least bit suprised by it.
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Next you people will be saying the above picture isn't the slightest bit funny.
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