Holy Ribbiting Art!
ROME - An Italian museum on Thursday defied Pope Benedict and refused to remove a modern art sculpture portraying a crucified green frog holding a beer mug and an egg that the Vatican had condemned as blasphemous.
The board of the Museion museum in the northern city of Bolzano decided by a majority vote that the frog was a work of art and would stay in place for the remainder of an exhibition.
The wooden sculpture by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger depicts a frog about 130 centimetres high nailed to brown cross and holding a beer mug in one outstretched hand and an egg in another.
Franz Pahl, president of the Bolzano regional government, "whose province is heavily Catholic, was so outraged by the sculpture of the pop-eyed amphibian that he went on a hunger strike to demand its removal and had to be taken to hospital during the summer." Even stranger is the beer mug and egg the frog is holding. What's with that?
How far should we take the freedom of expression in Art?