Interesting tidbits from Europe:
An art museum in northern Italy won’t remove a sculpture of a crucified frog, despite protests from Pope Benedict XVI and others.
But the Museion in the city of Bolzano is standing by the work by the late German artist Martin Kippenberger.
From the AP:
The 1990 wooden sculpture shows the crucified frog nailed through the feet and hands like Jesus Christ. The frog, eyes popping and tongue sticking out, wears a loincloth and holds a mug of beer and an egg in its hands.
The museum said the 3-foot (1-meter) -tall sculpture has nothing to do with religion, but is an ironic self-portrait of the artist and an expression of his angst.
“With humor and a tragicomic sense, which belongs to art since the times of Greek tragedy, Kippenberger … faces his condition of suffering, which he expresses in many works, also, for example, in a video in which he crucifies himself,” the museum said in a statement.
Also, a group of pagans in Athens, Greece, said today they would hold a protest prayer Sunday among the ruined Acropolis temples.
A group called Ellinais is campaigning to revive ancient religion, according to the AP, and will defy government bans on holding prayers at the ancient temples.
The group is angry that hundreds of sculptural masterpieces were removed last year from a small museum n the Acropolis.
Frog photo: Othmar Seehauser, AP