I guess Father Rungi is off the hook with his nun beauty pageant idea, it seems the Pope has bigger problems. A sculpture of a bright green frog nailed to a cross with a beer mug and an egg in it’s hands has caused quite a commotion in the mountains of Northern Italy. The sculpture is by the late German artist Martin Kippenberge and the locals are none too happy. The reason it seems is it is far too close to the Pope’s summer holiday house, plus it’s ugly. Local Catholics have deemed the little amphibian a “public obscenity” and want it taken out of the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art. Bless. The problem has created such a stir the Bishop of Bolzano and Bressanone, had no option but to discussed the sculpture with the Pope (love to have been a fly on the wall). Could it get any better ? You bet. The Union for South Tyrol, a separatist group, collected 10,000 signatures for a petition demanding the removal of the crucified froggy and Franz Pahl (the president of Trentino-Alto Adige regional council) has gone on a hunger strike in protest over the exhibit. If people only had this type of passion over war and famine!
Oh and if you think it’s the first time the Bolzano Museum has been in trouble, think again. About two years ago the Bolzano museum hit the headlines by displaying a work of art consisting of a toilet flushing to the accompaniment of Italy’s national anthem. See, in hind sight a beauty pageant for nuns wasn’t so bad!