via Christopher Knight for the LA Times

Austria Today, an online business-oriented daily, reports today that Pope Benedict XVI has condemned as blasphemous a sculpture of a crucified frog being shown in an Italian museum. A version of the work is also on view in Los Angeles, in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s newly opened retrospective of Martin Kippenberger, the late German artist who made it.

The brief article in the Internet daily, which is a pay-per-view site, reports:

“In a letter written last month, Pope Benedict said that the sculpture ‘injured the religious feelings of many people who see in the Cross the symbol of the love of God and of our salvation, which deserves recognition and religious devotion.'”

The museum, however, insists that the work is a self-portrait of the artist “in a state of profound crisis” and is not an attack on religion.

Curators of the Museion, a modern and contemporary art museum in Bolzano, Italy, reportedly plan to remove the work, which is on loan from an Austrian private collector.

Meg Onli

Meg Onli is a visual artist and blogger born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Meg moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2005 where she received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been with the Chicago-based art and culture podcast/blog Bad at Sports since 2006 where she is currently the Associate Producer. She has an unfathomable apatite for documentary films, 60s & 70s performance art, and cute cats. Meg has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. Currently, she is working on a project that documents her steps in recording Motwon’s first girl group sensation, the Marvelettes, version of “Where did Our Love Go?”

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