First the feet

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First the feet
Martin Kippenberger , 1990

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First the feet is a sculpture from 1990 by Martin Kippenberger . It depicts a crucified frog . He holds an egg in one of his limbs and a beer mug in another. There are five copies in different designs, both green or purple painted and unpainted and with different numbers and arrangement of the egg.


The sculpture is intended as an ironic self-portrait by Kippenberger. In the opinion of the Museion (Museum for modern and contemporary art in Bozen , South Tyrol ) it reflects the state of mind of the artist at the time after alcohol and drug withdrawal and has "nothing to do with religion."


The work of art caused numerous irritations; it was requested that it be removed from the Museion in Bolzano on the occasion of the Pope's visit in 2008 . Initiated by the Sunday newspaper Zett , there were interventions by numerous political circles and parts of the Catholic Church, as well as a heated discussion, including on the letters to the editor of the daily newspaper Dolomiten .

Pope Benedict XVI wrote to the President of the Regional Council , Franz Pahl , that the crucified frog hurts the religious feelings of many people. The Italian Minister of Culture Sandro Bondi expressed that common sense and common sense were also offended by the work of art. Regional Council President Franz Pahl went on a hunger strike.

Individual evidence

  1. Louise Beltzung, Solmaz Khorsand: Art scandal: Im Herrgottswinkel - A crucified frog cooked the people's soul in South Tyrol. A dentist in Innsbruck granted him asylum. Zeit Online, January 21, 2009
  2. The Cross with Art; Frosch stays - despite Pope's protest ,
  3. The frog of the offense ,
  4. The cross with the Kippenberger frog hangs it higher ,
  5. a b Both indirect statements taken literally from Eckhard Fuhr: Artificial frog on the cross angered the Pope of August 29, 2008
  6. Raphael Firsching: Kippenberger Froschkreuz no longer in the Museion. (accessed on March 30, 2012)

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