Surprise: New Pope Doesn’t Like Contemporary Art

March 14, 2013 | Eugene Reznik

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I (Pope Fanny?) hates all of the things we expect him to hate — gay marriage, smiling (allegedly), and the rights of contemporary artists, Artlyst points out.

In 2004, he denounced Argentinian-born artist León Ferrari’s exhibition in Buenos Aires as “blasphemous,” and called for it to be closed down. It featured images of Jesus, Virgin Mary and other saints in a blender, frying pan, meat grinder, etc.

This prompted “furious attacks” from a mob of Catholic fanatics which ended in damage to a number of the works and injury to a gallery-goer. A judge ordered the city government to close the exhibition early because it “wounded the sensibilities of Christians.”

Shortly after, an exhibition by Roque Fraticell in Córdoba, Argentina was canceled in anticipation of the same when the artist began receiving death threats. A third gallery in the Argentine capital featuring an installation by María Belén Lagar had it’s windows shattered, too.

All this over what could have been a misinterpretation by his followers. After all, maybe the new Pope was just being a harsh art critic then, a bit of a h8r. Maybe by “blasphemous” he really meant “booooooring… seen it… in the ’80s.” It’s not like Ferrari pickled Jesus in his own piss.