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Spanish artist fights for Franco punching ball

(ÂA visitor photographs an artwork entitled "Forever Franco" by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, featuring a figure of Spain's former dictator Francisco Franco inside a refrigerator, at the ARCO art fair in Madrid February 15, 2012. The contemporary art fair runs from February 15-19 and will feature works from 150 galleries from 30 different countries with the Netherlands as the invited country. (REUTERS/Andrea Comas)

Spanish artist Eugenio Merino

Yahoo NewsDecember 29, 2013

First, he stuffed Spanish dictator Francisco Franco into a fridge. Now, he has transformed Franco's head into a punching ball.

Not surprisingly, 36-year-old Spanish artist Eugenio Merino's headline-grabbing works have won few fans among the late dictator's admirers.

Indeed, the National Francisco Franco Foundation, which sued unsuccessfully over Merino's earlier Franco-in-a-fridge sculpture, is taking him back to a court in Madrid in outrage over his latest work, "Punching Franco". (AFP)