Sociocritical cribs

Peace crip(1985)

This artist breaks new ground with this extraordinary work of a social-critical crib.

The crib is no longer the soothing vision of a child bedded on straw, but a socio-critical portrayal that creates a complete picture of our way of life today. This work raises questions and forces the viewer to reflect. It presents different elements related to the capitalist system. This work is over 25 years old and today unfortunately more topical than ever!

The scourges of our society take shape in the various figures.  

On the left side:

The worker is in a bad mood and depressed because he has been dismissed.

The torn family:

The children wander around in nowhere, they are neither inside nor outside. They feel left alone, because their parents separate. The mother only has strolling and shopping in mind, and the father seems to be stressed by his work and the need to earn money at any price.

On the right:

The third world, poverty:

The sitting lady is a mother who has lost her child because she did not have the money to feed it.

The man with the cigar must have everything, he destroys the emerald green forests and knows no scruples. He tramples on each other to succeed. For him only money counts. That is pure greed for power.

In the middle:


It is present in this manger and offers the prospect of a more peaceful future. The tree stumps, sources of new life, remind us of our origins: the earth!

The cultural mixture:

We are all brothers who came from the same family. The children - of different ethnic groups and from different countries - have all come together to play with a snake.

Donkey: Why a snake? This animal stands for evil, doesn't it?   Ox: Right, but here evil has no more power! The children are free to play with the snake without any worries, as the prophet Isaiah said:
"The infant will play with the patterned viper, grasp the little child with his hand into the hole of the otter."

(11- 8).

Jesus Christ is born and his Father, Joseph, frees the world. He removes the barbed wires of the earth, he frees them from evil. Joseph stands for all fathers who would have to change the world to protect their family.   Marie Therese JUNG, Mönchengladbach (D) Figures made of synthetic wax, different fabrics

The dream of the angels

Another atypical crib denounces the exaggerated armament.
"The dream of the angels".

Here, too, the artist, Berta Kals from Aachen, who unfortunately died, tries to convey a message and does not limit herself to a simple observation. In the dream of the angels, weapons become musical instruments that intonate a heavenly melody. The written text by the artist's husband complements the ensemble and invites the viewer to reflect on Christmas, the symbol of peace.

The rockets SS and Pershing-2 become, in the dream of the angels, a bench for the mother and a cradle for the divine child. The rifles, in the dream of the angels, become flutes and children's toys. The tanks, in the dream of the angels, become organs on which one can play Bach's fugues. The cannons, in the dream of the angels, become violoncellos on which one plays pieces of music. The patron belts, in the dream of the angels, become panpipes. The grenades, in the dream of the angels, become oboes whose romantic melodies go to the heart. The rockets, in the dream of the angels, become harps that make their love songs sound." The nativity scene actually dates back to the Cold War, but when you consider the countless warlike conflicts that take place today and the billions of euros spent on weapons, it has unfortunately lost none of its topicality.