Homage of the Artists to Benedict XVI
Vatican, May 15, 2011
The Tribute of the Artists to the Pope for the 60th Anniversary of His Priestly Ordination will be held in the Atrium of the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican (Hall of Audiences), and will be inaugurated by the Holy Father at 11am on Monday 4th July 2011. On that occasion, reserved only for invited artists, he will address those present with his speech and then greet each artist, taking a look at each one's work. In the afternoon, instead, the public inauguration will be held.
Monday, July 4, 2011 -Introduction of the exhibition 'The splendor of truth, the beauty of charity'. Benedict XVI visits the 60 stands one by one. Sixty artists for as many years of priesthood. It is the homage of the world of culture to Benedict XVI, who celebrated his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination last Wednesday. To promote it is the Pontifical Council for Culture, through the exhibition entitled "The splendor of truth, the beauty of charity", which the Pope inaugurated this morning in the hall of the Paul VI Hall. The meeting was introduced by an execution of the Our Father on the piano by Maestro Arvo Part and closed by the transmission of a film by the director Pupi Avati. Benedict XVI then stopped near the stands, one for each signature, and dialogued with the authors. Aided by the common German language, she spoke at length with the Austrian photographer Claudia Henzler, who in five black and white shots immortalized the drama and the hope of the Haitian populations after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The meeting with the artists of the November 21, 2009 in the Sistine Chapel was recalled by card. Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, in his free address. The cardinal put the accent on the renewed meeting of the Pope with the artists for such a happy occasion as the 60th anniversary of priesthood: "This is how today 60 artists, representatives of all the iridescences of the arts, have returned before her. of cultures and peoples, each with a gift created by their minds and their hearts ". This afternoon, inauguration by invitations to the institutions, and tomorrow, access for all, free and free, from 10 to 19, from Monday to Saturday, until September 4.
PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION "THE SPLENDOR OF THE TRUTH, THE BEAUTY OF CHARITY - HOMEPAGE OF THE ARTISTS TO BENEDICT XVI FOR THE 60TH OF PRIESTHOOD", 17.06.2011
LIST OF INVITED ARTISTS WHO HAVE ADHERED TO THE INITIATIVE
At 11.30 today, in the John Paul II Hall of the Holy See Press Office, there will be a press conference to present the exhibition "The splendor of truth, the beauty of charity - Homage of the Artists to Benedict XVI for the 60th anniversary of Priesthood". The exhibition will be hosted in the Atrium of the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican from 5 July to 4 September 2011 and will be inaugurated by the Holy Father on 4 July.
Speakers at the Press Conference include Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Msgr. Pasquale Iacobone, Head of the Department of Art and Faith of the same Dicastery.
We publish below a note on the event and a list of invited artists who have joined the initiative:
On June 29th the Holy Father Benedict XVI will celebrate the 60th anniversary of His priestly ordination. For this happy anniversary, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, in the wake of the memorable meeting of the Supreme Pontiff with the Artists of 21 November 2009 in the Sistine Chapel, promoted a Homage to the Pope by 60 Artists of international standing and belonging to the different artistic categories (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, literature and poetry, music, cinema, goldsmith). The list of artists who have joined the Cardinal's invitation is attached.
The Exhibition will be inaugurated by the Holy Father, who will personally receive the homage of the Artists and address them to him. This event will be held in the Atrium of the Paul VI Hall (Audience Hall), in the Vatican, on the morning of Monday, July 4, and is strictly reserved to the artists involved. In the afternoon of the same day, the Public Inauguration of the Exhibition will be held, which can only be accessed by invitation. The exhibition will be open and open from 5 July to 4 September 2011, from Monday to Saturday (10 am - 7 pm).
It should be stressed the extraordinary nature and importance of the event, promoted to celebrate the significant anniversary of the Pope, who had greeted the Artists at the end of the Sistine meeting, just with a "Goodbye!".
The relevance of this occasion is also given by the significance that it assumes for the dialogue between the Church and the artists, as well as by the presence at the same time of artists of clear fame and belonging to the different areas of expression, who try their hand at a great theme. depth and spiritual value, in which the reasons dear to the Pontiff are reflected.