Let’s Be Friends Again. Paolo VI and Artists

Let’s Be Friends Again. Paolo VI and Artists
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A look at Pope Paul VI’s affinity for contemporary art through fifty masterpieces created by artists that were his friends on display at the Galleria d’Arte Sacra dei Contemporanei in a historically significant exhibition. It was 1964 when the Pontiff, during an audience in the Sistine Chapel for artists only, asked a question of those present - “Shall we be friends again?”. An offer at rebuilding the dialogue - notably weakened for at least two centuries - between illustrious artists and the Church. On one hand, it was the Church, limiting itself to requesting tired imitations of models, canons and styles pilfered from ancient masters. On the other, artists were hungry to find new inspiration, far from the themes of Christianity. The tremor created by the Pope within the artistic research regarding sacred subjects can be found on display at the Galleria d’Arte Sacra dei Contemporanei with paintings, sculptures and drawings rarely displayed in public by artists such as Aldo Carpi, Francesco Messina, Trento Longaretti, Silvio Consadori, Floriano Bodini, Luigi Filocamo. Along with these are works on loan from the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Vatican Museums and the Paolo VI Collection - Contemporary Art of Concesio. At the GASC, founded in 1955 during his first mandate as Archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Battista Montini came into contact with a group of artists - from Angelo Biancini to Luigi Filocamo - committed to exploring sacred themes with the artistic languages of the 1900s.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano