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Theological Notebook: Art at the 20th World Youth Day

One of the things I'm pleased to see on the docket for next week's World Youth Day in Cologne is an art exhibit that has been creatively arranged both in terms of theology as well as art. Along with everything else, I was forever trying to expose my students in Church History and the other high school classes I taught to the huge diversity of perspectives and insights available in the spiritualities expressed in Christianity's 20-century artist tradition. So I'm glad to see that not only is this incredibly human aspect of our lives not being passed over at the gathering, but in fact is is being done with style and richness. Here's the description from the official website of World Youth Day XX.

In collaboration with the Vatican Fondazione Gioventù Chiesa Speranza (Youth Church Hope Foundation) the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum – Fondation Corboud presents precious works of mainly Christian art from late antiquity to the 20th century. Among the lenders will be important private, ecclesiastical and public collections from throughout the world.

The exhibition illustrates the development and transformation of the image of Christ from different viewpoints. A chronological presentation was intentionally rejected since the aim is not a predictable sequence of arbitrarily chosen illustrations of Christ, but rather an exciting and illuminating display comparable to an essay. Prominent examples of modern art reflect the topics of the Old Masters wherever possible. The artistic dialogues thus created between masterworks by e.g. Fra Angelico, Leonrado, Michelangelo, El Greco, Rubens on the one hand and Beckmann, Corinth, Picasso, Beuys, Warhol on the other might be of special interest for the many young visitors expected.

After a bit of digging around, I was also pleased to find a pretty good online representation of the exhibit.
Tags: art, christology, historical, theological notebook

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