“Spirito Creatore” at theMuseo del Duomo opens 500th AnniversaryCelebration
Maggio 10, 2017– Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality announces the opening ofSpirito Creatore, an exhibition of contemporary sacred art bySusan Kanaga, an American Protestant woman (Orleans, Cape Cod), e Filippo Rossi,an Italian Catholic man (Firenze, Italia), at the newly openedIl Grande Museo del Duomo, (Florence Cathedral Museum) in Florence, Italia.
The opening of theSpirito Creatoreexhibit is the inaugural event of the International Symposium, Le Arti e Ecumenismo: What Theology Risks in Artistic Creation,celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Monte Tabor Centro,together with theInstitut Supérieur de Théologie et Art of the Institut Catholique de Paris, il Faculté de Théologie Protestante of the Université de Strasbourg, il Opera di Santa Maria del Fioreand theFacoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale (Firenze), il Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and theLa Community of Jesusis presenting this international symposium with events in Paris, Strasburgo, Firenze (Maggio), and New Haven, CT and Orleans, MA (Ottobre).
The symposium will discuss Catholic and Protestant approaches to the arts through history, theology, liturgical contexts, and post-Vatican II developments, with specific references to areas of exchange between American and European viewpoints. Speakers include: Timothy Verdon, William Dyrness, Ben Quash, Jerome Cottin, and many others.
The exhibit will be on display in Florence from May 10 – June 11, and then will travel toCape Codwhere it will be displayed at the Community of Jesus in Orleans in October 2017. In addition to exhibitions in Florence and Cape Cod, this monumental installation will be presented in Paris, Strasburgo, and New Haven via video. (https://youtu.be/75vx6rL1Q8o)
This monumental installation, inspired by the New Testament account of Pentecost and entitled “Spirito Creatore,” refers to God’s creating of the world and breathing life into human beings; the Spirit who hovered over the primordial waters and covered the Virgin Mary with his shadow; the Spirit poured out by the resurrected Savior who redeemed humanity by his cross.The same Spirit works in the artists, enabling them to communicate through beauty. United by their faith in Christ, both artists are interested in the power of color and materials beyond literal representation — an abstraction rich in iconic suggestion, able to accompany deep listening to God’s Word.