Culture - 2024

Davide Prosperi and Letizia Bardazzi, president of AIC

Culture: to be for Christ

CultureDavide Prosperi

Notes from the speech by Davide Prosperi, President of the Fraternity of CL, at the assembly of the Association of Italian Cultural Centers ((Milan, May 18, 2024)

One of the two exhibitions at Forum Paris

The bridges of Paris

CultureMartino Borello and Marta Montemerlo

The first edition of the Forum Paris, a ‘meeting’ that was born from the spark of the “prophecy for peace”, to the surprise of the Pope's greeting for the event. Art, dialogues on current events, and the desire to encounter everyone.

Fr. Luigi Giussani (Fraternità CL)

"My Niebuhr"

CultureElisa Buzzi*

Fr. Giussani's doctoral thesis dedicated to the American theologian. An opportunity to empathize with his vibrant ecumenical passion, and with that "Christian realism" that marked his thought. From the May issue of Tracce.

Ian Knowles' icon of 'Our Lady who brings down walls' in Bethlehem (Catholic Press Photo)

Our Lady of the wall

CultureAnna Leonardi

The Virgin who suffers for all, painted on a corner of the dividing wall in Bethlehem, where, for years, the Rosary has been recited every Friday. The work's author, iconographer Ian Knowles, speaks about it in the May issues of Tracce.

Installation by the duo Claire Fontaine. Pavilion of the Holy See 60th International Art Exhibition - Venice Biennale  "With my eyes," installation view. Photo: Marco Cremascoli

Biennale: You cannot escape from beauty

CultureLuca Fiore

The Holy See pavilion, "With My Own Eyes," opens in Venice. A human and artistic journey through the Giudecca Women's Prison, born from the encounter between several great artists and the female inmates.

Claude Monet, “Impression. Soleil Levant", 1872

Impressionists: The "gang" that captures the moment

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

The artistic movement of Manet, Monet, Cézanne and Renoir turns 150 years old. From the exhibition on the Boulevard de Capucines in Paris to painting gatherings "en plein air" in Argenteuil. A brief history of a revolution made up of awe and color.

Duccio di Buoninsegna (1260 ca.-1318), Maestà, cymantium: ''The Appearance of Christ behind closed doors'' (detail)

He stood among his own

CultureAlessandro Rovetta

Jesus bursts into the closed room overcoming the apostles' fear: this is how Duccio di Buoninsegna depicts the Risen One. From the "Maestà" of Siena Cathedral, the image on the CL Easter poster.

Amets Arzallus Antia (NY Encounter)

"In my book, the pain I encountered"

CultureTommaso Baronio

The Pope had recommended his book Little Brother, dedicated to the drama of migrants. Amets Arzallus Antia was among the speakers at the recent New York Encounter. We interviewed him.

The national pavilions in the Gardens of the Biennale during the 2018 architecture event (Ansa/Andrea Merola)

Venice: Francis’ 'attempt' at the Biennale

CultureLuca Fiore

'Making peace' and reconciling with the contemporary art world. A path that the Holy See took more than fifty years ago with Paul VI, and which will take Pope Francis to the Lagoon on April 26.

A collage made by Stevens for his latest album, 'Javelin' (Photo: © Courtesy Sufjan Stevens)

Sufjan Stevens: An angel with a banjo

CultureLuca Fiore

In his songs he quotes Flannery O'Connor, he is a believer but does not want to "impose a religious content on anything I do" because the important thing is that "faith lives." A portrait of a great uncategorizable American singer-songwriter.

Paul Cézanne, "Apples", 1878-79. Metropolitan Museum, New York

Indestructible, stubborn presence

CultureGiuseppe Frangi

Still lifes, but which enclose the hand of the Creator in their 'being'. Giovanni Testori's "Two apples" and the deep connection with the works of Cézanne and Giacometti.