The glorious missionary cross
"Today most of humanity lives crucified by poverty, hunger, water scarcity and unemployment. Crucified is also nature torn by industrial greed that refuses to accept limits. Crucified is the Mother Earth, exhausted to the point of losing her inner balance, evidenced by global warming. A religious and Christian gaze sees Christ himself present in all these crucifixes. On Good Friday he continues, but he does not have the last word. The resurrection, as an irruption of the new being, is the great response of the Father and the promise for all of us, to the ends of the earth". Leonardo Boff
In the great variety of devotional images that history and tradition have given us, the Cross or Crucifix continue to have wide diffusion and remain as the Christian religious object par excellence: purchased by devotees, pilgrims or simple tourists at the shops of religious items or those in the vicinity of churches or sanctuaries, and present in the vast majority of homes, constitute an important part of the more general devotional sector on display in Koinè.
The representation of the Crucifix, as unfortunately most devotional images, however, despite the innovative wind of the Second Vatican Council that has invested the Church also in its artistic expressions, has remained linked to iconographic models often no longer current. Koinè 2021, in tune with the missionary inspiration of Pope Francis, "I dream a missionary choice, capable of transforming everything", and with the pastoral plan of the Church in Vicenza, "Baptized and sent for the Life of the World", He considered it appropriate to create an exhibition dedicated to the Cross, interpreted through two perspectives: the missionary aspect that characterizes the contemporary Church and the aspect of the glorious Crucifix risen that is flanked by the life of believers
Through this exhibition we intend to gradually promote the adoption of contemporary artistic languages and sensibilities also in the realization (and dissemination) of images that not only enter into the ritual actions of the Church, but are linked to the particular feeling of devotion of the faithful.
Artists and Atelier
Atelier Progetto Arte Poli
Painter and creator of stained glass, mosaics and glass sculptures
Project Manager Ceron&Ceron
PADRE COSTANTINO RUGGERI
Fondazione Frate Sole
MEO CASTELLANO E PINO MASSARELLI
MDA - METALLI D'ARTE
After finishing his studies, Marcello Aversa started to support his father in his small factory of clay bricks for wood ovens. In the 80s, when the fascination for the Presepe Napoletano (Napolitan Nativity Scene) increased, he developped his interest, first creating different sets with the traditional technique and then molding really small clay figures. In 2001 he finally opened an Art Boutique in the historical city centre of Sorrento. During the last few years, he dedicated himself to the theme of the Crucifix, and his creations, the Christus Vincit and the Vita Semper Vincit, are now located respectively in the Sorrento Cathedral and in the Dome of Mirandola. Other pieces are displayed at the Great School of Saint Teodoro in Venice, at the Cathedral of Santo Spirito in Florence and at the Museum of Belenes de Molina in Spain.