- May 28, 2020
The Vatican Patrons are marking their 35th anniversary of serving as a link for American philanthropic support of the Vatican Museums.
China and the Vatican are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement.
Marco Balich, the artistic director for several past Olympics, is designing a multi-media show to bring the Vatican Museums to life for spectators. The multimedia presentation will feature a soundtrack by rock star Sting, and premier in Rome next year, and is expected to go on an international tour after it ends its stay in the Italian capital.
The Vatican Museums and the Vatican City governor’s office — which includes the gardeners — are involved in a five-year project to develop ecologically friendly cleaning agents and techniques to clean, restore and maintain the 570 works of art on display outside in the Vatican Gardens. Those works include fountains, statues and stone plaques.
Brooklyn artist James Raczkowski, who painted in March a 20.5 by 23 foot rendering of the ‘Creation of Adam’ along with two fellow artists in New York, finally got a chance to see the real deal when he visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums and looked up to its impressive vault painted by Michelangelo. An Iraqi war veteran, Raczkowski showed with his artistic pilgrimage that no matter how many centuries go by, the work of the Florentine master continues to be a source of inspiration for artists today.
An exhibit at the Vatican, called “Come in cielo cosi in terra” (“On earth as it is in heaven”), is the first-ever collaboration between the Vatican Museums and the Seoul archdiocese. It is also sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the South Korean embassy to the Holy See. The exhibit outlines, chronologically, the history of Catholicism in Korea from its start through the present time. It includes religious books and objects, as well as Korean religious art.