On the occasion of the centenary of the famous Milanese school of arts for the liturgy, from December 9, 2021 to January 16, 2022, the Fondazione Stelline will host the exhibition La bellezza del sacro. Milano e la Scuola Beato Angelico 1921-2021 (The Beauty of the Sacred. Milan and the school “Beato Angelico” 1921-2021), curated by Jacopo Benedetti, Umberto Bordoni, Riccardo Cavallaro, Alessandro Nanni with Giovanni Chiaramonte.
Drawing on the extraordinary richness of the photographic archives of the School “Beato Angelico”, the exhibition - set up in the Quadriportico of the Fondazione Stelline – presents 40 photographs and descriptive texts and offers a narrative addressing the development of the relationship between the School and the civil and ecclesiastical context. In particular, it wants to offer visitors an overview of the aspects that in one hundred years have inextricably linked the institution to the city that hosts it.
The exhibition aims, in fact, to reflect and highlight the contribution offered by the School, during this hundred years of life, in particular to the city of Milan and to the Lombardy territory, indicating at the same time the lines for its renewed presence in the current city and international context.
Founded in Milan, the capital of Lombardy Region, in 1921 by Monsignor Giuseppe Polvara, the school “Beato Angelico” is the Italian expression of the liturgical movement and the dialogue between the Church and the arts: in these one hundred years of presence, in fact, it has built, restored, adapted and decorated hundreds of churches in Italy and abroad, training thousands of students including the photographer Gabriele Basilico, the film director Ermanno Olmi, the architect Mario Botta, the contemporary artists Marcello Chiarenza and Adrian Paci.
The exhibition wishes to document the development of craftsmanship and the birth of design for the production of liturgical furnishings; the commitment both to the design and construction of new churches and to the restoration and enhancement of ecclesiastical architectural heritage; the birth of the Beato Angelico Family and the work of restoration and enhancement of the basilica and oratory of San Pietro al Monte in Civate (Lecco); the work of national and international photographers who, through their work, have contributed to the development of the new visual identity of the magazine “Arte Cristiana”. Finally, the contribution that the birth of an Art School in Milan in the 1920s - where important institutions such as the Triennale and the Università Cattolica saw the light - offered to the city.
Starting from the years of Cardinals Schuster and Montini, in fact, the school “Beato Angelico” - today a Foundation of Worship linked to the Diocese of Milan and chaired by Monsignor Luca Bressan - participated in the modern development of Milan and the Lombardy region through the promotion of the formation and study of Christian art, the production of art for the liturgy and the restoration of the local heritage.
In this regard, it is worth mentioning the commitment of the Beato Angelico Family and the work carried out by the School at San Pietro al Monte, above Civate, a site awaiting recognition as "heritage of humanity" by UNESCO.
The birth of the School is to be inscribed within the broader phenomenon of the genesis and "genealogy" of the world of design in Lombardy, a topic that will be the subject of a special conference scheduled for 2022.
The Beauty of the Sacred. Milano and the school “Beato Angelico” 1921-2021 is part of the calendar of events organized for the 100th anniversary of the school “Beato Angelico”, including the concert "Musica e parole per il Centenario" (Music and Words for the Centenary) by Maestro Claudio Maria Cardani (December 13, 2021, 5:30 p.m., at the Church of the Transfiguration, Viale San Gimignano 19, Milan).
The exhibition is organized by the School Beato Angelico in collaboration with the Fondazione Stelline, with the contribution of the Lombardy Region, the patronage of the City of Milan and the support of Intesa Sanpaolo.
THE BEAUTY OF THE SACRED.
MILAN AND THE SCHOOL “BEATO ANGELICO” 1921-2021
curated by Jacopo Benedetti, Umberto Bordoni, Riccardo Cavallaro, Alessandro Nanni with Giovanni Chiaramonte
9 December 2021 - 16 January 2022
Free entrance, every day from 9 to 20
Fondazione Stelline, c.so Magenta 61, Milan
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Access is allowed only to visitors owning a valid EU digital covid certificate (Green Pass)