Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo: once again witness to art’s mission of dialogue

24 October 2018

Two years on from 21 October 2016, when the notes of the Chinese Guangzhou Opera House Orchestra resounded for the first time, the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo will once more become, on Wednesday 24 October, the symbolic and special backdrop for another significant musical event which, in the name of art and the unifying power of Beauty, forms part of the process of opening and dialogue already undertaken by the Vatican Museums with various Chinese cultural entities.

This time it will be a concert of operatic works, entitled “Mater: la Bellezza ci unisce” (Mater: Beauty unites us) evoking the imaginary embrace between distant peoples, and the vibrant voices of the tenor Cristian Ricci and the Chinese soprano Ma Fei will lift up hearts to promote trustful mutual listening.

The initiative is the result of collaboration between the Governorate of Vatican City State and the Culture&brand Research Group of the organization Chinese Attendees of Academic Exchange on Religion and Culture.

Homage of the Vatican Museums to Paul VI on the occasion of his canonization

12 October – 5 November 2018
Collection of Contemporary Art, Vatican Museums

To pay homage to Pope Montini in the month of his canonization, which occurs officially on 14 October, the Vatican Museums will hold a symbolic exhibition event in the spaces that house the art collection – now known as the Collection of Contemporary Art – which was conceived by Paul VI himself and which he strongly desired and supported during the years of his papacy.

Paolo VI il giorno dell’inaugurazione della Collezione con Kengiro Azuma e la famiglia Foto © Servizio Fotografico L’Osservatore Romano

The Artist is Prophet and Poet” is the title chosen for this intimate but dutiful photographic tribute by the Pope’s Museums, and it is a citation from the speech given by the Brescia-born Pontiff on 1973 to mark the inauguration of the new Collection. His words on that occasion had already been significantly preceded, ten years earlier, in his homily for the “Mass of Artists”, in which Paul VI clearly expressed his intention to cancel the distance that had been created between the Church and artists, and thus to recompose a bond that had been interrupted for too long.

From 12 October to 5 November, in an extraordinary form along the itinerary of the Collection of Contemporary Art, the visitor to the Vatican Museums will therefore find a small but significant selection of original photographs bearing witness to some fundamental phases in the history of the collection, expressing heartfelt acknowledgement of the modernity and farsightedness of its founder.

THE “ARTIST IS PROPHET AND POET” – PRESENTATION 

“ADDRESS OF PAUL VI ON THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS COLLECTION OF THE MODERN RELIGIOUS ART” 

 

 

Conference “Preventive conservation in major museums. Comparing strategies”

12 October 2018
New Wing, Vatican Museums

The directors of the most important museums in the world will meet on Friday 12 October at the conference sponsored and organised by the Vatican Museums on the theme of preventive conservation in large museum contextsThe Vatican Museums are pleased to host the directors of the great universal museums, visited by millions of people every year. Their daily challenge: to find new ways for the management and material conservation of such an important and strongly displayed heritage. I hope that this conference, by promoting a real and direct exchange, will contribute to the development of common strategies that may be a concrete help for all museums. These are the words with which Barbara Jatta, Director of the Pope’s Museums, announces and presents the significant moment of exchange and reflection on what is presented as one of the most urgent questions of the third millennium: the management of mass tourism and planned heritage conservation.

The participants in the meeting will describe the working strategies or specific cases faced in their role, and analogies and differences, critical issues and opportunities will emerge from the exchange between various demands and situations: a synthesis of points of observation and concrete activities, useful for defining what may be the future guidelines for museum institutions.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION

PROGRAMME

Useful info

Attendance by invitation.
Registration closed on 17 September 2018.

 

The Vatican Museums in Frankfurt for the 70th Book Fair

10 – 14 October 2018

The presence of the Vatican Museums also for the 2018 edition of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the prestigious international book fair in Frankfurt from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October, is confirmed again this year. With Georgia as the guest of honour, the event, greatly anticipated both by professionals in the sector and keen readers, will involve the participation of over 7000 exhibitors from 100 different countries.

Edizioni Musei Vaticani and Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) – as is by now customary – will represent Vatican publishing in a joint exhibition stand where, aside from the presence of new publications, there will also be fruitful and stimulating exchanges with publishers and visitors.
CATALOGUE OF PUBLICATIONS – EDIZIONE MUSEI VATICANI 2018

2018 CHAPTER LEADERS MEETING

This past weekend, the Leaders from all twenty-six Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums chapters convened in Rome for the 35th Anniversary of the Patrons Organization.  The meeting began on Thursday and concluded on Sunday evening.

After many weeks and months of preparations, the Patrons staff welcomed the Leaders to Villa Grazioli in Castel Gandolfo on Thursday.  On Friday morning, the Leaders and staff traveled by bus to Vatican City for a full day of activities.

The morning began with a tour of Redemptoris Mater, the Pope’s private chapel in the Apostolic Palace.  Next, the Patrons had a private Audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Francis spoke for about five minutes on the importance of preserving and promoting art as a means of living out our faith.

Every member in attendance was able to greet and shake hands with the Holy Father, so it was a true blessing to meet him. After a delicious lunch at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens, Dr. Barbara Jatta spoke on behalf of the restoration labs.  She shared her vision and expectations for the Patrons by stating some of the needs of the Wishbook.

Saturday was held entirely at the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo.  The morning sessions, led by Fr. Kevin Lixey and members of the staff, overviewed the mission and identity of the Patrons. They discussed a new Patrons logo, new website templates, and an overall goal of greater consistency between the Rome office and the chapters.

The highlight of the afternoon session was a presentation of Salesforce, a new database system used for communication and event planning.  After the sessions, there was a lovely dinner at Villa Grazioli. The Leaders showed their gratitude toward Fr. Kevin, the staff and each other for the collective efforts of the Patrons.

The six informative sessions and conferences gave an insider look on the work, the concerns, and the future plans of the Patrons. The 2018 Chapter Leaders Meeting was a very valuable experience, and it helped us all understand the goals that must be perceived  in  the next months.

See you soon Harriet

To say that this was a pretty cool summer internship would be an absolute understatement. As one might guess, working inside the Vatican Museums makes for a truly incredible experience, but this summer with the Patrons of the Arts has truly exceeded all of my expectations. Seeing different restorations in progress in the Restoration Laboratories and the scaffolding of the Constantine room, exploring the nooks and crannies of less travelled areas in the museums, and following along guided tours through the museums, the gardens and the Santa Rosa Necropolis were just a few of the perks I thoroughly enjoyed over the past two months.

Though growing up I always enjoyed visiting art museums, this past summer has reignited my passion for art and art history as well as inspired a newfound interest in restoration and its importance.  There’s nothing quite like the invigorating feeling of walking through the practically empty galleries just before or after the museums’ visiting hours or watching a restoration magically bring a piece back to life before your eyes. But the people, above all, are what have made working in the Patrons office so special.

I am incredibly grateful to have worked in an office with such wonderful people who are all clearly passionate about the Patrons’ mission and the work they are doing. As I return to Notre Dame for my final undergraduate year, I am already reminiscing about the moments spent with my colleagues and two fellow interns, whether it was collaborating on a particular assignment or just a quick chat over a caffè. But it’s not only the staff here that makes this organization so impressive; it’s also each of the patrons I met, who come from all over the globe, each with their unique perspective and reasons for joining the PAVM.

My primary responsibility this summer involved compiling data on completed restoration projects by connecting each work of art with its information (artist, date, geographic location, etc.), restoration summary, and funding source. In this process, I learned a great deal about the immense number and variety of projects made possible by the patrons as well as reinforced my understanding of the importance of conserving these works. I also had the opportunity to write articles, and translate and edit various documents ranging from technical restoration reports to the newsletter. With these projects, I deepened my knowledge of different aspects of the museums and restoration processes, and I expanded my Italian technical art lexicon. This was particularly fascinating as some words for restoration procedures or artistic descriptions just don’t quite translate into English or exist in Italian-English dictionaries.

Overall, this summer was especially fruitful both personally and professionally. I can’t say that I’ve totally figured out the layout of the Vatican, but I can say that each day I was truly wowed by some new detail or intricacy I had discovered.

I hope to return to Rome sometime in the near future so until then, arrivederci!

See you soon Catie

Saying goodbye has never been one of my strong suits and having to say goodbye to all the members of the Patron’s office is no exception. This summer I had the unforgettable experience to intern for an organization that is extremely close to my family’s and my heart. It was a true joy to get to know and work with all of the women in the office…and of course, can’t forget Fr. Kevin! I was blown away by how passionate all of the people in the office are for this organization and how patient they were with myself and the other two interns, Harriet and Zoe.

During my time at the Patron’s, I was assigned the project of creating a case study comparing The PAVM to other similar nonprofits. In doing so, I was able to create a website that laid out what PAVM does well and ideas from other nonprofits that we could implement. Getting to speak with people from the Friends of The Louvre and the Papal Foundation and learn about the ways they run their nonprofits was such a fantastic experience. I was also able to begin the working on creating member spotlights for the new website. I was such a great experience to learn all of the different stories and connections that current members of The PAVM have!

This internship was also extremely spiritual fulfilling. Being able to attend mass each week in St. Peter’s Basilica and to work in a place that is a constant reminder of the Catholic faith was more than I could have ever asked for in an internship.

I cannot thank everyone in the office enough for allowing me to have such an unbelievable experience. The kindness and support that they all showed was so fulfilling, and their hard work and dedication to the organization was beyond inspiring. I will miss each and every member in the office, but I am excited to see how each of them will continue to excel in all of the work that they do.

When it comes to my co-workers, Harriet and Zoe were absolutely the best two girls I could have ever asked to have as fellow interns. They are both so driven and passionate about living life to the fullest and were truly inspiring! Our hard work, ventures around the different galleries, and frequent trips to buy Oreos at the vending machines are just a few of the little things that I will always cherish.

Having the experience to intern for a nonprofit outside of the United States has opened my eyes to all of the potential possibilities that come with working for a nonprofit. While I am extremely sad to leave Rome, I am very excited to see where my future takes me and will always keep this experience extremely close to my heart. Vatican City has always been one of my absolute favorite places, and after this summer that love has grown ten times over! So instead of goodbye, I’m going to say “see you later” because I hope to be back in Rome very soon!

MEET THE MAN WITH THE KEYS TO THE VATICAN

Every morning Gianni Crea unlocks the doors to history.

“The real privilege is being able, every day, to walk through this and each day learn something new,” says Gianni Crea, head key keeper of the Vatican Museums. “You’re walking through history and you read lessons that all the popes to this date have preserved.”

The Gallery of Statues and the Hall of Busts showcase works like the Sleeping Ariadne and frescoes painted by Pinturicchio. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALBERTO BERNASCONI, MUSEI VATICANI

“Each morning when I enter the Sistine Chapel I experience a string of emotions,” Crea says. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALBERTO BERNASCONI, MUSEI VATICANI

Can’t make it to the Museums this summer? You can still take a behind the scenes look at the man who opens the collections to the 28,000 daily visitors with Gulnaz Khan of National Geographic.

Khan offers a striking profile on Gianni Crea, the head key keeper at the Vatican Museums, detailing the clavigero’s unique perspective on the beauty and significance of the works he watches over. As a devout Catholic, Crea deeply understands the power and special mission of art in faith.

With complete humility, he states “I’m a simple custodian, but for me the beautiful thing is to conserve and look after the keys of history” as he enables guests from all different cultures and religions to find something moving within the collections.

“I know the smell that is waiting for me when I open the first door is the smell of history—the smell that men before us have breathed in.” It’s the very same ground that they have walked, loved, and cried on, he says.

“I have the keys, figuratively speaking, of the history of Christianity—both Christian history and the history of art,” Crea says. “The Vatican Museums, including the Raffaello Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, are among the most beautiful works of art in the world.” PHOTOGRAPH BY ALBERTO BERNASCONI, MUSEI VATICANI

If you want to read more visit the following link:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/vatican-city/key-keeper-vatican-museums-photos/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=facebook::cmp=editorial::add=fbp20180707travel-newmankeysvatican::rid=&sf193274793=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reopening with new layout of the Saint Paul archaeological area

On the eve of the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and exactly five years since its first inauguration in 2013, the archaeological area of the Monks’ Orchard of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls will complete a long and complex musealisation project, reopening to the public with a new layout, particularly functional and evocative in terms of the museographic and lighting solutions adopted.

In offering to pilgrims and tourists, in an unprecedented and precious look at medieval Rome, the reopening of the site constitutes the concluding moment of an important and complex conservation, restoration and enhancement project that has involved the fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration of various institutional actors, from the Administration of the Papal Basilica as promoter, to the Vatican Museums via the Department of Christian Antiquities and the Conservator’s Office, from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology to the School for Specialisation in Architectural and Landscape Heritage of “La Sapienza” University of Rome, as well as the Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration.

The definitive musealisation project involved the completion of the restoration and cleaning of the ancient walls, and of the floor, wall and ceiling surfaces, the production of more structured lighting systems, the improvement of didactic materials, the in situ display of materials discovered during the excavation, the construction of a boardwalk with elements in crystal and steel and, last but not least, the organization of an ordinary maintenance service for the site to prevent its deterioration and to ensure conservation over time, always with the minimal use additional signs and the adoption of the criterion of minimal intervention.

Useful Links: www.basilicasanpaolo.org

 

At the Table with the Gods. Illustrated Plates from the Carpegna Collections

July 4th, 2018
Sala XVII, Pinacoteca

Following the culmination of the Metal Restoration Laboratory and the Vatican Museums Ceramics Department’s careful restoration work, a precious set of illustrated ceramic plates from the Carpegna Collection can be admired before it soon joins a permanent collection. This special exhibit will open for the summer season on July 4th and will be located in the prestigious Vatican Pinacoteca in Room XVII, which has hosted the prior original initiatives of the Museums at Work expositions.

This “little exhibit,” titled At the Table with the Gods. Illustrated Plates from the Carpegna Collection, is curated by Guido Cornini and is based on a previously successful format, established through The Pope’s Museums. The exposition also serves as a lively workshop for study and research, aiming to communicate and enhance the knowledge and the many daily activities within the Museums. Among the pieces in the collection, are thirty-three out of thirty-four illustrated majolica ceramics, which joined the Decorative Arts Department of the Vatican Museums in 1999 from the old collections of the Apostolic Library.

This set of historically and artistically valuable artifacts were made in the late sixteenth century by the skilled majolica masters of Urbino based on designs by painters from the school of Raphael. Although they are some of the most fascinating seventeenth-century collectibles, they constitute one of the least noted chapters.

Four large thematic groups can be identified in the designs and decorations that characterize the precious set of ceramics. They range from biblically inspired scenes, portraying stories from the Old Testament and the Gospels, to mythological depictions, treating both literary and allegorical topics.

The Carpegna plates collection display is a project sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Carey of the California Chapter