The Annunciation exhibition in Częstochowa

Twenty paintings depicting the Annunciation interpreted by outstanding contemporary Polish painters created in the second edition of the “Let’s Paint Catholisism Again Project” will be presented in the cloister of the St. Sigismund Church in Częstochowa from July 15 – September 8, 2024.

The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on July 14. After the evening Mass celebrated by archbishop of Częstochowa Wacław Depo at the St. Sigimund Church at Krakowska str. 1, the exhibition will be opened in the church cloister. Guests are also invited to a special screening of “The Annunciation” – a documentary directed by Wojtek Wieteska who filmed the artists in their studios talking about their painting experience and their spiritual and artisitic journey through the mystery of the Annunciation.

The paintings were created thanks to the generosity of private art patrons, as part of the “Let’s paint Catholicism again” project initiated by and the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), and the Saint Nicholas Foundation.

The Annuntiation exhibition in Częstochowa was possible thanks to the support and blessing of abp. Wacław Depo.

The curator of the exhibition is Dariusz Karłowicz.

Viewing of the exhibition will be possible from July 15 – September 8 from Monday to Sunday 8:00- 18:00. Admission is free.

“The Annunciation exhibition is the second edition of a twenty-one-year project bringing together artists and intellectuals convinced of the need for a revival of sacred art. The public inauguration of the project was last year’s exhibition of new versions of the ‘Jesus, I Trust in You‘ image” (2022) – said Dariusz Karłowicz, the curator of the exhibition and initiator of the project.

The exhibition featured paintings by Jarosław Modzelewski, Ignacy Czwartos, Jacek Dłużewski, Wojciech Głogowski, Jacek Hajnos O.P., Krzysztof Klimek, Bogna Podbielska, Beata Stankiewicz, Grzegorz Wnęk, and Michał Żądło.

In this edition of the project, each painter was asked to paint two paintings of the first mystery of the Holy Rosary: one in a format suitable for church interiors, and one of a smaller size for domestic prayer.

As in the first edition of the project, the artists participated in several days of workshops, during which they listened to lectures on the Annunciation from the perspective of systematic and biblical theology, history of art and angelology (the science of angels). The scholars who took part in the process included inter alia: Bp. Jacek Grzybowski, Rev. Marek Starowieyski, Fr. Paweł Trzopek O.P., Fr. Jarosław Kupczak O.P., and Anna Kilian.

The project was initiated and is being developed thanks to the patronage of private donors: Danuta and Krzysztof Domarecki, Jolanta Domańska-Gruszka and Mirosław Gruszka, Wojciech Piasecki, Dorota and Tomasz Zdziebkowski. The exhibition premiered in Warsaw, Poland in November 2023, visited Rome and is now coming to Częstochowa!

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