Over the last three months, Pat Kane has explored some of the works of art from the Methodist Modern Art Collection which is being exhibited this month at the Focolare Centre for Unity.

[New City Magazine – March 2024, page 20-21]

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance times when a new painting was unveiled, people would travel miles, sometimes for days in order to see, with their own eyes, a new and wonderful work of art. They might have heard stories or descriptions of it. But travelling to the destination was the only way to actually see it.

In our time it is sometimes too easy to assume that when we have seen a work of art on a screen, that is all there is to it. But to physically stand in front of a painting, to be in its presence, is to fully engage with that work, with its meaning and mystery, and with the artist who created it. This is an experience for which viewing on a screen, or even in printed form is poor substitution.

The works which will be exhibited in the Centre for Unity this month, promise experiences worth travelling for. The Incarnation, when Jesus became fully human, to be with us, to understand and guide us, through the eyes of artists.

The forthcoming exhibition, ‘Deepening the Mystery’ at the Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, will give us the opportunity to meditate on the life of Jesus portrayed in contemporary art.

Date of exhibition:
1st March – 7th April 2024

Focolare Centre for Unity, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG

The works of Elisabeth Frink are a powerful reminder of both the strength and the frailty of humanity. Frink’s drawing of the dead Jesus taken down from the cross has a sense of bulk which is characteristic of the drawing of a sculptor, which indeed she was. Unusually for the subject of ‘Pieta’, we are taken very close to the body of Jesus, the crown of thorns still on his head, with no other figures present.

Elisabeth Frink, ‘Pieta’
drawing, black ink, wash and watercolour, 85 x 68 cm

All images from the Methodist Modern Art Collection
©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

The exhibition is free admission. However, if you would like to help with costs, please support our crowdfunding appeal:

CROWDFUNDING

The Methodist Modern Art Collection is

‘… one of the art world’s unexpected treasures, including some of the most powerful and arresting religious art of the 20th and 21st centuries.’

For more information, see Facebook:

Art 2024 at WGC

or contact:

art2024@focolare.org.uk

The Collection includes exhibits by key figures of 20th and 21st century British art (such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink), as well as works by international artists. The exhibition will include a programme of workshops and lectures for all ages.

Pieta

March 1st, 2024|0 Comments

Over the last three months, Pat Kane has explored some of the works of art from the Methodist Modern Art Collection which is being exhibited this month at the Focolare Centre for Unity.

The Empty Tomb by Richard Bavin

January 2nd, 2024|0 Comments

Over the next three months Pat Kane explores some of the exhibits coming to the Focolare Centre for Unity in March 2024. These form part of the impressive Methodist Modern Art Collection.

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