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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Responses to modernity and religion

ImageUpdate has information about festival events featuring the cream of Western artists engaged in the interface between art and faith:

Artistic Responses to Modernity: 'On Monday the exhibition opens with paintings inspired by T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets by the artists Bruce Herman & Makoto Fujimura with Rowan Williams as a speaker, Juliet Stevenson as a reader, and cello music by Guy Johnston. Tuesday will feature several piano pieces including Messiaen, Visions de l'Amen for two pianos, and work by Cordelia Williams and Jeremy Begbie. On Wednesday, award-winning poet Micheal O'Siadhail will read from his work in progress, Five Quintets, interwoven with piano music by Jeremy Begbie, played by Cordelia Williams. On Friday, arising out of a collaboration with scholars from Cambridge and Duke University, a newly composed St Luke Passion by James MacMillan will be performed with Choristers of Kings College, conducted by the composer.'

The e-newsletter also has information about an interfaith exhibition featuring art from artists drawn from both the East and the West:

'In the wake of the terrorist tragedy in Paris, France, Caravan, an inter-religious peacemaking arts non-profit will launch its interfaith traveling art exhibition titled The Bridge in Paris at the historic Church of St. Germain des Pres, in the Latin Quarter, the oldest church in Paris. Opening on February 2-28, 2015 to commemorate the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Bridge is an unparalleled gathering of 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish premier contemporary visual artists of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious backgrounds focusing on what they hold in common. Organized and curated by Caravan, the multi-religious group of participating artists in The Bridge are making the case for using that which we have in common as the foundation for the future of our world. After The Bridge runs for a month in Paris, it will travel for exhibition within Europe, to Egypt, and then throughout the USA.'


Olivier Messiaen - Visions de l'Amen.

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