“The Passion” on display in the Diocesan Museum of Milan
“The Passion” on display in the Diocesan Museum of Milan

“The Passion” on display in the Diocesan Museum of Milan

Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall. La Passione nell’arte francese dai Musei Vaticani

21 February - 4 October 2020
Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum, Milan

Precisely two years after the first collaboration, happily initiated in 2018 on the occasion of the exhibition Gaetano Previati. La Passione, the Vatican Museums and the Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum of Milan once again enter into dialogue, again at the time of Lent and Easter, with a new exhibition project confirming the duo of women curators consisting of Micol Forti, Curator of the Contemporary Art Collection of the Pope’s Museums, and Nadia Righi, Director of the Milanese Diocesan Museum.

From 21 February to 4 October, the evocative cloisters of the ancient Dominican convent of Sant’Eustorgio will house the exhibition “Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall. La Passione nell’arte francese dai Musei Vaticani” (Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall. The Passion in French Art from the Vatican Museums) dedicated to the themes of the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ through the selection of more than 20 masterpieces of French art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A precious collection of paintings, sculptures and engravings exclusively from the Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums, created at the behest of Pope Paul VI in 1964. It consists of works by French artists with a capacity for innovative and current vision – such as Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, Maurice Denis, Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and others – allowing a reflection also on the catechetic nature of the Passion, in a journey that enables light to be shed on various aspects of the delicate relationship between modernity and tradition in art and in the Church, from the end of the 1800s and the 1900s.