Senza titolo, 1979
Emulsione fotografica su tela applicata su tavola e smalto, cm 162 x 200
© Collezione Jacorossi, Roma
For this first participation of the Holy See with its own Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, we have chose a theme that is fundamental for culture and Church tradition and a source of inspiration for many artists: the stories told in the Book of Genesis. Specifically, the first eleven chapters, as they are dedicated to the mystery of man’s origins, the introduction of evil into history, and our hope and future projects after the devastation that is symbolically represented by the Flood. Wide-ranging discussions on the multiplicity of the themes offered led to three thematic areas being chosen with which the artists have engaged: Creazione (Creation), De-Creazione (Uncreation), and the New Man or Ri-Creazione (Recreation).