Shall we make peace once again? Today? Here? Shall we become friends again?
Has the Pope become the friend of artists once again? Do you need any suggestions, any practical solutions?
But these points are not part of the picture now. Let the feelings remain. We must become allies once again.
We request you to express all the opportunities the Lord has given you; hence, in the function and purpose-related framework that converge art and worship of God, we must leave your voices free to sing the powerful song you are capable of singing.
St. Paul VI, “Mass of the artists” in the Sistine Chapel
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord
Thursday, 7 May 1964
The exhibition “L’arte novissima. Lucio Fontana per il Duomo di Milano 1936-1956” (Arte novissima. Lucio Fontana for Duomo di Milano 1936-1956), was inaugurated on 26 October 2018, organised by Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano at Museo del Duomo as a tribute to the great Italian Argentine artist and to his work for the Ambrosian Cathedral in the 50th anniversary of his death.
Under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Milan, of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Affairs, of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, of the Lombardy Regional Administration and of the Milan Municipality, as part of the municipal programme for the “Novecento Italiano” (The 1900s in Italy), the exhibition will remain open until 27 January 2019.
It will be ideally completed at the Duomo on 3 November 2018 at the end of the Pontifical Mass celebrated by Archbishop Monsignor Delpini for the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo at 5.30 pm, when the Altarpiece of the Assunta (Assumption) by Fontana is unveiled. The work of art will be displayed on the altar of St. Agatha for the entire duration of the exhibition at Museo del Duomo.
The Pontifical Mass was the final celebration of the Minor Synod “Church of the People”.
Fontana’s altarpiece of the Assunta (Assumption) is the bronze version of an altarpiece forged by Veneranda Fabbrica in 1872 based on the chalk scale model created by the artist on request of the Institution in 1955. In fact, Fontana was supposed to transpose the Candoglia marble scale model but the project was not completed.
Federico Zuccari’s altarpiece San Pietro visita in carcere sant'Agata (St. Peter visits St. Agatha in prison) has been temporarily removed from this altar. It will be placed back in January after its restoration.
The exhibition “L’Arte novissima. Lucio Fontana per il Duomo di Milano 1936-1956” offers the ideal opportunity to show the public the restored last chalk scale model of the Fifth Door of the Duomo, created by Fontana between 1955 and 1956. It was never displayed before because it was stored at the Marble Workers’ Site of the Fabbrica. It is Fontana’s last work for the Fifth Door of the Duomo. For this competition he designed samples that the Fabbrica defined as “arte novissima”, a sacred art that was so modern as to find no place on the façade of the Duomo. In fact, the door was assigned to Luciano Minguzzi, joint winner with Fontana of the competition organised for the project in 1950.