Pope Francis to Attend Venice Biennale: Holy See Pavilion Highlights Human Rights

Pope Francis to Attend Venice Biennale: Holy See Pavilion Highlights Human Rights

The Holy See Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: “With My Eyes”

The prestigious Venice Biennale, one of the most important contemporary art events globally, is set to welcome an unprecedented visitor this spring: Pope Francis.

As the first pope to attend this renowned art exhibition, Pope Francis will bring his unique perspective to the “city of canals.”

The 60th International Art Exhibition: “Foreigners Everywhere”

The theme of this year’s Venice Biennale is “Foreigners Everywhere.”

This overarching theme aims to explore the experiences of marginalized and foreign populations through the lens of contemporary art.

While the event has garnered attention for its inclusion of “queer” artists, Pope Francis’ visit will primarily focus on the Vatican’s exhibition centered around human rights.

“With My Eyes”: A Central Theme

The Holy See Pavilion will find its home on Venice’s Giudecca island, specifically within the confines of the women’s prison.

Organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education, the exhibition is aptly titled “With My Eyes.”

At its core, this showcase revolves around the fundamental rights of marginalized individuals.

Through the eyes of various artists, it delves into themes of justice, dignity, and compassion.

Featured Artists

The Vatican pavilion will feature an impressive lineup of artists, each contributing their unique perspectives. Among those showcased are:

  • Maurizio Cattelan
  • Bintou Dembélé
  • Simone Fattal
  • Claire Fontaine
  • Sonia Gomes
  • Corita Kent
  • Marco Perego
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Claire Tabouret
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist

Their works will serve as powerful expressions of the shared human experience, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and defending the rights of those often pushed to the margins.


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