The Holy See participates at the Venice Biennale

On September 7, 2023, the Dicastery for Culture and Education presided over the event "Social Friendship: Meeting in the Garden" as part of the Venice Biennale 2023.

Loreto Rios-September 8, 2023-Reading time: 2 minutes

Studio Albori in front of a model of the garden they designed for the Holy See Pavilion at the Biennale ©Marco Cremascoli

The event "Social Friendship: Meeting in the Garden" was organized by the Dicastery for Culture and Education in collaboration with the "Ente dello Spettacolo" foundation, and hosted and supported by Benedicti Claustra Onlus, a non-profit branch of the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, which is dedicated to supporting the transmission and enhancement of cultural heritage.

In addition, in the Film Space of the 80th International Film Festival of La Plata, the Venice Biennial The presentation of the Robert Bresson Award to film director Mario Martone took place at 11:00 a.m. in the presence of Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education.

The event "Social friendship: meeting in the garden" took place at the Pavilion of the Holy See hosted by the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, with which the Vatican is participating in the XVIII International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2023.

Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

The Holy See Pavilion also houses the installation "O Encontro", by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza (Pritzker Prize 1992), which could be visited during the evening. In addition, members of the Italian collective Studio Albori, Emanuele Almagioni, Giacomo Borella and Francesca Riva, designers of the garden installed in San Giorgio Maggiore, accompanied the guests on a guided tour of the Pavilion.

This was followed by a discussion at the Compagnia della Vela between Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça and film director Mario Martone, moderated by journalist and writer Aldo Cazzullo. This was followed by the screening of the film "Nostalgia" by Mario Martone, which tells the story of Felice, the main character, who returns to his hometown after forty years of absence. The film's main actor, Pierfrancesco Favino, was present at the screening.

This three-way collaboration between the Dicastery for Culture and Education, Benedicti Claustra Onlus and the "Ente dello Spettacolo" foundation has made it possible to bring together two cultural events: the Biennial Film Festival 2023 and the Biennial of Architecture 2023 of the Venice Biennale.

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