New Stations for a ‘New Jerusalem’ – On the day he died, Jesus walked the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, which would later become sacred to Christians and Muslims. Jesus’ journey is traditionally commemorated by the Stations of the Cross. Across the chasm of two thousand years, this tortured path resonates with current events for people of many faiths and cultures. In particular, it calls to mind the hazardous journeys of refugees from today’s Middle East.
An exhibition across London held in 14 locations across —uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a ‘new Jerusalem.’
The Stations will weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display will run the gamut from Old Master paintings to contemporary video installations. Artists will include Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and politically.
The Passion in Art: From Old Masters to Contemporary Installations
Dr. Aaron Rosen, author of Art and Religion in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson, 2015)
February 8: Monday, 1–1.45pm
National Gallery (Sainsbury Wing Theatre)
Contemporary Artists Take on the Passion
Artists Leni Dothan & Michael Magruder in conversation with Dr. Aaron Rosen
February 16: Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Wallace Collection. Price: £7.00
In Conversation: Stations of the Cross
Artist Terry Duffy and National Gallery Curator Dr. Matthias Wivel
March 16: 1pm
National Gallery, Room 9
Does Religion Belong in Museums?
Panel discussion with: Dr Christoph Vogtherr, Director of the Wallace Collection
Rev Prof David Jasper, University of Glasgow
Mr Jonathan Ruffer, Chariman, Auckland Castle Trust
Dr Aaron Rosen, King’s College London
March 22: Tuesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Wallace Collection: Price: £7.00
Co-Curator – Dr. Aaron Rosen is the Lecturer in Sacred Traditions & the Arts at King’s College London. He taught previously at Yale, Oxford, and Columbia Universities, after receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge and serving as a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley. He is the author of Imagining Jewish Art (Legenda, 2009) and Art and Religion in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson, 2015), named one of the best books of 2015 by The Times. He is the editor of Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan (Ashgate, 2015) and co-editor of Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming)
Co-Curator – Terry Duffy is an international artist with a reputation for unique and challenging work. He has exhibited in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Venice, Cape Town and many more places. In addition to the worldwide exhibition of ‘Victim, no resurrection’, Duffy’s other major projects include MONUMENTS.
Experience The Passion. Lent 2016: 10 February (Ash Wednesday) – 28 March (Easter Monday)