Sacred Art and the Present-day - lecture by Prof. Ph.D. Vladimir Gradev as part of the educational platform "Introduction to Contemporary Art".
"Introduction to Contemporary Art" will present an extra lecture specially prepared for NIGHT / Plovdiv, 2017.
Is art still sacred? This will be the main question discussed in the lecture based on the Vatican Museum’s Borgia Apartments contemporary art collection, attempting to show the modernity’s artistic experience as an end result of a millenial tradition. The lecture will argue that contemporary artists are the descendants of the Christian tradition, albeit often wasting this rich heritage like a prodigal son. The lecture will also dwell on the issue of the fault between art and truth and trace the old and new links between aesthetic and religious experience. We will look at ways Divine Glory, radiance and beauty may appear and be percieved even today in our secularised and disenchanted world which negates art’s supreme function thus putting art itself in question.
*Introduction to Contemporary Art is a project of Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Contemporary.