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Art Expo celebrates 80 years of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the Holy See

2015-11-08

It's a colorful art exhibit with 27 pieces. But this art expo is about much more than juts art. More than anything it's about celebrating 80 years of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the Holy See. 

ERIBERTO BETTINI
Art Curator
"This exhibit is a continuation, if you will. When Pope Francis visited Cuiaba, he talked about the fact that this year marks 80 years of uninterrupted diplomatic ties between the island and the Holy See. So this art expo is a way to celebrate that.” 

Despite all the disagreements that arose between the Vatican and the island's regime at the height  of Communism, their ties, nonetheless, remained intact. 

The artist is Cuban painter Alfredo Sosabravo. 
Just as intriguing as his work –is his age.  His style and technique may be young, but his actual age is up there. 

ERIBERTO BETTINI
"The artist is 85 years old, but he says that when he paints, he feels like a 16 year old.” 

Even though the pieces reflect color, life and celebration, they also depict serious issues...This piece titled 'Crucified Men' is meant to shed light on some of the injustices people face, when they stand up against corruption and wrong doing. 

Through the collaboration of the Holy See and the city of Rome, one of the city's antique buildings, the Palazzo della Cancelleria, now houses this modern art expo. 

ERIBERTO BETTINI
Art Curator
"It's very unusual to have such a historic Roman palace for such a contemporary exhibit, but somehow it all comes together and it works.”
 
The Exhibit, which is completely free,  will be open to the public until November 17th. 

It's a way to celebrate fantasy and reality, the old and the new and of course, whatever the future has in store. 

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