The opening in Paris of a monument to the Pope John Paul II of the work of Z. Tsereteli. automatic translate
The religious theme as a search for spirituality, spiritual and moral ideal occupies a special place in the work of the author of the monument, the People’s Artist of the USSR and the Russian Federation, the President of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Z.K. Tsereteli. Not only monumental works on the subject of biblical history are devoted to it, but also the images of the Saints - Nicholas the Wonderworker, Saint Nina, Saint Apostle Paul, St. Nicholas, St. George, heroes of the Kulikovo battle of Alexander Peresvet and the Reverend Irinarkh Recluse.
Under the direction of Z.K. Tsereteli Russian Academy of Arts was carried out a large-scale work on the re-establishment of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. The Museum-Exhibition Complex «Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery» hosts the Biblical cycle «Knowledge of Good and Evil», which consists of monumental bas-reliefs dedicated to the scenes of the Old and New Testaments.
The artist also created images of outstanding spiritual leaders of the twentieth century - Mother Teresa and John Paul II, with whom the master happened to be personally acquainted.
October 25 in Paris, the opening ceremony of the monument to the Pope John Paul II, ranked by the Roman Catholic Church to the Face of the Saints. «We proclaim the saints and blessed John XXIII and John Paul II and we class them as the saints and establish that in every church they should be revered as saints. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit «- on April 27, 2014, Pope Francis ranked the Pope John Paul II (Pole Karol Wojtyla) and Pope John XXIII (Italian Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) as saints.
With a request to create a sculptural image of John Paul II, the artist was approached by the Polish Catholic Mission in France in the person of its rector, Mr. Stanislav Hedgehog. In 2010, the work was completed, and the sculpture was presented to the general public as part of the exhibition of the National Exhibition of Russia in the Grand Pal, along with other works, after which it was donated to the Polish Catholic Mission.
For several years, approvals have been negotiated, various installation sites have been proposed, including near the Mission. Subsequently, the Paris Mayor’s Office offered several places in the immediate vicinity of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The sculptor made the appropriate sketch proposals in view of the peg to the terrain, one of which was approved.
This circumstance undoubtedly accelerated the process of approvals, and already in July 2014 the Paris Mayor’s Office officially agreed to install a monument to the new Saint John Paul II.
It is symbolic that the sculpture of John Paul II will be installed in the park, named after St. Pope John XXIII. This square is located near Notre Dame Cathedral. It is interesting to note that the Cathedral is a symbolic center not only of Paris, but of the entire country: it is here, on the porch of the cathedral is the sign of the so-called «zero kilometer», the point from which the length of all major roads of France is calculated.
Work on the sculptural image of the Pope continued the artist’s reflections on the spiritual path. It is the epochal personality, the man-symbol that John Paul II appears in the work of Tsereteli - the sculptural image once again emphasizes the significance of the personality of the Pope, personifying the Catholic faith in the whole world. The composition of the monument is laconic and simple. Absence of unnecessary details, clarity and purity of plastic form correspond to the personality of the pontiff, which was distinguished by modesty, noble simplicity in dealing with people. Subtle features of the pontiff are subtly conveyed, hands are close to the face and are folded in a very characteristic gesture, which could be defined as prayerful meditation. The external similarity and expressive character of John Paul II conveyed by the artist nevertheless did not prevent the sculptor from reaching that special degree of generalization when the face of a particular person acquires a symbolic character.
The bronze monument in height of 3,6 meters is a gift of the Russian people and the author of a monument of Zurab Tsereteli to the Polish community of the city of Paris.
The official opening ceremony will be preceded by a service in the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, which will also sound in Russian. It will be held by the Archbishop of Paris, His Eminence Cardinal Andre Wen-Troy, who also takes part in the opening ceremony of the monument.
In the solemn ceremony, the participation of the Mayor of Paris, Madame Ann Hidalgo, Archbishop Lodz Marek Edrazhevsky, as well as representatives of the creative intelligentsia, UNESCO, etc., is expected.