Vatican swaps Old Masters for modernity with Venice Biennale debut
May 14th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Vatican swaps Old Masters for modernity with Venice Biennale debut

By Bryony Jones, CNN

(CNN) - Its art collection is the envy of galleries the world over, but until now the Vatican has been better known for Renaissance masterpieces rather than hip modernist artworks.

That may be about to change: the home of the Catholic Church has announced it will exhibit at the ultra-fashionable Venice Biennale for the first time later this year.

In a bold move away from the works of Michelangelo, Rafael and Giotto for which it is renowned, the Holy See picked Italian new media art collective Studio Azzurro, Czech-French photographer Josef Koudelka, and Australian-born U.S. painter Lawrence Carroll to interpret its chosen theme.

But the subject itself is one of the oldest and most traditional: the pavilion, inspired by Genesis, the first book of the Bible, is entitled "In the Beginning."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Art • Catholic Church • Vatican

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  1. kevin001

    my best friend's aunt makes $88/hour on the internet. She has been laid off for 6 months but last month her pay check was $17839 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more .............. Fox85. ℂOℳ

    May 18, 2013 at 2:29 am |
    • derp

      "my best friend's aunt makes $88/hour"

      She gives bl0w jobs for money.

      May 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      May 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • nope

      @really not that bright

      May 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  3. Rachel

    Hope the pope also makes positive strides in ending hunger and poverty around the world!

    May 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • Science

      Is that you chad ?


      May 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm |

    • Pope's hopes soaps dopes.

      May 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Chad

      You tell 'em Rachel 🙂

      May 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • Science


      Front page there too billie and chadie............check it out !

      Have not seacrh for twiiter yet.............page 88

      May 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Science

      Chadie..................where are yiu ???

      May 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • Science

      Old Rachel..................is racing around today..........doing the pokla twist with the snake on sholders ...................is that

      dance Rachel ?....................or to I have that backwards chad.............who is who CHAD ?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • Science

      Oops ...............is that a new dance ?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Science

      Oops .............shoulders...................red devil .............looks better for visualo !

      May 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      I hope so too. However history shows that the RCC and most churches put a higher premium on their own wealth and well-being than on anything else.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      I get it now. For some reason I thought this was the Franklin Graham thread.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • Science

      In Santa we trust..................as chad slithers along .............with partner in tow !

      May 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Chad ...................do you take your show on the road or are you stck down at the creation museum ?

      May 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Science

      And look who show up above ................chadie............post.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Science

      Oops forgot the ..............s.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Science

      Chad is this.....................your true love....................... the RCC ?

      And from another thread lol??

      In Santa we trust

      With the RCC goes the oldest of old the damn bedVROOOOOOOM..............they need to stay the FVCK OUT OF IT !

      You know with is partner...............the red thing............the devil !!!

      May 16, 2013 at 6:38 am | Report abuse | Reply

      May 17, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |

      May 17, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • Science

      Education works for children............................faith/chad...............you know............so does cap't above.....do you all

      have any ?........................you do know ......no angels with pitck forks as the old pope kicked them off the team last xmas ?

      Where do morals come from?.............the answer is not the bible read and find out !

      By Kelly Murray, CNN


      Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie !

      May 18, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • Science

      Mr. and Mrs. Troll...... .........chad/Rachel


      Chomp on that bone...................creationists/ID believers. chadie too..................evolution at its best the old croc.

      Time for the horn-y beast to get the hell out of the bedVroooom !!!

      Fourteen Closely Related Crocodiles Existed Around 5 Million Years Ago

      May 21, 2013 — Today, the most diverse species of crocodile are found in northern South America and Southeast Asia: As many as six species of alligator and four true crocodiles exist, although no more than two or three ever live alongside one another at the same time. It was a different story nine to about five million years ago, however, when a total of 14 different crocodile species existed and at least seven of them occupied the same area at the same time, as an international team headed by paleontologists Marcelo Sánchez and Torsten Scheyer from the University of Zurich is now able to reveal.



      Hey faithy seems like you have not been weaned yet sort of like chadie .............reminds me of a 5 year old ?

      Monkey Teeth Help Reveal Neanderthal Weaning

      May 24, 2013 — Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?


      Current search on Bing chadie ..........bookmark update chad........3rd one from top of page.

      RDFRS: When Christians become a 'hated minority'


      11,000,000 results Any time


      Scientists Find Oldest Dinosaur – Or Closest Relative Yet

      Dec. 5, 2012 — Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and Herrerasaurus.


      Game over .................god(s) did NOT create US !

      NO red horn-y devil either........ NEVER has been one.!

      The DINOSAUR ?...............Chomp Chomp !...Evolution WINS hands down...time for the horn-y red devil to get the

      HELL out of the way.....................Stem Cell research !

      Allosaurus Fed More Like a Falcon Than a Crocodile: Engineering, Anatomy Work Reveals Differences in Dinosaur Feeding Styles

      May 21, 2013 — The mighty T. rex may have thrashed its massive head from side to side to dismember prey, but a new study shows that its smaller cousin Allosaurus was a more dexterous hunter and tugged at prey more like a modern-day falcon.



      COMEDY GOLD................it is THE PEARLY GATES !.............what a JOKE !

      Heaven for atheists? Pope sparks debate

      By Dan Merica, CNN


      Splat Chad

      June 4, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • Science

      Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life, ...........Chad/Billy..........share with the ICR and the RCC.


      Meteorites and water. made us aye.

      Oops and that carbon – 14 + (U-Pb).............uranium lead dating Austin.



      Check out that little blue box


      June 11, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  4. Intresting

    I would have thought that the above picture would have fit well in the private gallery (bishops and above) of pictures of adolescent and pre-pubescent boys and girls.

    May 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Interesting

      Wow that was clever. Well, actualy it wasn't but if making light of a serious topic that only surrounds a tiny % of a religious order amuses you, have fun I guess.

      May 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Bastet

      Actually the original poster was probably typing with only one free hand.

      May 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  5. Answer

    More ploys by the religious cretins...

    How many more do they need to make themselves seem relevant?

    May 15, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  6. Dyslexic doG

    money, money, money, money, money ... religion is all about the money.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • Science


      May 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Science

      Hey faith................someone has to pay the bills !!!


      Check it out cool science..................the url. above .


      May 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |


      May 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |

      May 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • The government

      Who isn't?

      May 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Sara.................what can't they understand ?

      Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany kev bx fred topher etc etc All creationists and ID believers ........................

      Was the bible around back then .................bible thumpers ?

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.


      March 11, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |

      May 15, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |

      How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer


      faith....................thinks the sky is falling !.....................or the se-x education deal on Christians Be Nice.

      Pound SAND faith.with your partner the red horn-y devil.

      May 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |

      May 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  7. USMC1371

    What's up with the hands? Creepy.... Are they the hands that abuse little boys or the hands that hire someone to kill their wife?

    May 15, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • JMEF

      Both and the hands also pass around the collection plates, Roman Catholic Cash Flow Church. Wonder what the admission charge will be to view that junk and how many suckers they will draw?

      May 15, 2013 at 7:23 am |
  8. Anna


    May 15, 2013 at 5:20 am |
  9. Reality

    From the article:

    "But the subject itself is one of the oldest and most traditional: the pavilion, inspired by Genesis, the first book of the Bible, is ent-itled "In the Beginning."

    Now for some 21st century reality:

    Adam and Eve are myths making original sin mythological and Christian Baptism symbolic. (Also taught in graduate theology classes at many major Catholic universities).

    May 15, 2013 at 4:11 am |
  10. Hearing Impaired Translator (clockwise)

    Bourgeois values
    If they
    Appear abstract

    May 14, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I bet the coffee is good.

      May 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  11. tallulah13

    It kind of reminds me of that Queen album cover, but with hands, not faces.

    I can't say that I"m much impressed.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Morning view

      You're so right it does look like the Queen album cover. Too funny.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:25 am |
  12. STFU

    I think something is missing from above masterpiece – a naked women.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i think you mean little boys.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • FBI

      I bet you both have a sound proof room somewhere in your house and a van with tinted windows.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:27 am |
  13. Moishe Dyin

    Somebody is getting angry and I think it is the religitard with the lack of integrity. Yep.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Moishe Dyin

      And I love how all these religious people are here with me in Hell. There is no god here. Gnash, gnash, sob, sob.
      HAA HAA

      May 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      There is no god there? So it is the same as everywhere on Earth then, no god here either.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:06 am |
  14. Ben

    46 When he listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and the end of everything.
    47 The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty from his works, by the natural light of human reason (cf. Vatican Council I, can. 2, § 1: DS 3026).

    May 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      You could as easily be deceived and you'd never know the difference.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Ben

      Tom, lovely cryptic response!

      May 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm |

      God is truth absolute, one need not to have a reason to know truth absolute GOD, but to be with truth absolute GOD with HIS way, because essence of Spirit, foundation for a human to be, is none other than truth Absolute GOD.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Screamin for vengeance

      Tom is correct. Without verifying that you are being told the truth, all your sandcastles melt away in the cold light of reason.
      Anyone can make any claim and be believed.
      Where is the proper discernment to protect your soul? Grasping at imaginary straws will not actually save you.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Dale

      Insecure souls now doubtful about where they would spend eternity? I would if were in those shoes. Questions to ask yourself before it too late!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • Ha ha ha ha

      You trust ancient tribal shamans to guide you and save your soul?
      HA HA HA HA HA!
      "Just in case they are right, I will go to church" HA HA HA HA HA!
      "I don't care if they are lying, I just want to be with my family."
      "I don't want to know the truth, this faith of mine is all I need."
      "If Jesus is real, then I can do any evil and be forgiven."
      "My soul is in danger, so I will go to the first con-artist I see and place my whole life, heart, and soul in his loving, lying hands."

      May 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Dale

      Denying and laughter ain't getting you nowhere, hasn't gotten anybody anywhere. If I were you I would seriously seek out the truth before it is too late.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm |

      Seek out Why, when truth absolute is in you, can not exist without HIM, disrupt constant, truth of your breath, and see if you can survive, because no one and none can exist with constant, truth absolute, and truth absolute is THE GOD in you.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm |

      Please read without.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • Moishe Dyin

      Dale, at what part of the process does one check to see if any of it is true?
      Do you make phone calls to psychics to get your future told to you? Why or why not?

      May 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

      Please read with out my help too.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm |

      Moishe Dyin

      Right after one listens to words of others, if they conform to the constant, truth absolute of words spoken or not.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I did ask myself, Dale. That's when I realized that since there was no proof that any god or afterlife actually exists, it's kind of silly to worry about it. Once I realized that my life is finite, and that my earthly death is also my final death, I decided that my life is too precious to waste on such irrational nonsense as gods, afterlifes or religion.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

      Moishe Dying

      Did you read my post? What part you don't under stand?

      May 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Ben

    3 Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.6

    May 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Venice

      Great intro to the prologue of the church.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Destroy religion NOW

      Great intro to a Catholic gay bar, you mean.

      May 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Why Destroy religion NOW?


      May 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Destroy religion NOW

      Hi Swain.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Why Destroy religion NOW?

      Took you long enough? Dang you're slow.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Ha ha ha ha

      So sad to see a troll like Swain come stumbling through here.
      He can't quite make it over those big ole hurdles of honesty and ethics.
      What's wrong with you, Swain?
      Did they lie to you when you were a kid and you just snapped, or what?

      May 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • Ha ha ha ha

      I'm just a troll using multiple names to look for attention. I have no reason to be here and really don't care about any of the topics. Woo-wee, look at me.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Moishe Dyin

      Yep, traumatized as a child by liars using lies, that's Swain. Thinks it means anything to post here. LOL
      So ironic to see a liar lying to hisself. It's like watching a snake swallow its tail.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Ben

    1 God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.
    The life of man to know and love God

    May 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Destroy religion NOW

      When the Vatican is destroyed, what will you say?
      The time of death for your religion is approaching faster as your religion gets shredded by reality every day more and more.
      I am finding it hard to wait. Please help everyone in the world by finding something else to do. Your religion is fakery.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Why Destroy religion NOW?

      The Vatican won't be destroyed within our lifetime so no one will be saying anything you twit.

      Christianity is the largest religion in the world currently. Pretty much one in every seven people on the planet is a Christian. No child, it isn't going anywhere for a long time. No matter how much faith you have.

      Finding it hard to wait? You sound like a child two weeks before Christmas.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • Destroy religion NOW

      The Vatican will be destroyed. It is guaranteed to be a matter of time. I probably won't see it, but I am glad to know it will happen someday. The RCC will be shredded by angry mobs and none shall hide thee from the righteous anger of the people.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • Why Destroy religion NOW?

      "The Vatican will be destroyed."

      If it is, it won't be from any supposed enlightened revolutions you may think will happen.

      "It is guaranteed to be a matter of time."

      I guess you could say that just like one could say entropy will win out in the end. But neither means that religion was wrong.

      "I probably won't see it, but I am glad to know it will happen someday."

      Your hope is almost of a spiritual nature isn't it?

      "The RCC will be shredded by angry mobs and none shall hide thee from the righteous anger of the people."

      Highly doubtful since there never has been an angry mob ever form that could even shred up a 10th of the RCC's population.

      May 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Reality, now there's a can of industrial strength worms to hook up with!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Ha ha ha ha

      What a laugh. The RCC is already crumbling. The rot has reached the surface where everyone can see it.
      The Vatican is nothing but a chimera. A grimy paper covered in scribbles clenched in the fist of psychopaths.
      You say it will last forever simply because a bunch of ignorant idiots pop out children like a clown car?
      One day it will all be over. I don't care what you think about it. It will happen regardless of both of us.
      I am not against the people but against the lies. The lies are further proof that no god exists with the attributes described by the RCC.
      In time, this will be so well-known and obvious that no one will even consider remaining in the RCC.
      Numbers don't mean squat.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You can waste your life for a hollow promise of paradise after you die all you want, Ben. I prefer to respect my life, to enjoy each day and to learn as much as I can about the world around me.

      May 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
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