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conference - Culture of encounter

conference - Culture of encounter


pavia, church Santi Giacomo e Filippo - Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Foundation Frate Sole in the 15th year of the ascent to Heaven of its Founder, Father Costantino Ruggeri, is organizing a conference open to technicians, subject matter experts and friends on the theme "Culture of Encounter," as expressed inPope Francis' encyclical, 'Brothers All.

The word "culture" indicates something that has penetrated into the people, into their deepest beliefs and way of life. If we speak of a "culture" in the people, this is more than an idea or an abstraction. It includes desires, enthusiasm and ultimately a way of life that characterizes that human group. So, to speak of a "culture of encounter" means that, as a people, we are passionate about wanting to meet each other, seeking points of contact, building bridges, planning something that involves everyone. This has become an aspiration and a way of life. The subject of such a culture is the people, not a sector of society that aims to keep the rest at peace by professional and media means. (FT, para. 216)

The subject was tackled by Fr. Costantino Ruggeri from the late 1970s and throughout the decade of the 1980s in the Franciscan mission in Burundi, where he was called to build, with the architect. Luigi Leoni, three religious and social complexes.

The time lived in Africa was an opportunity to encounter a people and a culture that proved to be rich in extraordinary human values, celebrating the beauty of community. From this experience Father Costantino drew a commitment not to transfer pre-packaged models, foreign to local culture and traditions, and to create spaces with the face and heart of the land in which he was commissioned to design.

He hoped that the contribution made would give rise to new forms and volumes that were inspired by the Barundi's dwellings and ways of life.

Prophetically, he dreamed that on the same continent could be born those who, like Pritzker Prize 2022 winner Diébédo Francis Kéré, interpreting the authentic aspirations of the African people, would create, spaces conceived with the sensitivity of the local community in mind.

Theintense cultural exchange allowed Father Costantino to bring with him into his artistic and human life the sensibility developed in the Burundi experience: one only had to enter his studio to enjoy the dozens of African masks, sculptures and handicrafts that enlivened the memory of the communities he met.

The Conference "Culture of Encounter - Fr. Costantino's Mission in Africa, " sponsored by the City of Pavia and ICOMOS PRERICO (Places of Religion and Ritual), will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Pavia, at the Church of Saints James and Philip on Luigi Porta Street.

Speakers will be:

- Luigi Leoni, President of the Foundation Frate Sole ;
- Msgr. Luca Bressan, Episcopal Vicar for Culture of the Diocese of Milan;
- Maria Antonietta Crippa, professor Politecnico di Milano;
- Fr Roberto Tagliaferri, professor Institute of Pastoral Liturgy St. Justina of Padua;
- Ferdinando Zanzottera, professor Politecnico di Milano.

Olimpia Niglio, professor at the University of Pavia, will moderate.

After the conference, the Foundation Frate Sole will be pleased to share a convivial time at theOsteria del Collegio, 8 Luigi Porta Street.

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A Path of Splendour: The Miracle of Vision

A Path of Splendour: The Miracle of Vision

A cinematographic journey in stages curated by Roberto Figazzolo

The event is part of the project The Park of Splendour: Pavia, Certosa and Belgioioso on the paths. Knowledge, identity and discovery of known and unknown places, supported by the Lombardy Region as part of the Integrated Cultural Plans (PIC).

Before each of these films, videomaker Roberto Figazzolo will present and screen clips 'that miraculously combine faith and architecture, philosophy and beauty, rigour and expressive richness':

29 April at 18:30 - La Ricotta (Italy 1963) by Pier Paolo Pasolini (35′)
Short films: - Tadao Ando and the Foundation Frate Sole : analysis of an award by Remo Dorigati
- Alvaro Siza and the church of Santa Maria di Marco de Canaveses (part one)

6May at 18:30 - Andrej Rublëv (USSR 1969) by Andrej Tarkovskij (185′)
Short film: Alvaro Siza and the church of Santa Maria de Marco de Canaveses (part two)

13 May at 18:30 - The Seventh Seal (Sweden 1957) by Ingmar Bergman (95′)
Short film: John Pawson's deputy prior Romaric of Novi Dvur Monastery in Czech Republic (part one)

20 May at 18:30 - Il sentiero blu (Italy 2022) by Gabriele Vacis (90′)
Short film: John Pawson's deputy prior Romaric of Novi Dvur Monastery in Czech Republic (part 2)

"In the spring of 2012, on the occasion of the 5th edition of the International Prize for Sacred Architecture organised by the Foundation Frate Sole in Pavia, I was sent to Rome, Porto in Portugal and Novi Dvur in the Czech Republic to collect images and testimonies from the winners of the first four editions of the internationally renowned "Oscar of Sacred Architecture" held in Pavia every four years.

The experience was very engaging. Especially in Porto and in the Czech Republic with the interviews with archistar Alvaro Siza and frate Romaric, deputy prior of the Novi Dvur Monastery.

In both cases, the very simple, almost Franciscan approach to the subject led the two protagonists to take part in a dense and iconic dialogue, rich in suggestions and very sincere at the same time.

Only after almost ten years, as if through a long process of distillation, can I now present these five pills that miraculously combine faith and architecture, philosophy and beauty, rigour and expressive richness."

Text by Roberto Figazzolo.

Tickets can be purchased: via the online ticket office or at the physical ticket office of the Cineteatro Politeama in Pavia, Corso Cavour 20, which opens half an hour before each screening and on Saturdays and Sundays from 3.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Single ticket 4€ - Subscription to all 4 films 10€.

Press review:
La Provincia Pavese

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Koine 2021

Koine 2021

The Foundation Frate Sole has been invited to participate in Koinè, the international fair of religious art, which will be held in Vicenza from 24 to 26 October 2021.

The Foundation Frate Sole will actively participate with meetings and exhibitions:

- Monday 25 at 5.30 p.m. will discuss the Sacred Architecture Awards Frate Sole with
. Monsignor Fabrizio Capanni of the Pontifical Council for Culture
. arch. Luigi Leoni, President of the Foundation Frate Sole
. the winner of the2020 edition (Prize for Built Churches) arch. Axel Frühauf
. the winner of the2021 edition (Prize for churches designed during university theses) arch. Francesco Menegato;

- from Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 with works by Father Costantino in dedicated exhibition areas:
. OBJECTS FOR LITURGICAL USE European production scenario;
. THE GLORIOUS MISSIONARY CROSS contemporary interpretations;
. THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT contemporary european stained glass windows and mosaics;
. THE SACRED ARCHITECTURE AWARD "FRATE SOLE ". Projects, sketches from the main editions.

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December 19, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. presentation of the volume

December 19, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. presentation of the volume


On December 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Diocesan Museum of Brescia, in collaboration with the Foundation Frate Sole, will host a webinar presentation of the book "Father Costantino Ruggeri artista francescano" (Silvana Editoriale), a volume (edited by Prof. Maria Antonietta Crippa) that brings together the works of this versatile artist from Brescia.
It will be a deepening inherent in the artistic career of Father Costantino, painter, sculptor and builder of more than 30 churches; true innovator of sacred art and creator of the Foundation Frate Sole .

The webinar can be followed on the Foundation's Facebook page Frate Sole
For those who wish to follow it from the Zoom platform, you must register with the secretariat:

Speakers will be:
Monsignor Gabriele Filippini - Director of the Diocesan Museum of Brescia
Arch. Luigi Leoni - President of the Foundation Frate Sole of Pavia
Prof. Maria Antonietta Crippa - Curator, Lecturer Politecnico di Milano
Prof. Giorgio Azzoni - Lecturer at the SantaGiulia Academy of Fine Arts in Brescia

Alberto Cividati - Artistic Director Diocesan Museum of Brescia

For information and registration:

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17 July 2020 - 6.00 p.m. opening of the exhibition

17 July 2020 - 6.00 p.m. opening of the exhibition

"From matter to form"
Unpublished works of Costantino roars

Seventy works by Costantino Ruggeri created at the turn of the sixties and seventies.

They are the heart of the monographic exhibition on the frate artist proposed by the Department of Culture of the City of Pavia in collaboration with the FoundationFrate Sole. On Saturday 18th July the Broletto di Pavia will open in the exhibition space; the exhibition will remain and can be visited until 4th October.

The title is "From Matter to Form".

The works present interesting surroundings with the fortunate poor current founded by the recently deceased critic Germano Celant. "Matter becomes form" marks in 1967 the birth of the Arte Povera movement held in baptism by the same art critic who characterizes it with these words: " reducing to the minimum, in impoverishing the signs, to reduce them to their archetypes".

In the historic exhibition entitled "Arte povera - Im Spazio" held at the "La Bertesca" gallery in Genoa, Celant presents the artists and the theoretical foundation of the new current that lies outside the art system. In the exhibition appear the names of Fabro, Bignardi, Boetti, Kounellis, to which will be added later Paladino, Merz and others.

The newborn current identifies itself in these words: "First comes man and then the system".

"Celant speaks of a 'poor art, engaged with contingency, with the event, with the anthropological conception and with the real man - they explain to the Department of Culture - The meeting point between the absolute of beauty and the relative of the forms in which it is indicated, represents an always new starting point in the experience of an artist, difficult to express it in words because it must express itself in situations, essential signs, unpredictable openings, always new, in rigorous solutions as much as free and liberal".

In this sense, the exhibition aims to enhance and promote the work of recovery of materials carried out by Costantino Ruggeri, a frate Franciscan but also an artist attentive to all the breaking movements that arise as a reaction to the socio-political climate of the seventies.

Ruggeri graduated from the Brera Academy in 1962 and made friends with his fellow students Roberto Crippa, Lucio Fontana, Gianni Dova, Marino Marini, Alberto Burri. Since 1964, Ruggeri has developed a lively dialogue with matter, with walls, with spaces in relation to light. Through this research, he Costantino arrived at the most humble materials: packaging cardboard, cellophane, threads of refe, polystyrene, wooden boards that he found in landfills and deposits of unused materials.

The first works of this period are the Forme Bianche (White Forms), elaborated with salvaged objects that are striking for their essentiality. They are followed by the Black Shapes, which are rarer and counterbalance the absolute white. But the most complete formulation of Costantino Ruggeri's innovative conception of sculpture is identified with "Le celle", three-dimensional works in which he uses a thick cardboard folding it in the shape of a parallelepiped, totally covered with a layer of plaster and white paint, such as to make the object immaculate. - La Provincia Pavese, 9 July 2020 -

Pavia, Palazzo del Broletto, Spazio Arti contemporanee. From 18 July to 4 October 2020.

The exhibition will be open every day from 11 am to 6 pm. Tuesday closed.

Free entrance 

6 December 2019 - 5.30 p.m. presentation volume

6 December 2019 - 5.30 p.m. presentation volume

Presentation of the volume
Father CostantinoRuggeri - Franciscan artist

by prof.ssa Maria Antonietta Crippa 

Pavia, Friday 6 December 2019

Broletto Palace

Fireplace Hall

5.30 p.m.

interventions of:

don Umberto Bordoni - Christian art today
prof. Paolo Campiglio - The art of P. CostantinoRuggeri
prof.ssa Maria Teresa Mazzilli - The cultural assets of the Father Church
father Pasquale Ghezzi - A Franciscan artist

introduces and moderates Dr. Alessandro Beltrami

Friday, December 6 at 17:30 at the Sala del Camino del Broletto in Pavia, Piazza Vittoria, will present the volume edited by "Padre CostantinoRuggeri - Franciscan artist", edited by Prof. Maria Antonietta Crippa.

With this publication the Foundation FrateSolepays tribute to its founder, a great figure of artist, FrateFranciscan and priest who, in over sixty years of fervent activity, has dedicated himself with commitment and passion to contemporary sacred art in its many forms, through an artistic research characterized by the joy of the Franciscan spirit.

A unique artist active throughout the second half of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century, he left a legacy - in paintings, sculptures, liturgical furnishings and furnishings, stained-glass windows and churches - that attests to his modern dialogue and skilful synthesis between the contributions of the artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century and iconographic and symbolic innovations anchored in the Christian tradition.

This book aims to offer a first historicization, to which they have chorally contributed: Giorgio Azzoni, Carlo Cavallari, Maria Antonietta Crippa, Mario Favretto, Luigi Leoni, Roberta Manara, Massimo Ravazzano, Carmen Romagnano, Chiara Rovati, Nicoletta Scherillo, Andrea Vaccari, Virtus Zallot, Ferdinando Zanzottera.

The book is published by Silvana Editoriale, with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and Fondazione Comunitaria of the Province of Pavia; it is sponsored by the Municipality of Pavia, the National Office for Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage and Religious Buildings, the Province of St. Anthony of the Friars Minor, the Diocese of Pavia; with the collaboration of the Institute for the History of Art Lombarda.

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Stenographies of the Costantinoroaring soul

Stenographies of the Costantinoroaring soul


The Foundation Frate Sole , in collaboration with theKantharos Cultural Association, presented Thursday, October 4, 2018, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at the Church of Saints James and Philip a remembrance of father Costantino Ruggeri.

During this event, centered on the figure of Father Costantino Ruggeri, was held the conference of Professor of Politecnico di Milano Maria Antonietta crippa on epigraphical symbols and modern art in the search for Frate Artist.

On the premises where the supper was held, unpublished works of father were exhibited Costantino Ruggeri.

The wines were kindly offered by the cellars Terra Moretti And G.D. Vajra.

The event was sponsored by the Commune of Pavia and the Eucentre Foundation.

Thank Massi Ravazzano for the photographs

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