Keywords: Contemporary art collection, Vatican Museums, objectives and protagonists of the initiative, acquisitions and donations
The author is the director of the Contemporary Art Collection in the
Vatican museums and recalls here the political and religious objectives and
the cultural choices at the basis of the creation of this Collection and its
opening to the public in the second half of the Twentieth century. From
the speech of Pope Paul VI Montini, who in 1964 invited the art world
to reopen its dialogue with the Catholic church, to the task of those in the
Vatican in charge of contacts with artists and acquisitions: the protagonists
and the significant stages of this veritable cultural project are recorded here
with much information concerning works acquired or received in donation.
This new commitment of the Church sparked off the generosity of
institutions, businesses and families in increasing the collection, right up
to contributing to the mounting of the space in the Vatican Museums
destined to contemporary art.