The exhibition will be on display from September 13 to October 19, 2016.
Admission is free.
Apostolic travels of Pope John Paul II underlined one of the essential elements of his pontificate. They were undoubtedly a particular phenomenon in the history of the church. Never before had any pope embarked on so many and so frequent trips outside of the Holy See. The precursor of such trips was John XXIII, who visited Assisi and Loreto. Then there was Pope Paul VI who set out not only to European countries, but also reached to Jerusalem, Africa and Australia. However, it was only the time of the Polish Pope, called by many "times of the pontificate without borders", that made a particular change and provided a real breakthrough. John Paul II said at Jasna Gora on13 VI.1987: Wherever I can, I visit countries (...) the universal Church through the various local Churches in different countries and on different continents. I have become such a wandering shepherd, wandering Pope, and in this way I wish to serve the Universal Church and the Church in different countries of the world, among different peoples and nations, as much as I can afford it."
Theologians see in papal journeys his particular way to spread the idea of the evangelization of the world. During the 25 years of his pilgrimage, Pope John Paul II made 104 foreign trips, visited more than 130 countries and about 900 cities and towns. He reappeared in some places a number of times. Outside of Italy, the Pope spent 588 days. All the meetings with the Pope were attended by hundreds of thousands or even millions of the faithful who, on a number of occasions, came from the areas very distant from the site of the meeting. Thanks to his activity, John Paul II was probably the most recognizable man on earth. During papal pilgrimages there was an unusual atmosphere, while the participants gained a sense of strength, unity and solidarity. People in the world were fascinated by Pope John Paul II and, in gratitude for his teachings, remembered him.
This memory has taken on various forms and shades. Monuments and statues that can be found all over the world (there are about 200 statues of the Pope in the world and 700 in Poland) and commemorative plaques are the most visible manifestation of this memory. During the consecutive years of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II a number of portrait medals were also designed by the Polish medallist Józef Stasiński who later dedicated and handed them to the pope. The obverse sides of the pontifical medals show the changing silhouette of the Pope, whereas the reverse show the important events related to the Pope and the Church activity.
This exhibition is my attempt to draw attention to these manifestations and to share my discoveries with a larger audience. In the exhibition, we present papal statues erected in different towns in the Wielkopolska region and in a number of countries which the Pope visited during his papacy. The main goal is to show the special and unique atmosphere of these places. The role of sculpture is to provide a visible proof of both the necessity and the possibility of spirit's own embodiment. All these statues show how important a figure he was not only for the Poles, but for the whole world.
Informację wprowadził/a: Joanna Zadarko