Venice Biennale

Vatican presence at Venice Biennale slips to 2013



Disappointing news for those who want to see what contemporary art the Vatican favours. Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, says: “The Holy

See wants to choose the

best contemporary art and

not expose itself to criticism.” Many artists are offering themselves, but few—perhaps none of these—will be chosen. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of culture for the

Vatican, has already let it

be known that he considers most modern church art appalling.

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