Mysterium Ultimum – Sacred art exhibition by Aaron Formosa
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‘Mysterium Ultimum,’ an exhibition of Sacred Art by the Gozitan artist Aaron Formosa, opens next Saturday at the Gozo Seminary Exhibition Hall, Enrico Mizzi Street, Victoria, Gozo.
The exhibition features several paintings which depict important or significant episodes in the life of Jesus and Mary and other mysteries of the Catholic Faith: the Crucifixion, Nativity, Transfiguration and Ascension of Jesus in Heaven, the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, the Last Supper, the Emmaus episode, Jesus walking on the sea and Jesus walking with his disciples, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and several others.
The collection on show will also comprise of two portraits featuring Pope John Paul II and another of St. George Preca.
The artist said that “the exhibition will feature works that tend towards naturalism, as well as others that are quite impressionistic in style. At times this naturalism or impressionism turns into a form of semi-abstraction. Figures become at times loosely sketched and the atmosphere becomes hazy and dim. This darkness seems to point to the darkness of the ‘Mysterium Ultimum,’ the ‘Ultimate or Fundamental Mystery’ which is God. God too is dark in the sense that He is beyond human thought and comprehension; He is ineffable.”
Aaron Formosa was born in Victoria, Gozo in 1980. He holds an MA degree in philosophy from the University of Malta. He said that he is basically a self-taught artist.
His works are found in local and foreign collections. He has participated in various collective art exhibitions and ‘Mysterium Ultimum’ is Aaron’s first solo art exhibition.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by H.E. Bishop Mario Grech on Saturday, the 23rd of March, 2013 at 6.00pm.
The opening days and opening hours for the general public are as follows:
24th March: 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm
25th till 27th March: 9am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
28th March: 9am-4pm and 9pm-11pm
29th March: 9-12pm
30th & 31st March: 9am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
1st till 3rd April: 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm.