In 800 years of their history, many Dominicans (nuns, sisters, friars, and members of the laity) have been involved in the Arts. All over the world, art works by Dominicans are to be found in many churches, monasteries, Dominican institutions and places where Dominicans live and work.
To mark the 800th anniversary of the approval of the naming of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans – various artists from around the world were invited to hang a piece of their work at the world headquarters for the Dominican Friars at Santa Sabina in Rome from late 2016 through to early 2017.
Contemporary Dominican artists use a variety of mediums and techniques in their work and cover many different themes. Some works depict Dominican saints and those beatified, while others feature topics and themes a round Dominican prayer and spirituality. At the same time, other Dominican artists paint landscapes or portraits and yet others create abstract works on canvass, in sculpture or in stained glass.
Some of these works, such as those by Fr Kim En Joong OP, are now beginning to be discovered in Australia. The Korean born Dominican who lives in Paris, has won many awards for his work which are to be found in many churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and galleries in Europe. Early in 2017 an exhibition of his work will be held in the Vatican. His work has, till now, never been exhibited anywhere in Australia.
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