THE COLORS AND THE MYSTERY: A BOOK ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC CREATED BY RUPNIK IN LENNO (LAKE COMO)

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An extension of 50 square meters. Almost 20 thousand colored stones and glasses tiles. These numbers summarized an extraordinary artwork: the mosaic that Slovenian artist Marko Rupnik has created on the walls of the chapel of Suore Adoratrici at the Spirituality Center in Lenno ( Lake Como, Italy).  Now a beautiful book ( “Adorationis Mysterium”) published in Italy by Velar presents pictures and texts about this incredible work created by the great Slovenian artist.

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Rupnik’s masterpiece – articulated in the scenes of the Nativity and Moses salvation – is a veritable feast of colors conceived, designed and made with meticulous care, great creativity and exceptional talent. Each little stone, every color and every hue are referring to spiritual, religious, cultural and social meanings.

They are mixed and fused in a fascinating tale that brings together two distinct stories – Moses saved from the waters and the Birth of Jesus – in an unique and impressive performance. Marko Rupnik mosaic is not only an incredible artwork, but also and above all an expression of the mystery, whose basic theological idea is this: as the matter changes if it is illuminated by natural light, so human heart may do wonders if it is opened to the Light.

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The work was completed in five days during June 2007. Marko Rupnik lead a 11 persons team from different nationalities, formed and supported by competent people who deal with theological, symbolic, historical, iconographic and artistic point of view about the images to create. The harmony we admire in the mosaic is also the result of the fraternity that artists lived together, respecting single diversity and identity. While each artist composed his mosaic’s part, silence prevailed. Each artist has to dialogue with the stones. And the stones answer, obey and communicate with heart’s artist.

Roberto Alborghetti

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ABOUT MARKO RUPNIK

Marko Ivan Rupnik was born November 28, 1954 in Zadlog, Slovenia near Idrija. He is the fourth child, after three sisters. He studied philosophy in Ljubljana and then, in 1977, enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome followed. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1991 he earned a doctorate. Since September of 1991 he has lived and worked in Rome at the Centro Aletti, of which he is the director. He teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and gives seminars and lectures at numerous other European academic institutions. In February 2000 he received the “France Preseren” Award, the Slovenian Republic’s highest recognition for contributions to the cultural patrimony. In 2002 he was decorated with the honor “Sign of honor of the freedom of the Slovenian Republic”, conferred on him by the president of the republic. In 2003 he received the international “Beato Angelico” prize for Europe. Besides many collective exhibits he has presented his works in personal exhibits among which those in Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy; Baltimore, Maryland USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Czech Republic; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Cluj, Romania. He created lot of artworks in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Syria, USA, Spain.

SPEAKING WITH THE STONES: THE MARKO RUPNIK’S MOSAIC IN LENNO (COMO LAKE, ITALY)

“In the universe heart, the light brings out two particularly intense colors: red and blue”.

SECOND PART

 The beautiful mosaic dedicated to Nativity and Moses salvation – at Spirituality Center of Suore Adoratrici in Lenno (Como Lake, Italy) – is a wonderful synthesis and expression of Rupnik, who on several occasions pointed out the significance of his artistic activities, focused on the Light and based on the Light research. Marko Rupnik says: “The world is understood only in light. Things, objects, nature and man himself are only understood in the light. According to the Creator and His Wisdom, the truth is the light of the world and all that exists. But man can not look at the light. It would be too much! The source of light is behind and beyond. Here are the colors. The experience of light is the colors festival!”

Yes, the colors. Marko Rupnik says: “When matter exudes light, it tinges with color. The colors testify the world soul. Things are alive and the universe has its own heart. The color is the flesh of the world. The color is related to the universe matter. The universe is colorful. In a certain sense, it is the color. But is the light that makes us seeing it. The color and the light: they are an indivisible unity.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF RED AND BLUE COLORS

Rupnik says: “I learned that black is a color that highlights the red and blue … Death entered the world through the envy. Waiting for the morning light, during long nights, I’ve learned that persons are doing bad only because of envy. But I realized that I should be focused on red and blue colors… In the universe heart, the light brings out two particularly intense colors: red and blue. The Christians of the first millennium recognized the divine in the red color and the human in the blue. The red and blue are the unshakable foundation of the colors harmony. Getting to maturity and finding our own identity means to find in ourselves the red and blue harmony”.

WE MUST HEAR THE STONES”

On the relationship between artist and stone, Rupnik said: “When we cut a stone, we must hear it, we must be tuned in it, avoiding to go down with force and imposing our will. An artwork is borning from a dialogue in which the artist collaborates with matter in a mutual help bringing out to light the deepest meaning. Imposing our will makes a bad service to art and deceives us in life. In the mosaic, the spaces between the figures should be treated with equal attention and creative force as the figures themselves. The figures are like words, they are such as speeches. The spaces role is creating the right condition by which we can take up these words. The eye glides over the stones colors and movements; so we may hear a beauty echo in the soul. And only the beauty – because love is realized – is capable to create the right attitude to listen and understand. “

I remained speechless – as other visitors – admiring the Marko Rupnik ‘s mosaic created in Lenno, on Como Lake. A masterpiece of light, color, mistery.

Roberto Alborghetti

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ABOUT MARKO RUPNIK

Marko Ivan Rupnik was born November 28, 1954 in Zadlog, Slovenia near Idrija. He is the fourth child, after three sisters. He studied philosophy in Ljubljana and then, in 1977, enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome followed. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1991 he earned a doctorate. Since September of 1991 he has lived and worked in Rome at the Centro Aletti, of which he is the director. He teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and gives seminars and lectures at numerous other European academic institutions. In February 2000 he received the “France Preseren” Award, the Slovenian Republic’s highest recognition for contributions to the cultural patrimony. In 2002 he was decorated with the honor “Sign of honor of the freedom of the Slovenian Republic”, conferred on him by the president of the republic. In 2003 he received the international “Beato Angelico” prize for Europe. Besides many collective exhibits he has presented his works in personal exhibits among which those in Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy; Baltimore, Maryland USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Czech Republic; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Cluj, Romania. He created lot of artworks in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Syria, USA, Spain.

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PARLANDO CON LE PIETRE: IL MOSAICO DI RUPNIK A LENNO (LAGO DI COMO)

Il mosaico di Lenno – presso il Centro di Spiritualità delle Suore Adoratrici a Lenno (Como) – è una mirabile sintesi ed espressione dell’artista slavo Rupnik, che in più occasione ha ricordato il significato della sua attività artistica, incentrata sulla Luce e sulla ricerca della Luce. Dice Marko Rupnik: “Il mondo si capisce solo nella luce. Le cose, gli oggetti, la natura e l’uomo stesso si capiscono solo sullo sfondo della luce. Anzi, alla luce. Secondo il Creatore e la sua Sapienza, è la luce la verità del mondo e di tutto ciò che esiste. Ma l’uomo non può guardare la luce. Sarebbe troppo. La fonte della luce rimane dietro, al di là. Qui ci sono i colori. L’esperienza della luce è la festa dei colori.”

E sui colori: “Quando la materia trasuda di luce, si tinge di colori. I colori testimoniano l’anima del mondo. La materia ha una sua volontà. Il mondo ha una propria anima. Le cose sono vive e l’universo ha il suo cuore. Il colore è la carne del mondo. Il colore è legato alla materia dell’universo. Il creato è colorato. Anzi, in un certo senso, è colore. Ma è la luce che ce lo fa vedere. Il colore e la luce, un’unità inscindibile.”

 Dice ancora Rupnik: “Ho imparato che il nero è un colore che evidenzia il rosso e il blu… La morte è entrata nel mondo per l’invidia. Aspettando il chiarore del mattino, attraverso lunghe notti, ho costatato alla luce che tanti si agitano, anche sotto l’apparenza del bene, muovendo il male solo a motivo dell’invidia. Ma ho capito che conviene essere concentrati sul rosso e sul blu… Nel cuore dell’universo, la luce evidenzia due colori particolarmente intensi: il rosso e il blu. I cristiani del primo millennio riconoscevano nel rosso il divino e nel blu l’umano. Il rosso e il blu sono il fondamento incrollabile dell’armonia dei colori. Arrivare alla maturità e scoprire la propria identità significa trovare in sé l’armonia del rosso-blu.”

Sul rapporto tra artista e pietra, dice Rupnik: “Per tagliare una pietra, bisogna sentirla, bisogna tenerne conto e non andare giù con forza, semplicemente imponendo la nostra volontà. Un’opera d’arte nasce da un dialogo, dove l’artista collabora con la materia in un aiuto reciproco per farne uscire alla luce il senso profondo. L’affermazione della propria volontà rende un brutto servizio all’arte e ci inganna nella vita. Nel mosaico, gli spazi tra le figure vanno curati con altrettanta attenzione e forza creativa che le figure stesse. Le figure sono come le parole, come i discorsi. Il compito degli spazi tra di loro è allora creare quello stato necessario nel cuore affinché siamo in grado di accogliere queste parole. Lo sguardo scivola sui colori, sui movimenti, sulle pietre, e nell’anima nasce un’eco di bellezza. E la bellezza, proprio perché è l’amore realizzato, è forse l’unica capace di creare l’atteggiamento giusto per sentire e comprendere.”

Anch’io rimango senza parole davanti al capolavoro che Marko Rupnik ha realizzato a Lenno, sul Lago di Como. Capolavoro di luce, di colori, di creatività.

Roberto Alborghetti

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THE COLORS OF MYSTERY: THE EXTRAORDINARY RUPNIK ‘S MOSAIC ON LAKE COMO (ITALY)

 Lenno (Lake Como, Italy): one of the masterpieces created by the great Slovenian artist

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 An extension of 50 square meters. Almost 20 thousand colored stones and glasses tiles. These numbers summarized an extraordinary artwork: the mosaic that Slovenian artist Marko Rupnik has created on the walls of the chapel of Suore Adoratrici at the Spirituality Center in Lenno ( Lake Como, Italy). Rupnik’s work – articulated in the scenes of the Nativity and Moses salvation – is a veritable feast of colors conceived, designed and made with meticulous care, great creativity and exceptional talent. Each little stone, every color and every hue are referring to spiritual, religious, cultural and social meanings.

They are mixed and fused in a fascinating tale that brings together two distinct stories – Moses saved from the waters and the Birth of Jesus – in an unique and impressive performance. Marko Rupnik mosaic is not only an incredible artwork, but also and above all an expression of the mystery, whose basic theological idea is this: as the matter changes if it is illuminated by natural light, so human heart may do wonders if it is opened to the Light.

The work was completed in five days during June 2007. Marko Rupnik lead a 11 persons team from different nationalities, formed and supported by competent people who deal with theological, symbolic, historical, iconographic and artistic point of view about the images to create. The harmony we admire in the mosaic is also the result of the fraternity that artists lived together, respecting single diversity and identity. While each artist composed his mosaic’s part, silence prevailed. Each artist has to dialogue with the stones. And the stones answer, obey and communicate with heart’s artist.

Roberto Alborghetti

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 ABOUT MARKO RUPNIK

Marko Ivan Rupnik was born November 28, 1954 in Zadlog, Slovenia near Idrija. He is the fourth child, after three sisters. He studied philosophy in Ljubljana and then, in 1977, enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome followed. He was ordained a priest in 1985. In 1991 he earned a doctorate. Since September of 1991 he has lived and worked in Rome at the Centro Aletti, of which he is the director. He teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and gives seminars and lectures at numerous other European academic institutions. In February 2000 he received the “France Preseren” Award, the Slovenian Republic’s highest recognition for contributions to the cultural patrimony. In 2002 he was decorated with the honor “Sign of honor of the freedom of the Slovenian Republic”, conferred on him by the president of the republic. In 2003 he received the international “Beato Angelico” prize for Europe. Besides many collective exhibits he has presented his works in personal exhibits among which those in Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy; Baltimore, Maryland USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Czech Republic; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Cluj, Romania. He created lot of artworks in Italy, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Syria, USA, Spain.

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ITALIAN VERSION

I COLORI DEL MISTERO: LO STRAORDINARIO MOSAICO DI RUPNIK SUL LAGO DI COMO

PRIMA PARTE

 Cinquanta metri quadri di estensione. Quasi ventimila tessere colorate, in pietra ed in vetro. Dentro questi numeri è riassunta una straordinaria opera d’arte: il mosaico che l’artista Marko Rupnik ha creato sulle pareti della cappella del Centro di Spiritualità delle Suore Adoratrici in Lenno, Como. L’opera di Rupnik – articolata nelle scene della Natività e di Mosè salvato dalle acque – è una vera e propria festa di colori, che l’artista ha ideato, progettato e composto con cura meticolosa, creatività, eccezionale bravura.

Ogni pietra incastonata nel muro, ogni tinta ed ogni colore rimandano a precisi significati spirituali, religiosi, culturali e sociali che si fondono in un suggestivo racconto che riunisce le due distinte storie – Mosè e la Nascita di Gesù – in una unica e grandiosa rappresentazione. Il mosaico di Marko Rupnik non è solo opera d’arte, ma espressione del Mistero; la sua idea teologica di fondo è questa: come la materia creata se illuminata dalla luce naturale subisce cambiamenti, variazioni così a maggior ragione quando il cuore dell’uomo è toccato dalla Luce può operare meraviglie e trasformazioni!

L’opera è stata realizzata nel giugno 2007 e compiuta In cinque giorni. L’ equipe era formata da 11 persone di diverse nazionalità, guidata da Rupnik. Il gruppo è formato e supportato da persone competenti che affrontano dal punto di vista teologico,simbolico,storico, iconografico e artistico le immagini che poi dovranno realizzare nel cantiere.

L’armonia che cogliamo nel mosaico è anche frutto della fraternità che gli artisti vivono fra loro e dove la diversità diventa ricchezza. Mentre ciascun artista componeva la sua parte di mosaico, il silenzio dominava. Ogni artista deve instaurare un dialogo con la pietra, che “risponde”, obbedisce e viene ascoltata dal cuore umano.

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