The "Per Artem Ad Deum" conference has for the first been included in the rich and diversified programme of SACROEXPO - the church art and architecture expo held in Targi Kielce from 12 to 14 June. This year's three laureates of the Pontifical Council for Culture's "Per Artem ad Deum" were bestowed with the Medal during the Gala Evening at the Targi Kielce Congress Centre in 13 June
The conference opened with Rev. Professor Michał Heller's presentation. In his lecture Professor demonstrated that the universe is a work of art and science itself can be compared to the work of an artist. In his presentation Professor made a reference to numerous works of impressionists and presented the concepts of light in physics and the perfection of the universe. His lecture aroused a great interest of those gathered in the auditorium. Questions asked after the lecture turned into the second part of the lecture of the esteemed theologian and cosmologist.
Claudia Henzler - the Austrian photographer was interviewed by Milosz Horodyski - she spoke about her works, sources of inspiration, beauty hidden in images and the quest for this beauty. The artist showed the strong role of faith in her works. She recalls that before starting work, she often prays to God asking to lead her hand.
Another laureate - the world-famous theologian and sociologist from Prague- Rev. Professor Tomasz Halik outlined the model of today's civilization. He sees the breakthrough time in Christianity. This tipping point is marked with the Pope Francis' pontificate. In his lecture he pointed out that the Church should reach out to people in order to find them again.
The conference also featured the 2008's Per Artem Ad Deum laureate - the creator of the Arts Theatre of the Catholic University of Lublin Professor Leszek Mądzik. Professor Mądzik analysed the tensions between the elements of art in faith and faith in art.
All speakers generated a keen interest among the audiences. There were questions, counter-points and polemics. The conference has for the first time accompanied the SACROEXPO is definitely an important event which should see a continuation. The meeting was chaired and supplemented with apt comments and digressions of Milosz Horodyski - a film and television producer, the deputy director of TVP3 Kraków.
The Per Artem ad Deum Medal has been awarded at the Targi Kielce' SACROEXPO since 2005 - it is bestowed to people who largely contribute to the to promotion of dialogue between the diversity of cultures in the contemporary world and thus promote man as an individual.