Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is hosting an exhibition by Ludmila Pawlowska of art inspired by icons from 11 June to 19 July. Includes podcast.


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Miriam Gormally met Ludmila Pawlowska, who is the artist and the Canon of Christ Church, Patrick Comerford to ask them about the significance of this exhibition. She began by asking Ludmila what drew her to creating art that was inspired by icons.


Ludmila Pawlowska, Artist

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Exhibition – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 11 June – 19 July 2009

The work of celebrated Russian-born, Sweden-resident artist, Ludmila Pawlowska will be highlighted at a major exhibition in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from Thursday 11 June to Sunday 19 July 2009. The exhibition will be the only Irish stop on an international tour that takes in Cathedrals and Churches throughout Europe including venues in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

During the exhibition the Cathedral will be transformed with the hanging 12 monumental works entitled “your face I am looking for” between the pillars in the nave. Visitors to the Cathedral will also be able to view approximately 100 contemporary art work by Ludmila inspired by Icons and around 25 traditional Russian Icons from the workshop of the Vassilevsky Monastery in Suzdal and the workshop of Danilov Monastery in Moscow.

According to Ludmilla, “Christ Church Cathedral is a beautiful and perfect space for such an exhibition where a spirit of icons is mixed with a contemporary approach; we use floor, walls and roof for different art technique which will be presented: icons, paintings, sculpture, installation, photography and slideshow with projectors.”

Ludmila was drawn to Icons following the death of her mother. She recalled,

“I have been able to work through sorrow with help of my painting. This short step between life and death sharpened my awareness of the existential issues of life and my subjects took on an ethereal aspect and has been inspired of Russian icon tradition.

In my art I also use the icon symbolism of colours – especially: Blue, as the colour of the sky/Heaven – the mystery of divine life. Red is firstly the symbol of life – the life that Christ gave humanity through the shedding of his blood. Gold, the divine light – not regarded as a colour but as a form of light. What fascinates me most in the art of icons is the deep sensitivity they radiate. When I am looking at an icon I am irresistibly attracted.”

Entrance to the exhibition will be included in the admission price to the Cathedral (Adult: 6 Seniors 4 Students 3).

Lectures – 27 June

As part of the month-long exhibition, on Saturday 27 June there will be a series of lectures on Icons in Liturgy and Culture. Speakers will include Fr Gregory Collins, Tim Thurston of Lyric FM and Dr Sarah Smyth of the Department of Russian and Slavonic studies in Trinity College Dublin.

The lectures start at 11am, there will be 2 lectures in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. At 5pm, the Cathedral choir will sing a special service reflecting the theme of the exhibtion.