Rosa Mystica window unveiled for the first time since WWII at the Glucksman

A unique and spiritual exhibition entitled “The Sacred Modernist: Josef Albers as a Catholic Artist” has opened at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.    The exhibition includes Albers early drawings of churches and cathedrals, as well as his world famous Homages to the Square.
The highlight of the exhibition is undoubtedly the Rosa Mystica window, a stunning stained glass window created by Josef Alber in 1917 for St. Michael’s Church in his hometown of Bottrop, Germany and which was destroyed in World War II.  The Josef and Anni Albers foundation commissioned this replica using the only known colour study of the original window.  Rosa Mystica is on display for the first time internationally at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC. The stained glass element of the exhibition has particular resonance in UCC where the Honan Chapel houses the remarkable windows of Harry Clarke.

The Sacred Modernist: Josef Albers as a Catholic Artist exhibition opened on 6 April and will run until 8 July 2012, and an extensive programme of talks, screenings, courses and workshops will take place throughout the course of the exhibition.

Fiona Kearney, Director at the Lewis Glucksman said “It is thrilling to see the beautiful stained glass window glowing with light in the gallery. Our visitors will be the first people to see this work since it was destroyed in World War II so it is a wonderful coup for the Glucksman Gallery in UCC.  It is really exciting for us to present the window along with Albers’s world-famous Homages to the Square.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with contributions from curatorial, architectural, literary and spiritual perspectives on Alber’s work including writer Colm TobĂ­n and Abbott of Glenstal Abbey and Mark Patrick Hederman.

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery will be open for the Easter Weekend and closed on Monday.  Normal opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and on Sunday, 2pm-5pm.  The Gallery will be open during the Easter weekend, however it will be closed on Easter Monday. Entry to the exhibition is free with a suggested €5 donation. 

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