Riccardo Bigi: Filippo Rossi 'Gratitude for a call unexpected'.
Toscana Oggi, 26 November 2009.

Filippo Rossi: "Gratitude for a call unexpected"

'E' an important mission, and a great responsibility that the Pope has entrusted to us as artists: to bring hope in a world that increasingly needs. " Filippo Rossi, a Florentine painter and art historian, was the youngest of the artists at the historic meeting last Saturday in the Sistine Chapel. "A great opportunity for me, and also a wonderful surprise I felt a sense of a personal call, the culmination of a journey of expression of the sacred through art that I'm carrying on for several years."

The thing that struck him, however, was seeing his own sense of gratitude for this invitation by surprise even the most established artists of him: "There were around me the greatest names in contemporary art, happy the fact that the Church would go to them: the air we breathed was that of a sincere willingness to make themselves available to work together. " A desire to 'break the sacred "that has convinced many people away from paths of faith: the artists who have recognized the value of the appeal that the Pope has addressed them.

The 'goodbye' at the end with which (as it did Paul VI), the Pope ended his speech did not appear then a formal gesture, "Ravasi has already given us some concrete indications in this sense - explains Filippo Rossi - from by the Church's presence at the next Venice Biennale. "

There are assumptions, then, to borrow a common path between art and faith? "Surely - Rossi says - because it is Ravasi that the Pope has been very frank in admitting that at one point there was a fracture, and that is useful and necessary for the good of everyone together again." Precisely the Church, however, often looks with distrust of contemporary art ... "This is partly true - recognizes Rossi - for example there is the idea that abstract art is not suitable to express religious content. But I, I come from a formation of figurative art, I took the road of abstraction with the belief that abstract art has so many tools (symbols, archetypal images ...) to eprimere a message that can also be, as in my case, a message of faith. " Contrary: abstract art forces the author to get involved, to explain the sigificato of his work that can not be immediately perceived by the observer. The important thing is that, as the pope said, even in the depiction of the drama or pain there is a look at the mystery, a glimmer of hope. On the other hand, recalls Rossi, also the first Christian art was figurative, but made of symbols, images, precisely because of their evocative power, still speak to us.

Anyone wishing to know more of this young Florentine artist and his works can be found at www.filipporossi.info
R. B