Keiichi Tahara, Eglise de pélerinage Sainte-Marie-des-Neiges, autel Saint Joseph, 1742

“The Croatian Cherubs”


By Keiichi Tahara

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

This is a journey into the heart of Croatia and Slovenia to discover a long lost baroque art. At a time when these countries at the confines of Christianity were threatened by the advance of the Turkish armies, baroque art experienced an exceptional blooming. The unknown or renowned artists, influenced by Italian, German and Central-European art, had to adjust their talents to the expressive vitality of popular traditions. The silent cherubs that the photographer Keiichi Tahara brings back to life in this exhibition bear witness to the moving grace of an heritage that is still poorly known. “Remote from the beauties imposed by the powers that be, this form of art seems both simple, naïve and luxuriant. It expresses the life of men, the warmth and odors of their bodies, the traces of their hands, the emotion of faith… It is as if men carried within themselves dreams of ascent, as if they wanted to capture celestial light, their altars are tall, very tall, almost reaching the ceiling, shaping visions of the apocalypse…”, Keiichi Tahara explains.

Where

Beirut Jewellery Souks
Beirut Central District

When

From 22 January, 2015
To 11 February, 2015

12:00pm - 8:00pm