The exhibition MADONNAS OF EUROPE was presented for the first time during the International Mariological and Marian Congress in Czestochowa in August 1996 and during the International Eucharistic Congress in Wroclaw in May 1997, where it won the acclaim of its participants from all over the world. The exhibition in Warsaw's Royal Baths (Lazienki Królewskie) was part of the celebrations of the four-hundredth anniversary of the capital city of Warsaw. The exhibition was also shown in the Polish Parliament House. It was also exhibited in the Castle of the Glogów, in the Castle in Bielsko-Biala, in Torn at Artus' Court, in Cracow, Katowice, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius (Lithuania), in London, and Oxford. It was on display in over sixty Polish cities and was visited by over one hundred thousand people in six years. The exhibition is still in motion.
of Exhibit at the World Youth Days in Toronto, July 2002 by author
the thirteenth of December 1995, I've presented the project of the book
the Madonnas of Europe, to Pope John Paul II in Vatican,
today's situation would never come to my mind. From that day I've
traveled ninety thousand km, which is the distance from Toronto to Vancouver
times thirty, and twice that by plane. In other words I could make
the tour of the world five times.
these trips the album Madonnas of Europe has been created.
It shows a different Europe from the one we know and see in press releases,
news, etc. I crossed Europe all the ways possible and everywhere
those thousands of people come to share their happiness, sadness, to thank
and to ask, just to be closer to Mary. That's what is the connection
to all pilgrims, and that, of course, not only in Europe, but also here,
in Canada, where the sanctuaries play a big role in the history of your
country. Focus yourselves on how people show their feelings in different
countries. In the countries full of sun, people express their feelings
by singing, dancing, screaming, and the revealed joy. But how different
that is when we find ourselves in the cold and rainy places. People
keep most of their feeling to themselves; no matter if it's joy, or sadness,
they pray in silence. One is still common; they all seek the peace,
security and Mary's love. People always look for new paths, but
finally they walk on those, which already have been taken by pilgrims,
who meet from all nations for two thousands years.
as well as the exhibition has for purpose to show the bounty of this devotion
and also its similarities.
The editor's as well as my dream is to make the World Madonnas, to include other countries like Canada, the United States, and the whole American continent. With a great help I have traveled through Europe, now I would like to expand that experience and share it with you."
Art Exhibit of the "Madonnas of Europe" will be on display from
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