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Homage to Antoine Knibily sscc (Chile)

An impressive selection of works exhibiting the work of "Antoine Knibily, artist and missionary” can be visited in person at the Anteroom and Hall Viña del Mar (Chile) and will also be available online thanks to the joint work of the Municipality and the Cultural Corporation of Viña del Mar with the Fundación Espacio Cultural SSCC Valparaíso.  The exhibition is outstanding for the phenomenal display of colour and how it addresses deep human themes. 

This is the first exhibition to be held in tribute to the memory of Antoine Knibily after his death in March of this year.  The exhibition is a montage that dazzles with the expressive force and technique of the artist covering a variety of themes such as Washerwomen, Peasants Mowing, Poor Children, fishermen - memories of Papudo, Mussels, The Alsatian Cart, Face of Christ, Mother with child, Merciful Jesus, Crucifixion and a shocking Prodigal Son.

The various paintings were selected from the various works of the sscc priest and include part of the collection belonging to SSCC Valparaiso and works from the collection of the SSCC Viña del Mar College.

Speaking from the Vatican, Monsignor Carlo Maria Polvani, Deputy Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said: "I was struck by his story, to see how this desire to spread the mercy of God was born in such a difficult and complicated time, in particular the birth of his congregation... It is truly unique in this story to see not only the desire to receive the mercy of God, to accept the love of God, but also to want to spread it to the frontiers and limits of the earth...".

Antoine Knibily was born in Alsace in 1920 and ordained in France in 1945. In 1946 he was appointed to Chile and remained there for several decades until his death in March 2021 at the age of 100.


Video of the opening of the exhibition: https://youtu.be/xskQR0abzak

Catalogue and virtual gallery at this link: https://cutt.ly/UnLtFUS