Giuseppe Tornatore pronounced the laureate of this year’s Per Artem Ad Deum award

The famous Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, the creator of the Oscar-winning film “Cinema Pradiso”, as well as of the “Malena” and “Pure Formality” has been pronounced this year’s laureate of the Medal of the Pontifical Council for Culture – Per Artem Ad Deum. This distinction has been awarded for 17 years; the awarding ceremony is a part of the Targi Kielce’s Sacroexpo, until now the laureates’ fellowship includes 30 personages and among them  Ennio Morricone, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wincenty Kućma and Leszek Mądzik.

The Medals of the Pontifical Council   By the resolution of the Pontifical Council for Culture, this year’s Per Artem Ad Deum Award goes to Giuseppe Tornatore: for showing the truth, which is the emotional experience of the relationship with the Infinite and the Unknowable. The Italian director’s artistic body of works includes many complex metaphors and religious allegories, encouraging viewers to venture into the unknown. Giuseppe Tornatore is the creator of famous pieces, including the Oscar-winning film “Cinema Paradiso”, the movie “Malena” with Monika Bellucci in the lead and “Pure Formality”. In addition, the director collaborated with the composer Ennio Morricone, to whom he devoted his latest documentary – “Ennio”.

Sacroexpo is the world’s only exhibition where the Pontifical Council for Culture Medal “Per Artem ad Deum” has been awarded. Kultury. In exceptional circumstances, the award is bestowed outside the Kielce exhibition and congress centre,  which was the case of Arvo Pärt, who received the award at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, and Ernest Bryll – last year’s laureate, who received the award at his home in Warsaw. This year is similar in this respect – Giuseppe Tornatore will receive the medal of the Pontifical Council for Culture in the Vatican from the hands of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi – president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Marian Florczyk and President of Targi Kielce’s Board, Andrzej Mochoń PhD.

We look forward to seeing you at Targi Kielce’s Sacroexpo held from 6 to 8 June 2022. Admission – free, prior expo registration obligatory required – go to the registration via Targi Kielce’s website or on-site during the event.

Laureat Per Artem Ad Deum 2021

The  Per Artem ad Deum Medal has been awarded by the Pontifical Council for since 2005; it is bestowed to those who enhance dialogue between the diversity of cultures in the contemporary world. 

Ernest Bryll awarded the Per Artem Ad Deum Medal 2021 for „poetry, that brings us closer to God and helps confront His  absolute”

Ernest Bryll – a Polish poet, prose writer, playwright, journalist, film critic, diplomat, translator. A graduate from the Faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw. He studied film sciences at the Film School in Łódź. As a journalist he collaborated with “Po Prostu”, “Sztandar Młodych”, “Współczesność”, “Miesięcznik Literacki”. His debut as a poet came in 1958 with Wigilie Wariata (Christmas Eves of a Lunatic); however, his poems in the “Non-unveiled face” (1963) collection made him truly famous.

Bryll also worked as the artistic head of Teatr Telewizji (Television Theater; 1967-1968), as well as the ‘Kamera’ film group (1967-68), and Teatr Polski (Polish Theatre in Warsaw; 1970-1974). From 1974 to 1978 Bryl held the position of the Polish Culture Institute director in London.   Bryll also lectured at the Silesian University in Katowice (1978-1979) and became the artistic head of the Silesia film group in Katowice (1978-1983). In the years 1991-1995, he was the Polish ambassador to Ireland. Ernest Bryll is also a translator of Irish, Czech, and Yiddish, songwriter (Peggy Brown and A Te Skrzydła Połamane [And Those Broken Wings]) and the author of song and music performances that tap into folk and regional themes. The most popular folk and regional works include the ” Po górach, po chmurach [The mountains, the clouds]” pastorale, in the “Painted on glass”  highlander-robber atmosphere poem. “Golgotha of Jasna Góra” – a series of poems influenced and inspired by the Mystery of the Passion and the Polish tradition of the Way of the Cross, containing fascinating images by Jerzy Duda-Gracz (a well-known painter, draftsman and set designer) can also be mentioned here. The passion-themed poem was made into an album of the same title. The poetry set to music featured famous Polish artists: Joanna Lewandowska and Marcin Stycznia. The project was awarded with the Phoenix in the category of Christian music. The “Wieczernik” [Cenacle] play, based on evangelical themes, was staged in churches all over Poland. The “I Nie proszę o wielkie znaki [I Am Not Asking for Great Signs]” and “Jezioro Kałuża [Puddle lake]” are genuine religious events,  as they contain a collection of truths about the world God lost somewhere along the way.

Bryll was bestowed the Order of the Companion of the Royal House of O’Conor (1995), as well as the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2006). He has also been presented many literary awards, including the Władysław Broniewski Award
for poetry and the City of Warsaw Award.