During Lent 2019, thanks to this anniversary, a large textile banner has been installed above the altar in the area of the presbytery. This temporary art intervention helps to discover the power, beauty and a specific character of this functionalist church space.
This temporary installation has been put for 40 days - from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (6 March – 20 April 2019). The author of the the Lenten curtain is Klára Štefanovičová, a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, who is studying Free Printmaking in university.
We can find tradition of Lenten curtains in the Middle Ages, where a main part of the presbytery or altars were covered in the Christian temples during Lent.
“It is an invitation for a visitor who is in this church space to offer the possibility of a radical fasting of the eyes,” says the project curator, also a Salesian parishioner, Michal Žák.
The installation will be accompanied by cultural parish events. These events are called Lenten Wednesdays which consist of Holy Mass at 6 PM with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, followed by moderated cultural and spiritual evening at 6:45. During Lenten Wednesdays, visitors can hear presentations of speakers such as historians, architects, scenographers and theologians. All evenings are accompanied by different music groups and styles.