PASSING along Park Lane during the week. it would have been possible to see an extraordinary colIcction of works of art, all illustrating religious themes, in every imaginable medium—from collages in newspaper cuttings to panels in stained glass—being collected at No. 45 for an 'exhibition of "The Christian Theerte in Contemporary Arts." opening on Tuesday next, May 1.
Judging by the number of critics. the theme is a popular one. Perhaps there is no painter or sculptor who has not, at some t'rme, attempted to interpret the vivid, visually exciting possibilities in the Bible narratives.
Experimental mcthods. as well as mediums, scent to have becu used. John Skeaping. for instance, will he represented by an almost life-size figure of Christ on the Cross, shaped from black hog oak by a blow-lamp.
The younger generation has been particularly enthusiastic and Caoperative. Huge altar-pieces have been submitted by artists who have only just emerged from art schools.
Entries have been arriving. too, from the Continent, where the contemporary manner is accepted.
Sir John Rothenstein. Director of the Tate Gallery. will open the exhibition at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.2. Every day except the first three days of June, when the exhibition will he closed for the Coronation, until it ends on June 1 8, there are lectures, fi.ms and concerts in connection with the theme of the exhibition.