New glass for Cologne Cathedral

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New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:29 pm

A new stained galss window is to be installed in the south transept of Cologne Cathedral to replace the window installed by Wilhelm of Prussia in 19th century which was destroyed by bomber Harris' destruction of the city during the Second World War. The window is almost 70 feet high.

The Metropolitan Chapter of the Cathedral have commissioned the work which is expected to cost between Euro 350,000 and Euro 400,000 to be financed by collections in the city of Cologne - as is the tradition for the provision of windows for the Cathedral. The artist, Gerhard Richter, has charged no commission on the work which he has offered as a gift to the Metropolitan Cathedral. The window will be completed in 2007.

http://www.koelner-dom.de/19067.html?&L=1

The architects for the presentation project are Lengyel and Toulouse (who, I notice, have designed aother project in Dublin for the practice of Prof. U. Coersmeier)

http://www.lengyeltoulouse.com/
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:32 pm

Now that's a window.....
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:45 pm

Ah! When the Germans do things......
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:48 pm

This link will give you a complete guide to the existing glass in the Hohen Petersdom zu Koeln:

http://www.koelner-dom.de/fenster.html?&L=1
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:33 pm

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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:50 am

More on the Koelnerfensterkrieg!


Just get a hold of this jaw breaking piece of mindless clap trap from Margot Kaessman, the Hannoverian female land bishop:

" Der Verzicht auf Figuren zeige die Fähigkeit zum Dialog und eröffne neue Dimensionen der Spiritualität, „nach denen wir ja in unseren Kirchen suchen“.

(Renubtiation of figures demonstrates an ability to dialogue and opens new dimensions for spirituality which we are searching for in our churches)

Praxiteles wonders if behind that mouthful of guff there might be lurking something like an aversion to images of any kind and a propensity to iconoclasm - just as we saw in Germany in the 16th. century. If so, there is not much of a renuinciation evident in the Frau Bishofin's outburst and the prospect of the drill and sledge hammer as aides to "dialogue" is less than fully convincing - to say nothing of opening "new" dinmensions in "spirituality".
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:51 pm

Some more on the famous window:

http://www.stimmen-der-zeit.de/StdZ_01_08_Mennekes.pdf

"Darum ist der Zweifel gegenüber dem Bild ebenfalls ein durchgehender Grundsatz
im Christentum geblieben. Bilderzerstörer (Ikonoklasten) haben immer neben Bilderverehrern
(Ikonodulen) gestanden. Wirklich eindeutig und dauerhaft durchsetzen
konnte sich keine der beiden Positionen. Das aber ist das Entscheidende in der
Geschichte der christlichen Tradition: Das Bild ist immer umstritten, und der Streit
um das Bild bleibt die eigentliche Konstante. Immer ist das Bild tief fragwürdig.

This character is (quite) a bit off the mark in his description of an historical dialect between the Iconodules and the Iconoclasts. Remarkably, he omits any mention of the canons of the 4th. session of the Second Council of Nicea (787) which setteld the iconoclast problem and affirmed the lawfulness of the use of images - a significant point in that it represents the official position of the Church on the use of icons or images..

And as for the Fragwurdigkeit of images, please, do not let us say that e have a fan of Will Dowsing here nor of the awful oblitertaion of art that swept across Germany and the Low Countries in frenzie of the protestant reformation or in France during the revoluiton when the iconoclasts reached the apex of absurdity, in the liturgical reordering madness of the 1970s and 1980s taht we have all seen!

Strange that he should regard Richter's window as essentially iconoclastic. Where is this going?

THe more I think of it, the more I am coming to the conclusion that that opening sentence above is nothing more than a piece of Crap-stand!!
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Re: New glass for Cologne Cathedral

Postby Praxiteles » Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:28 am

And here is a mouthful of guff worthy of the CLoyne HACK:

"Die claritas der Leere im neuen
Fenster und die corporalitas seiner Farben haben eine staunenerweckende und erregende
Wirkung. Sie entziehen ihm das Selbstverständliche und stellen ihn über Unsicherheit
und Fremdheit vor das Unsagbare und vor das, was sich nicht in schnell
begriffenen Formen ausdrücken und konstruieren läßt"

Did anyone staring into an empty pint-glass ever realize that he beheld the "claritas der Leere" face to face? I do not deny that the prospect of an empty pint-glass is indeed a "staunenderweckende und errengende Wirkung". I have no doubt what so ever that the prospect of an epmty pint-glass impresses the obvious on its beholder and certainlt poprtents alienation to say nothing of the "Unspeakable" - but, Praxitelex also has little doubt taht God has never (or almost never) beend discovered at the bottom of an empty glass. SO much for the pseudy "claritas der Leere". Guff nothing but guff!!
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