The refreshments offered in the Holy See Pavilion were above all directed at the visitor’s spirit. Two biblical phrases synthesized its message: “Man shall not live by bread alone” and “Give us this day our daily bread”. These quotes were written large in 13 languages on the Pavilion’s exterior, to remind visitors from all over the world that while our bodies need one kind of nourishment, our souls need another.
Arts grat the visitors Having passed the yellow curtain at the entrance to the exposition area, which was all condensed into a single room, the visitor was immediately nourished by the artistic beauty of its contents. Indeed, two artistic masterpieces were hung on the opposite wall: for the first three months of the Exposition, the wall was decorated with the original canvas of the Last Supper by Tintoretto, brought to the Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 from the Church of San Trovaso in Venice, while for the last three months the protagonist was a tapestry by Pieter Paul Rubens, portraying the institution of the Eucharist, from the Diocesan Museum of Ancona.The exhibition layout included, along the left-hand wall, a photography display which depicted the imbalances, the drama of migrations and wars, the problems of pollution and hunger, the possibility of creating a different economy and a way of handling international relations based on recognising the need for communion and solidarity. Each photo was accompanied by quotes by Pope Francis.
A long multimedia table with a thousand faces
The heart of the visit was the enormous table at the center of the space, with a multimedia tabletop showing images of many contexts from everyday life involving the use of a table: as a focus for family togetherness, an altar, a table for free meals for the poor, a kitchen table, a craft work table, an operating table in hospital, a monastery canteen.
As the visitor neared the exit, a large video wall showed three short narrative videos. The first featured a fast-forward mode view of the itinerary just completed, showing the people and key images already seen. The second video ordered and presented the results of interactive aspects. The third showed the works of solidarity and charity which the Catholic Church carried out across the world in the field of food and nutrition. Brief slides explained the various projects, suggesting that the visitor subsequently found out more about at least one of these initiatives, and that they supported it through a charitable gesture.