Federico Díaz – The Golden Tear of Hope LacrimAu

18. 6. – 26. 6. 2011

Organised by Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář in cooperation with the choir of the Church of the Bohemian Brethren in Litomyšl.

Tears may be an outburst of deep internal emotions of sorrow or joyful bliss. Christ himself cried over the sinful Jerusalem to taste the salt of its holy tears: the real human essence of sympathy, sacrifice and selfless love. And this is just this that makes "salt more worthy than gold".

Apostle Paul wrote: „Rejoice with the rejoicing and weep with the weeping." In other words: „Taste the living essence of the tears of your fellows." 

Artist Federico Díaz has provided his "tear" for the exhibition as part of Smetana's creative Litomyšl to be on display in the New Church of the Church of the Bohemian Brethren so that a fund-raising event could bring necessary funds for the charity organisation Naděje in Vysoké Mýto and in Česká Třebová and help fund the completed church of the Church of the Bohemian Brethren. It will also be used to help elderly people and excluded children, particularly from the Romany communities.

Roman playwright and poet Syrus Publilius wrote: „Love is like a tear: it spring up in the eye, falls to the heart." I hope that the tear by Federico Díaz will please the eyes of the visitors and open their hearts. 

Daniel Smetana, preacher at the Church of the Brethren in Litomyšl