The photographic exhibit, Sacri Monti. L’architettura dei Sacri Monti in Piemonte e Lombardia, is the result of the collaboration of the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) of Dortmund and the Documentation Centre. The joint efforts of Prof. Jörg Winde, author of the photographs and Prof. Jürgen Zänker, art historian and curator of the , were on display at the University of Dortmund from January 22nd to February 28th 2003.
From September 2003 to August 2004, the itinerant show moved to the nine Sacred Mounts included by the UNESCO in its World Heritage List and then to the cities of Milano and Torino.
The 37 panels (measuring 48 x 73 cm.) on display at the show, were selected by the authors from over a hundred photos referring to the Sacred Mounts of Belmonte, Crea, Domodossola, Ghiffa, Oropa, Orta, Ossuccio, Varallo, Varese.
“I took the “Sacred Mounts” as the subject of my research, which my colleague Jörg Winde then photographed. These mounts are environmental complexes surrounded by numerous chapel-stations shaped like small churches or temples. In these buildings with interesting architecture, there are representations of the life of Jesus or of a Saint”, says Prof. Jürgen Zänker. He continues,” the Sacred Mounts of Northern Italy have no equals in Europe or in the world. They are a particular kind, which besides their religious and their spiritual importance, and their significance in the history of religions and in the history of art and architecture, they are of great interest because of their extraordinary interaction between art and nature. Their scenic representations are famous, rich with personages, some very realistic. But the architecture in miniature deserves the same consideration; it is a testimony of great originality, absolutely fitting for the scenic representations it contains”.
The exhibit also provided a 96-page catalogue, entitled: . The volume, with splendid black and white photos, illustrates the Sacred Mounts of Piemonte and Lombardia. The photos are presented each with a historical introduction to the site. The catalogue is bi-lingual in Italian and German.