Blessed with multiple talents, Wilhelm Richard Heinrich (Willy) Wiedmann was a musical, artistic, and literary all-rounder. Under various pseudonyms, he exhibited in national and international galleries and played for world-famous celebrities such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, etc. For decades, Wiedmann ran a gallery in Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt, which in the meantime has been reopened as “Gallery Wiedmann”. Wiedmann’s passion, however, was ecclesiastical painting. In doing so, again and again he rose to new challenges. Yet it was his desire to create something unique and extraordinary and share it with Christians around the world.
“Hence the desire fuelled to paint, as I know today, the greatest work human mankind has ever created…“
The result was the Wiedmann Bible. He painted it in his own individual “Polycon” painting style, also called “Polycony”, which he had created and developed himself. He derived the name “Polycon” from the Greek words “polýs” (much) and “icon” (image or panel). Polycon painting is painting on several panels and with several colors, a playful synergy between colors and shapes with infinity. Individual images are an excerpt from a sequence that could be continued infinitely and in any order.
Willy Wiedmann was also very involved in social activities. In 2002, he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding engagement in art and culture.
THE WIEDMANN GALLERY
In years of active work, Willy Wiedmann saved the 16th-century farmhouse from decay. In 1964, he opened the gallery, which he called “Gallerie am Jakobsbrunnen” (Gallery at Jacob’s Well) at that time. In 1984, it became the birthplace of a one of a kind Bible – the Wiedmann Bible.
- 3 Churches
- 7 Books
- 3 Charity Events
- 3 Opuses
- 3 Galleries
- 3 Poems
- 3 Paintings