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Wiedmann Bible Foundation Launched

Become Part of the Wiedmann Bible Family with the new Adopt-A-Picture Program

We have exciting news! We have just launched the Wiedmann Bible Foundation to raise even more awareness for my father’s work! I would like to invite you to become part of the Wiedmann Bible family.

The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. We aim to artfully engage people with the Bible through artistic expressions and to honor my father’s legacy by publishing his masterpiece in all forms.

The foundation will publish an English version of the ART-Edition soon. After the successful debut at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., where the Wiedmann Bible became one of the most popular exhibitions, the new foundation plans on showcasing my father’s work and having tours throughout the country. Here people can gather, have the opportunity to experience the visual narrative of the Holy Scriptures as well as worship and enjoy God’s word in pictures, i.e., in Museums, Town Halls, Stadiums, Concert Halls, and all venues that are helpful to fulfill its mission and its vision.

HOWEVER, we have something even more exciting for you! Keep on scrolling down!

Adopt a picture…

Would you like to become part of the Wiedmann Bible Family and engage with us? To raise funds for our future projects, the team has created a unique opportunity! You will love the idea. How about supporting a good cause and having your name with a personalized devotional on one or more of the 3,333 Wiedmann Bible’s images?

Join the global fellowship of people supporting our Adopt-A-Picture Campaign. Unite with us to engage the world with the Bible visually through the art of the Wiedmann Bible, igniting the imagination and guiding the Spirit.

You can adopt a picture from the Wiedmann Bible. The adoption donations range from as little as $20 to $10,000 and above. You can either have your name shown alongside the illustration or donate anonymously.

Adopt your picture now!

The Wiedmann Bible Foundation Team

We would like to take the opportunity to introduce the three Founders and two Directors of the Wiedmann Bible Foundation.

From Right to Left
Martin Wiedmann — Son of the Artist & Chairman
Carolyn D. Rossinsky — Founder & President
Frank Wohlfahrt — Founder & Member of the Board

Allen Quine
Director & Member of the Board
(formerly Museum of the Bible)

Dale Brantner
Director & Member of the Board
(formerly Museum of the Bible)

Become part of the Wiedmann Bible Family! Click HERE and visit the Foundation’s Website now.
To learn more about the Wiedmann Bible Foundation and opportunities to partner with us, please contact us: info@wiedmannbible.org

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US students meet The Wiedmann Bible

When the exchange students from Los Angeles (USA) arrived in Bonn, they did not expect to see anything like this. They are participating in a program that is being organized by the Academy for International Education. On Monday (September 30th), they met with Martin Wiedmann, who introduced them to the only visual narrative of the complete Bible. The students visited the Garden of Eden via Virtual Reality or studied various Bible verses through the mobile App. Of course, they had a lot of questions for Martin and were very curious about the story behind this amazing artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Museum of the Bible receives unique German Bible for collection

PRESS RELEASE

Washington/Stuttgart, September 25th, 2019 — From today on, the largest Bible museum in the world will call the world’s longest painted Bible its own. President and CEO Ken McKenzie will accept the gift of one of the limited print copies on behalf of the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. (USA).

Occasion for the handover of the golden ART-Edition is that one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions has come to an end. For one year Willy Wiedmann’s works had been here on display. The exhibition was extended twice. On June 1st, 2019, more than 400 volunteers and staff members unfolded the nearly mile-long Wiedmann Bible facsimile along the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial. This event was the first complete unveiling of the German artwork in the United States.

“This was our first exhibition in the US. The feedback we have received was amazing. I am very thankful that we had the opportunity to showcase my father’s work here at the Museum of the Bible,” says Martin Wiedmann, the artist’s son. “In order for everyone to be able to experience this unique Bible, I decided to donate one of the limited ART-Editions to the museum.“

By now, among others, Pope Francis, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, the Bavarian State Library in Munich, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, and the Bible museum bibliorama in Stuttgart added the Wiedmann Bible ART-Edition to their inventory.

A newly founded non-profit organisation has taken on the mission to artfully engage people with the Holy Scriptures through artistic expressions. The Wiedmann Bible Foundation plans on showcasing the German artwork throughout the US and wants to publish an ART-Edition in English, soon. Institutions interested in future exhibitions can contact the foundation at info@wiedmannbible.org

The Wiedmann Bible goes Romania

The Wiedmann Bible on Tour

ART-Edition for the Evangelical Church A.B. in Romania

Two years ago Erika Klemm could not resist. She had to come back to the booth of this unique visual narrative of the Bible. It fascinated and inspired her.

The surprise was huge when she received an email a few weeks ago. Martin Wiedmann asked if the Evangelical Church Romania would give him the honor to accept the Wiedmann Bible ART-Edition as a gift from him. Erika Klemm did not have to think twice. The EKR is a German-speaking Church in Romania.

On June 16th the time had come. Martin Wiedmann and his family arrived in Hermannstadt, Romania. Amongst the first ones to see the Wiedmann Bible were kids and officials. After a service at the Johanniskirche, Martin Wiedmann gifted the ART-Edition to the EKR.

Hauptanwalt Friedrich Gunesch, Erika Klemm und Martin Wiedmann (v.l.n.r.). - Bild: zVg

It is the first Wiedmann Bible in Romania and highly appreciated as devotional paintings have a long tradition there.

The Wiedmann Bible ART-Edition is now showcased at the state consistory in Hermannstadt, Romania.

A Historic Day For The Wiedmann Bible

Longest Bible Makes History

Art and Theology united in Washington D.C. Event

Simply breathtaking! That sums the unfolding of the Wiedmann Bible up pretty well. Over 400 volunteers came together on June 1st to hold this German masterpiece created by Willy Wiedmann.

Hundrets of people came to see what this event was about and were amazed by the artwork and the story.  The Wiedmann Bible was unfolded for the very first time in the US at the historic Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The event was arganized by the Museum of the Bible and Martin Wiedmann, the artist’s son.

“I would like to thank the Museum of the Bible and all the volunteers for their amazing help and outstanding engagement. It was an incredible experience,” says Martin Wiedmann. “You can’t put it into words. To see my father’s work in this historic place. The people’s reaction was overwhelming. Some even had tears in their eyes. That only encourages me to continue my mission.”

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Historic Event in Washington

Museum of the Bible to Unfold Mile-Long Wiedmann Bible on the National Mall

Press Release by Museum of the Bible

Washington, May 8, 2019 – Museum of the Bible announces plans to unfold the nearly mile-long Wiedmann Bible facsimile along the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 8 a.m.-noon. This event will be the first complete unveiling of the Wiedmann Bible in the United States and will require the assistance of 1,000 volunteers to unfold and hold the artifact. Volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and free general admission to Museum of the Bible.

“Museum of the Bible is honored to be part of this historic event,” said museum president and CEO Ken McKenzie. “The Wiedmann Bible exhibit is one of the most popular at the museum, and yet, you can’t truly understand the artifact’s uniqueness until you see just how long it is. I encourage everyone who is able to literally reach out their hands and join me in making history on June 1.”

About The Wiedmann Bible:

The Wiedmann Bible is a continuous illustrated narrative of the Christian Bible. Containing 3,333 images and stretching 1,170 meters, it is the longest illustrated Bible ever created.

German artist Willy Wiedmann spent 16 years creating this Bible in his own unique style, called Polycon. This style was greatly influenced by his lifelong love of music, as well as by some of the major 20th-century, European, avant-garde movements such as Surrealism, Dadaism, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. Wiedmann’s ultimate purpose for his work was simple: to engage people visually with the Bible. The original Wiedmann Bible is on display now at Museum of the Bible through September 8, 2019.

 The Wiedmann Bible was unfolded for the first time along the Elbe shore in Magdeburg, Germany, resulting in a new world record for the largest concertina book.

 “I am overwhelmed with joy. The Lincoln Memorial has been the site of many important historical events. Showing this unique visual narrative of the Bible here makes my heart overflow with gratitude,” says the artist’s son Martin Wiedmann. “When my father wanted to publish his work, he was rejected so many times. However, he never gave up. He said that God’s wisdom gave him the chance to finish what he started, and he believed that this work needed to be shared. Even if it did not happen until decades later. I am very thankful to the Museum of the Bible for making this possible.”
To Volunteer:

Museum of the Bible seeks volunteers to participate in this historic event. Each volunteer will hold up a section of the Wiedmann Bible until the entire Bible is displayed around the Reflecting Pool. This process will then be reversed to carefully return the Bible back into its container. Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear. Register to volunteer here.

Heather Cirmo – Acting Director of Communications


Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible.

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The Wiedmann Bible will stay in the USA!

The Wiedmann Bible exhibition extended until September 8th

Initially, the Wiedmann Bible was supposed to be showcased at the Museum of the Bible until April. However, the visitors have been so amazed and excited that the exhibition will stay open until September 8th. On the Museum of the Bible’s 5th floor, you can experience the Wiedmann Bible in the immersive room, through the interactive kiosk or learn more about the artists Willy Wiedmann. 

Amy Van Dyke is the Lead-Curator at the Museum of the Bible. She says this visual narrative of the Bible has changed history. 

Get your tickets now: https://www.museumofthebible.org/tickets

Pope Francis receives unique Bible translation from Germany

What an exciting day…

Faith can move mountains. In this case, the saying goes even beyond death. At the general audience, in the audience hall Paul VI in Rome, Pope Francis received the number ONE of the limited Wiedmann Bible ART edition on February 20th. The original is worldwide unique. It is a visual narrative of the Bible depicting the Old and New Testament in 3,333 illustrations. A printed copy of the special ART-Edition was gifted by the son of the artist, Martin Wiedmann.

Source: Servizio Fotografico Vaticano – S.F.V.

“It was overwhelming. I stood in the Prima Fila (1st row). I have never been so full of anticipation in my life. Pope Francis listened attentively to Martin telling the Wiedmann Bible’s story and was very enthusiastic about the work. My father worked long and hard on this Bible. Even in times when he was seriously ill. His faith strengthened him and never let him give up his hope that his Bible will be published one day,” says Martin Wiedmann.

 

However, Willy Wiedmann (1929-2013) did not know back then that his son would be the one taking on this mission. He discovered the Bible with its 3,333 paintings in the attic of his father’s gallery. He digitized the illustrations and first published virtual versions of the Bible. In cooperation with the German Bible Society and the renowned photographer and designer Manfred Rieker, the Wiedmann Bible was published as a print edition for the first time in February 2018. The limited ART-Edition contains all illustrations of the original. Comments as well as a biography of the artist and various bible verses from the revised Luther Bible 2017 complement the images. The golden edition is limited to 333 copies, the red and black edition to 3,000.

 

By now, among others, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, the Bavarian State Library in Munich, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, the Bible Museum bibliorama in Stuttgart and the largest bible museum in the world, the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. (USA), added the Wiedmann Bible ART edition to their inventory. If and where the Wiedmann Bible ART-Edition will be showcased in the Vatican is not yet known.

Intriguing artwork

It is different, it is colourful, it is challenging, as well as old and new at the same time. Visitors are intrigued by Willy Wiedmann’s artwork at the Museum of the Bible. Because this exhibition is different from others. The museum’s Lead Curator Amy Van Dyke will tell you why!

Meet Martin Wiedmann at the Museum of the Bible

After 16 years of work, Willy Wiedmann completed the only existing visual narrative of the entire Old and New Testament. It contains 3,333 images in 19 leporellos (or accordion-style books) with a total length of nearly one mile. Willy Wiedmann combined his love of the Bible with his love of art. You can see the story of this unique artwork at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. where it is currently on display. In December Martin will return to tell his story of how he discovered something that had been hidden for years and even decades.

 

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