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Die längste Bibel der Welt im neuen c-punkt Münsterforum

Freiburg. Das c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM zeigt ab dem 14. September die einzige komplette gemalte und längste Bibel der Welt – die Wiedmann Bibel. 

 

Die Wiedmann Bibel ist ein weltweit einmaliger Zyklus von 3.333 handbemalten Farbtableaus, die in neunzehn Leporellos zusammengefasst sind. Sie zeigt das komplette Alte und Neue Testament als Mehrtafel-Malerei. Entlang des vollständig aneinandergereihten Werks der Wiedmann Bibel würde man eine Strecke von rund 1,2 Kilometern zurücklegen, in deren Verlauf man das «Story-Telling» von 3.333 Bildern entschlüsseln könnte. Der Künstler Willy Wiedmann arbeitete an diesem Werk 16 Jahre (1984-2000), das nun vom 14. September 2020 bis 9. Januar 2021 im c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM zu sehen sein wird.

Die Kompositionen Willy Wiedmanns stehen im Kontext der geometrischen Moderne: Seine polychromen graphischen Formen sind ineinander verflochten, überlagern und ergänzen sich gegenseitig und sind in ihrem Wechselrhythmus theoretisch unendlich fortzusetzen. Der Ort der Handlung ist dabei zwar die biblische Welt, die Ausdrucksform spiegelt aber übergreifend das Geschichts- und Gesellschaftsbild der Moderne.

 

Von Weimar bis Washington

 

Weil die Drucktechnik bei Fertigstellung noch nicht so weit fortgeschritten war, konnte der Künstler sein Lebenswerk zu Lebzeiten nicht veröffentlichen. Nach dessen Tod 2013 und der Entdeckung des Schaffens seines Vaters führt sein Sohn Martin dessen Traum fort: Er ließ die Bibel in Buchform drucken (ART-Edition) und stellt sie in interaktiver Form und mit Videos und vielen weiteren Elementen vor.

 

Neben dem Gutenberg-Museum haben bereits die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in München, die Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar, das Bibelmuseum Bibliorama in Stuttgart, das Bibel Erlebnismuseum in Frankfurt sowie das Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. (USA), das größte Bibelmuseum der Welt, die Wiedmann Bibel ART-Edition in ihren Bestand aufgenommen und ihren Besuchern gezeigt. Anfang 2019 wurde die Bibel Papst Franziskus im Vatikan überreicht.

 

ART-Edition dauerhaft im MÜNSTERFORUM

In Freiburg wird die Leiterin des c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM,  Susanna Czech-Lepold, die Wiedmann Bibel ART-Edition als Dauerleihgabe für das MÜNSTERFORUM entgegennehmen.
„Die Wiedmann Bibel ist ein beeindruckendes Werk, das die Bibel auch dem zeitgenössischen Betrachter näherbringt, unabhängig davon, ob er sich bisher schon mit den biblischen Erzählungen auseinandergesetzt hat. Allein durch seine starke Ausdruckskraft inspiriert es zur Auseinandersetzung. Wir freuen uns auf diese Ausstellung im MÜNSTERFORUM, die zugleich die erste in den neuen Räumlichkeiten ist, und sind gespannt auf die Resonanz unserer Besucher“, sagt Susanna Czech-Lepold.

Parallel zur Ausstellung bietet der c-punkt in den kommenden Monaten ein Begleitprogramm mit verschiedenen Formaten an, um biblische, spirituelle oder auch einfach Fragen zum Leben aufzugreifen und zu vertiefen, die sich aus dem Eindruck der Bilder ergeben können.

 

Überreichen wird die Bibel Martin Wiedmann, der Sohn des mittlerweile verstorbenen Künstlers: «Das knapp 1,2 km lange Leporello war fast zwei Jahrzehnte auf dem Dachboden der Galerie meines Vaters in Stuttgart versteckt. Nach seinem Tod habe ich das Werk mit seinen 3.333 Bildern hier in vier Kisten gefunden. Für mich stand fest, ich werde den Traum meines Vaters erfüllen bzw. die Mission der Bibel weiterführen: sie veröffentlichen mit dem Ziel, die Bibel den Menschen näherzubringen., sagt Martin Wiedmann. „Es ist mir eine Ehre, diese Bilderbibel dem c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM als Geschenk zu überreichen zu dürfen und den Freiburgern damit dauerhaft zugänglich zu machen.“

AUSSTELLUNG:

 

Ort: c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM, Herrenstraße 33, 798098 Freiburg

Ausstellungszeitraum:  14. September 2020 bis 9. Januar 2021

Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Sa 10-14 Uhr
Gruppen: nur nach Voranmeldung
Eintritt: frei

 


BEGLEITPROGRAMM:

 

Ein umfangreiches Begleitprogramm flankiert die Ausstellung, u.a. wird es Kunstführungen, Glaubensgespräche über “Biblische Stolpersteine” und “Akademische Kunstpausen” sowie eigene Angebote für Kinder geben.

Aufgrund der sich verändernden Corona-Vorgaben passt der c-punkt das jeweilige Programm jeweils kurz vorher den gegebenen Möglichkeiten an. Aktuelle Veranstaltungen werden rechtzeitig im Vorfeld der Presse kommuniziert und auf www-c-punkt-freiburg.de veröffentlicht.

 

 

Kontakt — c-punkt MÜNSTERFORUM

Tel. +49 761 70889550

E-Mail:    info@c-punkt-freiburg.de

Internet: www.c-punkt-freiburg.de

 

Kontakt — Die Wiedmann Bibel

Wiedmann Media Presse/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Martin Wiedmann Mobil: +41 79 400 9774

E-Mail: presse@diewiedmannbibel.de

INCREDIBLE: TILING ART – The Wiedmann Bible

Reutlingen / Stuttgart January 13, 2020 – 10 young people, 1,400 hours, 4,600 tiles. This year the schedule of the vocational students at the Kerschenstein School looked a little different. It became biblical with the tilers. Teacher Michael Silbernagl had seen the Wiedmann Bible on television for the first time and was fascinated by the work. The polycon style developed by Willy Wiedmann is particularly suitable for him as a master tiler. Because there are only straight lines and angles here. “I want the students to enjoy their work. That’s why I always come up with something special. Everyone was immediately enthusiastic about the Wiedmann Bible and the pictures, even if the group consisted of students from different religious backgrounds. Of course, they were allowed to choose the motifs themselves, ”said Michael Silbernagl. The choice fell on two pictures of Jonah.

The students went to work with enthusiasm and turned the work of art into a work of art. First the students divided the motifs into grids – for material calculation. Then the appropriate colors were selected, the edges cut and sanded by hand, everything glued so that nothing falls off and then the mosaics were laid. There is a motif in the changing room of the Reutlingen vocational school.
Martin Wiedmann, the artist’s son, was impressed and touched by the results: “It was a great job the students did. My father would certainly have been very proud. He always liked to promote young artists. ”

In the spring, Michael Silbernagl wants to implement further pictures of the Wiedmann Bible as tile art with the next class.

Frankfurt „Schätze des Bibelhauses“ von antik bis bilderreich

Sonderausstellung im Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum Frankfurt vom 4. Februar bis 30. Juni

Frankfurt am Main. Die Sonderausstellung „Schätze des Bibelhauses“ zeigt vom 4. Februar bis 30. Juni mehr als 40 Objekte aus zweieinhalb Jahrtausenden. Von der beschriebenen Scherbe bis zur Bibel im Guinnessbuch der Rekorde reichen die Schätze des Bibelhauses. Antike Schriftfragmente aus Ägypten gehören ebenso dazu, wie die sogenannte Mandela-Bibel aus Südafrika aus den Zeiten des Kampfes gegen die Apartheid. Zu entdecken ist die vollständige Bibel auf einem Handteller großen Mikrofiche, die längste Bibel der Welt mit vielen interaktiven Elementen und die winzigste Bibel der Welt auf einem Nano-Chip.

“Es gibt viele Beispiele, wie tief die Bibel unsere Kultur und Denkweise prägt. Diesen Schatz gilt es immer wieder zu heben“, sagt Veit Dinkelaker, Theologischer Referent des Bibelhauses und Kurator der Ausstellung. „Die ‘Schätze des Bibelhauses’ zeigen solche Beispiele. Vom magischen Se- gensspruch zum Bilderschatz und Buch-für-alle.”

Um die sogenannte Mandela-Bibel geht es in der Präsentation mit Ursula Trautwein am Dienstag, 4. Februar, 16 Uhr im Bibelhaus. Die Bibel mit eingeschnittenem Umriss einer Pistole wurde Winnie Mandela 1976, zu Zeiten der Apartheid in Südafrika, von Einbrechern als Todesdrohung auf ihr Kopfkissen gelegt. Das Ehepaar Mandela verband eine enge Freundschaft mit Ursula und Dieter Trautwein. Beide waren in der Bewegung gegen die Apartheid engagiert. Der 2002 gestorbene Dieter Trautwein war zudem lange Zeit Vorsitzender der Frankfurter Bibelgesellschaft und gründete eine Ausstellung zur Bibel in Frankfurt-Eschersheim. Aus diesem Anlass schenkte Winnie Mandela dem Ehepaar Trautwein die geschändete Bibel aus ihrem Haus in Johannesburg.

Zu den bibliophilen Kostbarkeiten der Ausstellung gehört ein Einzelblatt aus einer Bibel des Augs- burgers Anton Sorg, die er 1480 drucken ließ. Ein weiteres Original ist eine Bibel des Basler Tuch- händlers Falkeisen, die er 1688 beim Frankfurter Drucker Balthasar Christoph Wust herstellen ließ. Aus der Frankfurter „Brönners Druckerei“ sind Bibeln von 1820 und 1854 zu sehen. Regelmäßige öffentliche Führungen zu den Themen und Exponaten der Ausstellung gehören zum Begleitprogramm.

Das Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum wurde 2003 in einer ehemaligen evangelisch-reformierten Kirche eröffnet. Es zeigt die Überlieferung, Lebenswelt und aktuelle Bedeutung der Bibel mit archäologischen Funden, thematischen Inszenierungen und vielen Mitmach-Elementen. Trägerin ist die Frankfurter Bibelgesellschaft. Die Gesellschaft wurde 1816 als ältester kirchlicher Verein in der Mainstadt gegründet.

YouVersion Users Enthused By Wiedmann Bible Reading Plans

Great Milestone Reached

43.000 Subscribers! YouVersion congratulates the Wiedmann Bible.

“We are so grateful you choose to share great content with our community and partner with us to encourage and challenge people to seek intimacy with God every day. We hope you celebrate this incredible milestone and remember that your effort is impacting the world!” YouVersion

Thank you! We have reached a great milestone! Within just 8 months, 28,000 subscribers have completed the Wiedmann Bible’s prayer plans on the Bible app YouVersion.

Have you subscribed to our plans yet? If not, visit us on YouVersion – available in many different languages.

Forgiveness Sets You Free

God’s Got Your Back: Find your Strength

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


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