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!
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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Art and Bible – Bible and Art….Other’s have done it before but the very first visitors of the Wiedmann Bible exhibition at the Museum of the Bible in Washington were not prepared for what they saw. They were in awe, impressed or moved to tears – even Martin Wiedmann himself.
“When I arrived on Monday and saw how beautifully everything was set up, I had tears in my eyes. The entire team of the Museum of the Bible did an amazing job. My father would have been to happy to see that his life’s work will finally help people engage with the Bible”.
Within the first two days hundreds of visitors have seen the exhibition. They were so kind to share their experience with us.
Nancy wrote: “I am amazed and fascinated by Willy Wiedmann’s astonishing life, talents and accomplishments, especially his Bible illustrations. He’s more than a 21st century Leonardo da Vinci given that he was also a musician and composer, author and publisher. What is even more impressive is that his son Martin, […] and his family were able to figure out how to publish Willy’s uniquely beautiful, illustrated Bible, and then merchandise, market and get it exhibited at the Museum of the Bible here in Washington.”
Kathleen wrote: “Thank you for sharing yours and your father’s amazing story with us. We couldn’t wait to recommend the exhibition to all of our friends. We look forward to keeping up with the collection and it’s journey. We wish you the best!”
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In 2013 Today’s Christian Women’s editor Kelli B. Trujillo brings up a topic to which some of us can relate to: “Bored with Bible Study?“ Trujillo wants to know if anyone has ever been in a small group meeting where either no one talks or the opposite, one person does all the talking, and wished that it would be more exciting.
Even she has to confess that some times she had been bored as well but at the same time also gives great advice on how to take Bible Study to the next level. Because it is not supposed to feel like being back at school but should encourage people to want to engage with the Bible, right?
In 2013, however, the Wiedmann Bible was not discovered yet and still kept hidden in an attic in Germany. In 3,333 images it depicts the complete Old and New Testament. Meaning: You can experience the Word of God visually which brings more dynamics into your study group.
You can either discuss what you see and use the Scriptures afterwards or atthe same time. It is absolutely up to you. You can either use the App or even enter the Garden of Eden through the Virtual Reality. Our mission is to engage more people in studying the Bible.
Did you know that you can use the Wiedmann Bible’s images at no costs at your church or Bible Study once you have downloaded the app? You can even share them on Social Media. What are you waiting for?
Download the App today: Click HERE
Read the full article by Kelli B. Trujillo here: Bored with Bible Study?
It is official! The Wiedmann Bible has set world record. More than half a year organisers and participants have been waiting for the result to come back. The Guinness World Record Team now confirmed that the Wiedmann Bible, featuring a surface of 645.2 square meters, is now officially the world’s largest concertina book.
“We are very happy about the news. The world record attempt in Magdeburg was a wonderful experience with many unforgettable encounters. We not only want to thank the organisers reformation2017, the Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Magdeburg and the Ottostadt Magdeburg, but also to the hundreds of volunteers,“ said Martin Wiedmann, son of the deceased artist.
On 7 May 2017, the Kirchentag was launched in Magdeburg (Germany) with a world record attempt. Over a distance of 1517 meters, more than 500 volunteers showcased the Wiedmann Bible for the first time in its entire length long the Elbe. Originally the organisers aimed to break the record for the world’s longest Bible. Since this category does not exist, however, the Guinness World Record team offered the record for the largest concertina book.
The Wiedmann Bible is Bible and art at the same time. It depicts the complete Old and New Testament in 3,333 hand-painted images. The artist behind this work is Willy Wiedmann. He worked on it for 16 years. Unfortunately, he could not publish the Bible during his lifetime. The reason: The technology was not yet advanced enough to convert such a mammoth work into a portable form. After Wiedmann’s death, his son Martin discovered the Bible in the attic and decided to face the challenge of fulfilling his father’s dream. He had all the pictures scanned. Meanwhile, a digital bible world has been created with virtual reality, an app and a touchscreen terminal. In February, the Wiedmann Bible will be published as a book for the first time as an exclusive and limited ART-Edition in cooperation with the German Bible Society.
Stuttgart(Germany)/Zurich(Switzerland)/USA, September 12th 2017. Starting September 16th 2017 the Wiedmann Bible will be part of the “Light Art Grand Tour USA”. For the next 3 years the world-renowned Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter will travel all 50 states of the U.S. and put different landmarks into spotlight that have played an important role in the country’s history.
Pennsylvania’s Washington Crossing at Washington Crossing is the first of 50 monuments that will be illuminated with the Wiedmann Bible’s images and many other artworks. The Swiss Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter and his daughter Céline Hofstetter present the tour throughout the U.S. in partnership with the premier event company Hayes Group. In a 2-hour performance the Light Artist and his team will transform buildings, landscapes, etc. into art sculptures by projecting up to 20 images onto the landmarks. Each monument that is being featured in this one of a kind show has played an important role during the foundation of the United States of America and still does in fostering friendships with other countries, including Switzerland.
“The Wiedmann Bible is an amazing artwork broadcasting its message through images and therefore a perfect match for this extraordinary performance“, states Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter.
The Wiedmann Bible depicts the complete Old and New Testament in 3,333 images and was painted by the German artist Willy Wiedmann. He always wanted for his Bible to become accessible to all people around the world. Because certain technologies were not readily available, Wiedmann was not able to publish it during his lifetime. He therefore kept it hidden in his gallery’s attic where it slipped into obscurity until his son revealed the artwork in 2013. He took on the task to carry on his father’s mission.
“Being part of this amazing Light Art Grand Tour is another step within the process of making the Wiedmann Bible accessible to everyone and by that engaging them more with the Bible”, says Martin Wiedmann.
Since its discovery Martin Wiedmann and his family have created a multimedia Bible experience, including a virtual reality, an interactive kiosk, and an app.
About the Wiedmann Bible:
The Wiedmann Bible contains 19 books and is bound in a concertina folder with a total length of almost 1 mile. The German artist Willy Wiedmann worked on it for 16 years (1984 –2000). He created the Bible in his Polycon Painting Style – blended picture sequences illustrating the Bible stories consecutively. Willy Wiedmann was multi-talented. He worked as a painter, muralist, sculptor, musician, composer, writer, author, publisher, and art dealer. In 2002, he received the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for his outstanding engagement in art and culture.
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About Gerry Hofstetter:
Gerry Hofstetter is a world-renowned Light Artist from Switzerland. He lives and works in Zumikon, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA. With his international company in Switzerland, he is specialized in light art, communications, events, design and film productions. He is the innovator of light art and transforms, together with his daughter Céline Hofstetter of Hofstetter Inc. Los Angeles, buildings, monuments, and natural landscapes around the world into temporary works of art with his spectacular light projections.
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The Wiedmann Bible on the Chris Voss Show
He is one of the Top 20 Social Media Power Influencers on the latest Forbes list and he also had his “Wiedmann Bible moment”. That’s why Chris Voss decided to talk about this amazing artwork on his show. In case you have missed it you can either listen to the podcast on: iTunes and Google Play or watch it on YouTube.
The Wiedmann Bible Give Away
The summer is almost over and the kids are back to school. You can win one of our amazing prizes and make your Bible Study even more exciting or look at the amazing artwork. Of course it is for children all ages. Just click on the images or HERE to enter.
You like to discuss art and talk about the Bible? Then you will love our new The Wiedmann Bible Facebook Group. Join us now!
A picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore we simply want to share these wonderful impressions of the Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenberg with you.
It was an unforgettable event made possible by 500 volunteers. For the very first time the Wiedmann Bible was displayed in one piece in Magdeburg Germany over a distance of 1517 meter (almost 1 mile). At the very last minute we changed the route. The way along the Elbe added a beautiful scenery to the even which was not only the setting for our world record attempt but also gave us the opportunity to carry on the Wiedmann Bible’s mission: Engaging people worldwide with the Bible through illustrations.
On May 7th at 11am Magdeburg – Germany will be venue for a one of a kind event. For the first time in history the Wiedmann Bible will be completely unfolded over a 1517 meter distance, attempting to set a world record.
In honour of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary it is also opening event for the celebrations leading to the German Protestant Kirchentag that takes place May 24th-28th in Berlin and Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Organised by the Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V., Evangelical Parish Magdeburg, and the City of Magdeburg 500 volunteers are being recruited to display the artwork in a human chain, starting at the Magdeburg Cathedral.
“This is another step within the process of carrying on my father’s mission: Making the Wiedmann Bible accessible to everyone and by that engaging all people with the Holy Scriptures”, says Martin Wiedmann, son of the deceased artist.
The Wiedmann Bible depicts the complete Old and New Testament in 3,333 images and was painted by the German artist Willy Wiedmann. Willy Wiedmann always wanted for his Bible to become accessible for all people around the world. Because certain technologies were not readily available, he was not able to publish it during his lifetime. He therefore buried his vision and kept his Bible hidden in his gallery’s attic where it slipped into obscurity until his son revealed the artwork in 2013.
Since then Martin Wiedmann and his family have created a multimedia Bible experience, including a virtual reality, an interactive kiosk, and an app. In December the Wiedmann Bible will be published for the first time as a book in two volumes as a limited Art-Edition, containing a total of 1,740 pages. The 3,333 images are complemented by the artist’s comments on his work as well as Bible verses from the latest Martin Luther Bible translation 2017 from the German Bible Society in German.