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

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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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.

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“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.

The Wiedmann Bible illuminates 50 Monuments in the US

Press Release:

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.

For more information visit: www.thewiedmannbible.com or our electronic press-kit.

Contact the Wiedmann Bible:

Email: press@thewiedmannbible.com

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.

For more information visit: www.grandtour-usa.ch or www.hofstetter.la

Contact Gerry Hofstetter:

Email: g.hofstetter@hofstetter-marketing.com

Human chain of 500 displays 1517 m long Bible in world record attempt

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.

German Bible Society to publish unique illustrated Bible

3,333 Bible illustrations by Willy Wiedmann depicting the Old and New Testament in two volumes

THE WIEDMANN BIBLE Art EditionThe Wiedmann Media AG and the German Bible Society will publish a one of a kind Bible Art-Edition by the end of 2017.  It depicts the complete Old and New Testament in 3,333 images and was painted by the German artist Willy Wiedmann.

The limited Art-Edition will be published in two volumes, containing a total of 1,740 pages, and in the colors white, cardinal-red, black, and gold. The images are complemented by the artist’s comments on his work as well as Bible verses from the revised Luther Bible 2017 from the German Bible Society.

“My father’s dream will finally come true: Making THE WIEDMANN BIBLE accessible to everyone. We could not have asked for a better partner as a distributor than the German Bible Society”, says Martin Wiedmann, son of the deceased artist.

Willy Wiedmann always wanted for his Bible to become accessible for Christians 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 2014.

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“…I felt that my work gave them something special and cause a feeling of content and even some kind of happiness. Ergo my conscious told me, if only these few people already benefited from my work why shouldn’t all Christians?” From Willy Wiedmann’s Bible Journal.

In order to make this project happen, Martin Wiedmann will produce this unique Art-Edition while the German Bible Society will be responsible for copy editing as well as distribution and sales. “THE WIEDMANN BIBLE is a very impressive artwork. It visually encourages people to engage with the Bible’s content actively. We are very pleased to include this unique book into our repertoire”, says Reiner Hellwig, the German Bible Society’s Chief Operating Officer.

4 colors art-editionThe limited Art-Edition will be published in German. You can reserve your copy on THE WIEDMANN BIBLE’s website. Editions in English and Spanish will follow after the initial German publication.

“THE WIEDMANN BIBLE is another step for our mission foundation: Disseminating the Bible and the opportunity of education with the help of it. Since THE WIEDMANN BIBLE depicts the complete Old and New Testament in images it speaks all languages”, says Horst Scheurenbrand, Director of International Programs of the German Bible Society.

In May THE WIEDMANN BIBLE started supporting the United Bible Societies’ project which helps people learn how to read and write by means of the Bible. Parts of the proceeds will be donated towards this project. Other parts will be used towards the distribution of THE WIEDMANN BIBLE to make it accessible to everyone.

ONLY 3,333 copies will be available. Reserve your personal copy today! Click HERE

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About THE WIEDMANN BIBLE:

THE WIEDMANN BIBLE was illustrated by the artist Willy Wiedmann. In 3.333 illustrations the complete Old Testament and New Testament is depicted in the format of a concertina folder. For 16 years (1984 – 2000) Willy Wiedmann worked on this Bible. He created it in his Polycon Painting Style. His work has a total length of approximately 1 mile.

For more Information visit: www.thewiedmannbible.com

About the German Bible Society:

The Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (German Bible Society) is a not-for-profit religious foundation. It is engaged in translation of the Scriptures, the development and dissemination of innovative Bible editions, and in giving all people access to the message of the Bible. It bears international responsibility for scholarly Bible editions in the original languages. Through its international programs, in collaboration with other members of the United Bible Societies, it supports translation and distribution of the Bible worldwide, so that everyone can read the Bible in their own language.

For more Information visit: www.die-bibel.de/en

Biblehub promotes The Wiedmann Bible

How exciting is that Biblehub promotes The Wiedmann Bible. Biblehub.com  is supporting The Wiedmann Bible App and promotes it as one of its favourite study tools. Biblehub is an Online Bible Study Suite on which you can search for Bible verses in different languages.

The Wiedmann Bible listed as new study tool on Biblehub.com

The world’s longest painted Bible unveiled

For decades the world’s longest painted Bible was hidden in an archive – now it will be released for the very first time.

Jesus was light and dark skinned at the same time. A pretty unusual statement, and some might disagree. However, this is exactly what this Bible is all about. It shows that the Holy Scriptures are supposed to be for everyone, and not to segregate humans! ” The Wiedmann Bible” is free of typical stereotypes. So forget what you have learned about the Bible so far.

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The artist, Willy Wiedmann, studied 40 versions of the Holy Scriptures, and implemented this knowledge into his paintings. Over a period of 16 years Wiedmann created something entirely new that has never existed before with intention to male people think, use their own fantasy, discuss the Bible on a whole new level. He treasured up his life’s work. Unfortunately, Willy Wiedmann was not able to make his dream come true – to share it with the world.

The World's longest Painted Bible

Therefore no one has ever seen the complete Bible until now! His His children took on the task of making their father’s last wish come true. The Wiedmann Bible will be presented to the public for the very first time at the “Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag” in Stuttgart June 3rd – June 6th.