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.
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.”
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.
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!”
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.
Sharing the world’s longest painted Bible with the world. This was Willy Wiedmann’s last wish. His son made it his mission to comply with his request. We are raising awareness for this monumental piece of art Willy Wiedmann worked on for 16 years. Millions of people around the world read the Bible everyday. Now you can also study the visualized word of God. Learn more about this one of a kind artwork: www.TheWiedmannBible.com
4,000 people followed their personal invitation from the Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck to attend the annual volunteer appreciation event at Bellevue Castle. “The Wiedmann Bible“ had the honor to be able to attend as well, and we made plenty of new friends.
Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt
Sven Latteyer – the German bus driver who made the impromptu welcome speech to migrants.
We loved the clowns from the organization „Humor Helps Healing“…
…and Our new friends from Bavaria.
The day was really exciting and almost perfect, except for the short rain shower. “The Wiedmann Bible“ would like to thank everyone who volunteers their time to help people or animals in need for free. For nothing is better than a smile or hug from a person you just made a little happier. Keep on doing an awesome job!