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Three special national exhibitions mark Reformation anniversary in Germany

August 06, 2016

Berlin (epd). The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be accompanied in 2017 by three major national exhibitions, according to information given by Barbara Wolf of the German Historical Museum. Special presentations will be hosted by the German Historical Museum in Berlin, the Augusteum in Wittenberg and Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. She explains that the exhibitions build on one another and together draw "a many-faceted picture of Luther and the Reformation". The legendary posting of the 95 Theses by the monk Martin Luther to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on 31 October 1517 is regarded as the starting point of the Reformation, the movement for church renewal in the 16th century.

The first exhibition to open, in April 2017, will be "The Luther effect". Mounted by the German Historical Museum in Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau (building), it will explore the worldwide impact of the Reformation right up to the present. Looking far beyond Europe, it will focus on the traces left by Protestantism, and its acceptance in different cultures.

"Luther and the Germans" is the topic of the exhibition at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, to open in early May 2017. It plans to display how each age has shaped its own image of Luther.

"Luther! 95 people - 95 treasures" will be on show in Wittenberg from mid-May. Visitors will be able to retrace Luther's steps with the aid of selected exhibits. In addition, there will be a presentation of 95 notable figures with a special relation to the Reformer - from hymn-writer Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) to US civil rights activist Martin Luther King (1929-1968).

Valuable loans also on show in the United States

Magnificent treasures and artworks from the age of the Reformation will be shown in the United States from autumn 2016. The German Foreign Office has announced that exhibits relative to the life and work of Martin Luther will be on display at four locations. These shows in the U.S. will be possible thanks to the loaning of valuable items from several cultural and historical collections in Germany.

The three-part exhibition "Here I stand..." will be open from October 2016 to January 2017 in New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Planning was coordinated by the state museum for prehistory in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

The exhibition in New York will focus on events regarded as particularly important for the start of the Reformation. The show in the Minneapolis Institute of Art illustrates the age from the viewpoint of cultural history, including works by Wittenberg painter Lucas Cranach the Older (1472-1553). The Atlanta exhibition will deal with Luther's concept of God's grace.

An art exhibition on the theme of "Renaissance and Reformation" will open in Los Angeles in November 2016. It will show key German artworks from around the year 1500, on loan from the Berlin State Museums, the Dresden State Art Collections and the Bavarian State Painting Collections in Munich.



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