2007 Minneapolis Institute of Arts Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha


Martin Luther: Art and Reformation

Daily from Oct. 30-Jan. 15
Time Varies
Art, Museums

It makes sense that a museum in Minnesota, a state known for its large protestant — particularly Lutheran — population, would host the first major exhibition in the U.S. to survey the impact of the Protestant Reformation through major works of art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences with “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,” a show exploring the movement’s influence on the art world. Featuring paintings, sculptures, gold, textiles, and works on paper, as well as Luther’s personal possessions, the exhibit highlights his belief that art could be used as a tool for worship, teaching, and propaganda. Organized in partnership with four German institutions, the show includes works that have never before left Germany, offering a fresh look at Luther and the enormous impact the movement had on European culture and spirituality. Archaeological finds from 2004 and 2005 excavations uncovering the household goods of Luther and his family from his boyhood homes in the towns of Eisleben and Mansfeld, as well as his house in Wittenberg, will also be shared.