500th anniversary of the Reformation – Federal Foreign Office presents exhibition projects in the United States

27.09.2016 - Press release

On Thursday (29 September), the two exhibition projects “Here I stand” and “Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach” will be presented at the Federal Foreign Office under the motto #Luther goes USA. From this autumn they will be shown in several locations in the United States. Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Professor Harald Meller, Director of the State Museum of Prehistory in Land Saxony‑Anhalt and Bernhard Maaz, Director General of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, will open #Luther goes USA.

The exhibitions commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On 31 October 1517, legend has it that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.

The Federal Foreign Office is celebrating the anniversary of the Reformation with two major exhibitions in the United States: “Here I stand” features paintings and exhibits on the life and work of Martin Luther and the Reformation and will be shown in New York, Atlanta and Minneapolis, coordinated by the Halle State Museum of Prehistory. “Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach”, a joint project organised by the National Museums in Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich, will be shown in Los Angeles and features prominent works of art from the participating collections to provide a new perspective on the Reformation and its times. The patron of both exhibitions is Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

The two exhibitions will be presented in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office with the poster exhibition “#Here I stand” and individual exhibits as well as a video trailer on “Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach”.

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