Faith, Knowledge, Self-DeterminationPicture Gallery
The LUTHER 1517 Panorama represents a cross-section of society 500 years ago, when Martin Luther dramatically changed the history of religion across the world with his 95 Theses to reform the church. The Panorama enjoys a unique connection with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by the Evangelical Church in Germany and Luther's hometown of Wittenberg.
LUTHER 1517 focuses on the individual man and the impact of his actions. Asisi unites numerous scenes in a single work that depicting the shift from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern era. The Panorama covers a period of about 30 years. From the six-metre high pedestal of a balladeer, visitors can witness the happenings that rocked the small village of Wittenberg around 1517. The historical figure of Martin Luther is the spiritus rector for this transformation, displayed in various scenes at different ages. The reformer consorted with countless individuals in various configurations, all of whom represent the spirit of the era and the cultural setting of the time. Famous contemporaries such as Frederick the Wise and Lucas Cranach can be recognised, as well as a number of anonymous citizens, nobles, craftsmen and farmers performing their daily routines.
For Asisi, ROME 312 and LUTHER 1517 form historical brackets that represent the beginning and landmark transformation of the Christian church.
Two unique publications on the project take you on a journey back in time to the Wittenberg of the Reformation around 1517. In addition to an in-depth look at history, Yadegar Asisi's artistic approach is also presented.
From the pilot project EVEREST onwards, Yadegar Asisi is collaborating with the well-known composer and pianist Eric Babak. In close collaboration between the two artists, the impressive soundscape of the panoramas is harmonized directly in the exhibition space with the lighting patterns to create an atmospheric overall installation. Depending on the project, the productions use, among other things, large orchestras and choirs, but also minimalist synthesizer sounds in combination with everyday noises to make the special atmosphere of the themes audible and tangible in the constant change of panorama sequences.