Luther Exhibitions in the United States

New York City: “Word and Image”
October 7, 2016 to January 22, 2017

The Morgan Library & Museum will present an exhibition called ‘Word and Image,’ which displays rare paper samples and also selected art works about Martin Luther’s life. As a highlight, the exhibition features one of only five still existing printed copies of the 95 theses Luther posted onto the church in Wittenberg. Also on view is the letter Luther wrote to Pope Karl V., which was later bought by American entrepreneur John P. Morgan, who gifted it to German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1911. In 2015, it was accepted into the index of the UNESCO Memory of the World program and is ordinarily shown at the Luther House in Wittenberg.  For more information see:


Minneapolis: “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation”
October 30, 2016 to January 15, 2017

The most comprehensive exhibition will take place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: ‘Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation’ will show major original samples such as books, graphics and paintings (including some by Lucas Cranach) to give visitors a detailed overview of Martin Luther’s role in the Reformation. Moreover, the exhibition paints a picture of the cultural and historical environment of the Reformation in the 16th century as well as Martin Luther’s family life by archaeological findings at his parental home and the Luther house in Wittenberg.  More information can be found at:


Atlanta: “Martin Luther, Lucas Cranach and the Promise of Salvation”
October 11, 2016 to January 16, 2017

The cabinet exhibition ‘Law and Grace: Martin Luther, Lucas Cranach and the Promise of Salvation’ will focus on Lucas Cranach’s painting “Gesetz und Gnade“(Law and Grace). This painting displays the main concern of Martin Luther’s reform: The perception of the salvation of humans only through the mercy of God. Also part of the exhibition will be many printed works from the Kessler Reformation Collection as well as selected exhibits from the four cooperating German museums. More information can be found here:


Los Angeles
“Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach”
November 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017

The LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) will be displaying great objects from the period between 1460 and 1580, which was marked by immense changes in not only thought and philosophy but also science and religion, in a special exhibition named “Renaissance and Reformation.” Approximately 100 objects from this period of conflicts and civil wars by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach and many more will be shown to highlight how these events influenced the artists of the time and their works. More information can be found here:

Via Christian History Institute.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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