The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World.


The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World.

Martin Luther in der Amtstracht des evangelischen Geistlichen – © Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom 1834 – © Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Martin Luther im Kreise von Reformatoren, 1625/1650 – © Deutsches Historisches Museum

In the autumn of 1517 Martin Luther published his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences. Today the Theses are seen as the beginning of the Reformation – a movement that had a lasting influence on German history and changed the world. The idea of the medieval Universal Church came to an end with the Reformation; thought and politics, life and religion, the way people related to work and society underwent a fundamental change.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation the German Historical Museum is presenting the exhibition “The Luther Effect. 500 Years of the Reformation” (w.t.) in the Martin-Gropius-Bau from April to November 2017. It spans the time from the Reformation to the present day. With an unflinching view beyond German and European borders the exhibition examines the global effects of Protestantism.

The exhibition focuses on the question of the “Luther effect”: What impact and consequences did the Reformation have and what role did the historical person Martin Luther play in this? Possible answers can be found in the individual themes of the exhibition. They deal with the historical transformations of the image of Luther, the international effect of Lutheranism as demonstrated in selected examples as well as the social and cultural ramifications of Protestantism.

The show to be presented by the German Historical Museum is one of four national special exhibitions on the occasion of the Reformation jubilee. Supported by the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and the Media, the exhibitions will take place, in addition to Berlin, in Torgau (2015), on the Wartburg in Eisenach and in the “Luther city” of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther preached and taught. Patron of the exhibitions is Federal President Joachim Gauck.

An exhibition of the Deutsches Historisches Museum in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

To Event Calendar Martin-Gropius-Bau from 04/12/2017 to 11/05/2017


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