Daily Archives: 09/11/2016

A wander around the Institute’s permanent collection followed the visit to the Martin Luther exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Here are some of my favourites.

The hanging sculpture is Ahab by Alexander Calder (1953). If anyone knows what the piece on the wall is, I’d be grateful to hear from you.


I’m a sucker for ancient Chinese horses. Here’s Celestial Horse, a 1st century creation from the Eastern Han dynasty.


This is Duluth Living Room created by John S Bradstreet in 1906.


Who doesn’t enjoy anything by Chuck Close? This is Frank (1969).


In the gallery of works by artists from Minnesota is this painting by Julius Holm. Tornado over Saint Paul. (1893)

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is hosting the exhibition Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation, marking 500 years since the religious Reformation in Europe led by Martin Luther. The exhibits included scriptures and posters, paintings, objects, textiles and objects relating to Luther’s life.

This reconstructed space includes furniture from “The Luther Room” in Wittenburg.



Luther delivered his last sermon from this pulpit on 15 February 1546. The object itself dates back to 1518.


As well as items specific to Luther and his work, are contemporary items with which he would have been familiar. This is a hood worn by a plague doctor. The beak was usually “filled with herbs or sponges soaked with fragrant oils to ward off the putrid “miasma” thought to carry disease.


We visited on Wednesday 9 November, just after listening on the radio to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. This notice on the consultation process with interfaith advisors was seemingly prescient.

“While the religious arguments of the 1500s may seem distant, present-day rhetoric around religion remains dangerously divisive. Perceiving those with different beliefs as the “other” as Luther wrote of Jews and Muslims, still happens and negatively impacts the lives of our neighbours and community members.

Through honest and respectful dialogue, our advisors are working toward a more inclusive society, and believe that exhibitions such as this one can foster similar conversations leading to understanding and empathy. We encourage you to have those conversations and find what binds us together – while celebrating our differences.”