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About the Foundation
The Wiedmann Bible Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
It is our understanding that art provides a perfect tool to experience the Gospel because it shapes the imagination of faith communities and enables people to become engaged in the story of the Bible. The Art of the Wiedmann Bible is such a tool, especially for those who prefer visual learning or are afraid to read the Bible.
The foundation also wants to honor the legacy of Willy Wiedmann by publishing his masterpiece, the Wiedmann Bible, in all forms, the 19 Leporello books and the 3,333 paintings he gave to the world. We encourage people to do as he did: create greatness with the talents you have been given, even if it seems impossible.
The foundation intends to have tours within the US, where people can gather, worship and have the opportunity to see the Wiedmann Bible and enjoy God’s word in pictures, i.e., in Museums, Town Halls, Stadiums, Concert Halls and all venues that are helpful to fulfill its mission and its vision.
The Wiedmann Bible
The Wiedmann Bible is the only existing visual narrative of the Bible depicting the Old and New Testament in 3,333 images. This unique piece of art is named after the Stuttgart-based artist Willy Wiedmann (1929-2013). For 16 years, he worked on the Leporello, which is more than 1 km long. Wiedmann did not have the opportunity to publish his work. Therefore, he buried his dream and the Bible in the attic of his gallery. Here his son, Martin Wiedmann, discovered it after his father’s death.
Since 2015, the Wiedmann Bible is on its way to fulfill its mission: to share the Bible with everyone and to visually engage people with it, thus giving them a new way to access and understand it.
Blessed with multiple talents, Wilhelm Richard Heinrich (Willy) Wiedmann was a musical, artistic, and literary all-rounder. Under various aliases, he exhibited in national and international galleries and played for world-famous celebrities such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, etc. For decades, Wiedmann ran a gallery in Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt, which in the meantime has reopened as “Gallery Wiedmann”. Wiedmann’s passion, however, was ecclesiastical painting. In doing so, again and again he rose to new challenges. Yet it was his desire to create something unique and extraordinary and share it with Christians around the world.
“Hence the desire fuelled to paint, as I know today, the greatest work human mankind has ever created…“