SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church History Museum announces the exhibition, 'No Greater Love,' which will include works showing Christ's love in his earthly ministry and resurrection. This exhibit will open September 20, 2013 and continue through October 2014 in the museum theatre gallery.
The exhibit will display artwork of the Savior's greatest acts of love, such as the Atonement and his death on the cross, acts of service and healing and the promise of his return. The art features a range of artistic styles, media and approaches. Whereas most of the works of art feature images of the Savior, some will be interpretive pieces that encourage viewers to think about the meaning of Christ's life and the great love he demonstrated through his Atonement and Resurrection.
This exhibit includes artwork from renowned artists such as the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. A different etching by Rembrandt van Rijn will be replaced every three months throughout the duration of the exhibit, creating a new experience when visitors return. Rembrandt's etchings are internationally acknowledged for their intricacies and craftsmanship. Other artists include merited Russian graphic artist Yuri Mogilevsky, popular LDS artist Simon Dewey and many others.
The exhibit theme is based upon a scripture in the New Testament, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life his life for his friends" (John 15:13). When asked how the theme of the exhibit came to be, exhibit curator Angela Fisher said, "I began to look through the artwork in our collection without an agenda of what the exhibit was to be. As I came to the artwork about Christ, I felt an overwhelming feeling of His love as He served people individually. Christ's love was so apparent in the artwork, I knew that this exhibit needed to focus on His love he has for us."
The artwork for this exhibit has been specifically chosen in order to offer a peaceful and rejuvenating experience to its visitors. Though the artists come from different Christian backgrounds and different countries their works all share the message of Christ's love. Visitors of all faiths are invited to come and reflect upon what it means to love perfectly and how to emulate pure love for others.
A Family Guide will be available with the exhibit, encouraging families and other groups to explore the artwork together. Children and their parents can discover more about the creation and symbolism of the artwork through activities provided inside the guide.
The Church History Museum is located at 45 N. West Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. All events are offered with no charge.