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Big shadows Zwingli Finale in the Grossmünster:

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Choir boys and a unique Bible light show set the mood for Advent


For 11 months, the Grossmünster in Zurich proclaimed messages about the Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli and showed his biographical axis. The last event will take place on December 1st, at which the visitors will debate and discuss what has become of the influence of the Reformation. For the finale of the “Schattenwurf Zwingli”, a unique Bible takes center stage: The Wiedmann Bible.


The Wiedmann Bible is both a bible and an art. It consists of 3,333 hand-painted individual pages. The Wiedmann Bible is the only one in the world to reproduce the entire Old and New Testament in visual language. The artist behind this work is Willy Wiedmann. He worked on it for 16 years. Unfortunately, he was unable to publish the illustrated Bible during his lifetime. The reason for this: the technology was far from ready to convert such a mammoth work into a portable form. After Wiedmann's death, his son Martin discovered the now dusty boxes in the attic and faced the challenge of fulfilling his father's dream. To do this, he had all the images digitized. In the meantime, a digital Bible world has emerged from the 1.2 km long Leporello.


At the same time, the Zurich Boys' Choir, readings from the Bible and an impressive show by the light artist Gerry Hofstetter get visitors in the mood for Advent. Grossmünster pastor and ambassador of the Reformation anniversary Christoph Sigrist is enthusiastic: "It is an honor for me that the Grossmünster appears in the most beautiful Advent light, to the wonderful sounds of the Zurich Boys' Choir and the great photos from the Wiedmann Bible."


We would like to invite you to the event on December 1st, 2017 at 7 p.m.