To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Deutsches Historisches Museum is inviting you on a journey leading through five centuries and four continents. The first exhibition, “The Luther Effect”, shows the diversity and historical impact of Protestantism, but also its potential for giving rise to conflicts in the world. What traces of Protestantism can be found in other denominations and religions? How has Protestantism itself changed as a result of these encounters, and not least: How have people made Protestant teachings their own – how have they shaped and lived them? Starting from the Reformation in the 16th century, the exhibition presents a worldwide history of the impact and reciprocal effects of Protestantism, using the examples of Sweden, the USA, South Korea and Tanzania.
The Deutsches Historisches Museum is presenting the exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on an area of some 3,000 m² and bringing together outstanding exponents from national and international lenders, many of which have never before been displayed in Germany. Supplementing the exhibition are numerous cultural and educational events and fringe programmes. A richly illustrated catalogue will also be published.
The Deutsches Historisches Museum’s presentation is one of the special national exhibitions commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in the year 2017 funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The exhibitions are under the patronage of the Federal President. The German Savings Bank Finance Group is the principal sponsor of the exhibition “The Luther Effect. Protestantism – 500 Years in the World”.