Otto Dix Lithographs of Matthew on Exhibit October 10
Decatur, GA.—Lithographs depicting the Gospel of Matthew will be exhibited in the Harrington Center on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus from October 10 through December 22. The series by artist Otto Dix is called “Matthäus Evangelium” and is from the collection of Sandra and Robert Bowden, of Chatham, MA. A German Expressionist, Otto Dix (1891-1969) is known for his work in the 1920s that focused on those at the margins of society. He was deeply affected by his service in World War I, and his early work reflects those experiences. His post-World War II work was largely religious in nature. During that time he produced the Matthäus Evangelium series. “It is evident in the exhibit that Otto Dix had an intense interest in and knowledge of scripture,” says Kim Clayton Richter, Director of Lifelong Learning Events. “He begins the Matthäus Evangelium series, not with the birth of Christ, but with a drawing of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, revealing the artist’s understanding of the Atonement, and that the coming of the Messiah was to be a sacrifice for all humanity. The second lithograph in the series is the Adoration of the Magi, continuing with many scenes that follow the Gospel according to Matthew to its conclusion in the Great Commission.” A professor of art at the academy in Dresden, Dix was elected to the Prussian Academy. In the early 1930s the Nazi regime, incensed by Dix’s antimilitary works, branded his art “degenerate,” confiscated 260 of his paintings, and dismissed him from his teaching post. The show is free to the public and may be viewed 8:30-4:30 weekdays at the Harrington Center. To arrange for evening or weekend viewing, contact Kim Clayton Richter, Interim Director of Lifelong Learning Events, at 404-687-4578. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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