In Bed with Martin Luther

As people slept swiftly and happily

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his theses in Wittenberg. As a kickoff to the Reformation Year, the Tokyo-based artist Tatzu Nishi, who became known through his transformation of historical monuments such as the Columbus statue in Central Park in New York, has subjected the Luther monument erected in Eisenach in 1895 to an artistic transformation. For this, over the base around Luther, he built a 3.8-meter-tall house that can be entered by visitors. It at first conceals the monument, to then facilitate an impressive encounter with Martin Luther in the bedroom for those who come in.

The book accompanying the art action looks at Nishi’s contemporary art in its examination of Luther’s historical legacy.

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In Bed with Martin Luther

December 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0341-8

12,50 × 18,50 cm

84 pages

33 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Alexander Ochs, Johannes Sparsbrod

Text by
Johann Hinrich Claussen, Alexander Ochs, Johannes Sparsbrod

Design by
Frederik Foert, Berlin

Installation Tatzu Nishi: “Alsdann flugs und fröhlich geschlafen (In Bed with Martin Luther)”, 15.10.–17.12.2016, Karlsplatz, Lutherstadt Eisenach