The Church History Museum now features an Easter exhibition that includes contemporary and historical works of art depicting the final week of the Savior’s mortal ministry. The exhibition is free to the public and will be on display through June 17, 2013.
One highlight of the collection is a relief sculpture in gold entitled The Sacrament of the Last Supper by world famous twentieth-century Spanish artist Salvador Dal. “This version of the Last Supper is very unique,” says exhibit coordinator Ray Halls. “Dali was a surrealist who often created bizarre and fantasy-filled works, but this piece, though abstract, captures the reality of the conflicting emotions of the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper.”
Another notable piece is a fired ceramic blackware pottery set of the The Last Supper by world renowned Navajo artist Harrison Begay, Jr.
The exhibit also features a number of interpretive pieces that invite patrons to consider the broader effect of Easter events in their personal lives. Ron Richmond’s painting of a table spread with a white table cloth reveals nearly hidden images of a goblet and plate from the last supper and evokes questions about what that event means to the world.
“The art works go beyond just depicting the Savior on the cross,” says Halls. “They include scenes of Christ before Pilate, the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane, and several images of the last supper.”
The Church History Museum is located directly west of Temple Square at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays. The museum will be closed on Easter Sunday. For more information, contact the museum at 801-240-4615 or visit history.lds.org/place/church-history-museum.