The Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be hosting the “No Greater Love” exhibit through early October 2014.
The exhibit features a vast array of artists, styles and mediums to portray a deeply personal message about the Savior’s love and how the Savior expresses that love for humankind.
“As I was looking through the collection at the different paintings and works of art that we have, there were many that showed Christ’s love,” said Angela Fisher, museum curator. “That love really stood out to me as an overwhelming theme. As we put these up we’ll be better able to understand the love that Christ has for each of us.”
From Russian graphic artist and member of the LDS Church Yuri Mogilevsky to Dutch Artist Rembrandt van Rijn, each work in the 21-piece collection brings a different aspect of Jesus’s love to light.
“Christ isn’t here on Earth with us,” said Devin Orrock, a BYU student. “Art is really broad. To an individual who has an ability to paint, that can be a way to express the nature of Christ.”
The collection is another way to experience Christ’s love through visual interpretation. The museum has five Rembrandt prints for display that will be rotated every three months.
“Christ’s love is much more powerful if you can see it,” said Andrew Huff, a math major at BYU.
The “No Greater Love” exhibit is also an opportunity to see works that haven’t been displayed before, explained Angela Fisher, museum curator.
“This exhibit shows artwork from other countries that portray the work of Christ,” Fisher said. “Visiting the exhibit will give BYU students a wider perspective of Christ’s love and of what is available in the LDS art world.”
Though it has an LDS emphasis, the artists come from a variety of backgrounds and religions. The exhibit is open to all ages.
“To have another medium other than words, in that case maybe art speaks more profoundly to individuals,” said Devin Orrock, a psychology major from Alpine. “It kind of helps get the word out there that Christ himself is love.”
The Church History Museum is located at 45 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, and the “No Greater Love” exhibit is free. The exhibit will be on display through early October 2014. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.