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Easter exhibit presented at Church History Museum

Events of the last week of the life of the Savior are depicted in art

Contemporary and historical works of art depicting the final week of the Savior's mortal ministry, crucifixion and Resurrection are on display at the Church History Museum beginning this Easter season and extending through June 17. It is free to the public.

"First News of the Resurrection," painted by Rose Datoc Dall in 2011, is one of the newer art works in the Church History Museum Exhibition. Works will be displayed through June 17. Admission is free.
"First News of the Resurrection," painted by Rose Datoc Dall in 2011, is one of the newer art works in the Church History Museum Exhibition. Works will be displayed through June 17. Admission is free. Photo: Courtesy Church History Museum

Highlighting the exhibit is a relief sculpture in gold by world-famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali titled "The Sacrament of the Last Supper."

"This version of the Last Supper is very unique," exhibit coordinator Ray Halls said. "Dali was a surrealist who often created bizarre and fanstasy-filled works, but this piece, though abstract, captures the reality of the conflicting emotions of the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper."

Also noteworthy is a fired ceramic blackware pottery set of the Last Supper by Navajo artist Harrison Begay Jr.

The exhibit also features interpretive pieces that invite viewers to consider the broader effect of Easter events in their personal lives. Ron Richmond's painting of a table spread with a white 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," Brother Halls said. "They include the scenes of Christ before Pilate, the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane and several images of the Last supper.

The museum is located directly west of Temple Square at 45 North West Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. It is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays. It will be closed on Easter.

Information can be obtained by calling 801-240-4615 or by visiting the website at history.lds.org/place/church-history-museum.

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