You may find this interesting:
Did you know that Concordia Seminary lost a valuable piece of art around the time of the Walk-Out, some 34 years ago? Did you know we recently got it back?
Well, we did. “Jacob and the Angel,” a hand-stenciled woodcut print by Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe, disappeared in early 1974. No trace, no clues, no proveable explanation. Watanabe was the first artist to use traditional Japanese styles and techniques on explicitly biblical themes, so he is a significant figure in modern Christian art, as well as a very popular artist in the U.S. But because he did his prints in sets of 50 or so at a time, we have succeeded – after years of trying – in locating and purchasing one of our lost print’s identical “sisters.”
And to celebrate, we have put all twenty of our Watanabe prints into an exhibit in the Library’s art gallery for the Spring Quarter. Our collection of Watanabes hasn’t been on exhibit in many years. The full set of 20 images hasn’t been together in 34 years. So we invite you to come in to see our entire collection – one of the largest Watanabe collections in the U.S. – and join us in celebrating the return of our “prodigal” piece.