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Prepare your visit Ticketing Future event Ville de Genève, Musées d'art et d'histoire Crédits photographiques : © Musée d'art et d'histoire, Ville de Genève, photographe : Yves Siza Auteurs : Ferdinand Hodler (Berne, 14.03.1853 — Genève, 19.05.1918) Titre : L'Unanimité Datations : 1912/1913 Matières et techniques : Huile sur toile mise au carreau; Peinture Dimensions : haut.: 52.5 cm; larg.: 163 cm; Haut 52.5, larg 163 cm N° d’inventaire : 1939-0044

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the MIR, the association of Friends of the Museum has mandated HEAD – Geneva (High School of Art and Design) to organize a competition open to its students with a view to creating an artistic intervention on the facade of the Maison Mallet.

Christian Bili, winner of the competition, based his installation on an original reading of the Bible. Throughout the duration of the intervention, a computer reads the text of the Gospels and converts it into binary language which is written using two characters: 0 and 1. The sequence of "0" and "1" commands then continuously two projectors which light up behind the central window of the facade. The yellow light corresponds to 1, the violet to 0.

The mysterious luminous ballet that animates the facade therefore artistically recalls, with the means of the 21st century, the central role of Scripture in the emergence of the Reformation of the 16th century. Sola Scriptura expresses the Protestant principle that the Bible is the ultimate authority to which Christians and the Church submit.


The biblical text read by the computer is taken from The Holy Bible, which contains the Old and New Testaments, published in 1669 in Amsterdam, by Louys & Daniel Elzevier. A copy of this Bible, on loan from the Historical Museum of the Reformation, is on display at the Museum for the duration of the installation.