Uppsala archdiocese celebrates 850 years with the jubilee exhibition Heaven is here in Uppsala Cathedral, from 18th June to 16th November 2014. Read more below.

Sacred art is created by men and women to express their faith and their longing. The exhibition Heaven is here is about meetings – between then and now, man and God, spiritual and material.

The church heritage of buildings, art and artefacts carries with it the people – those who have believed, sought, doubted, those who once dreamed of the objects, designed the churches, hammered the silver and sewed the vestments. Their work embodied a searching. They have something to tell us. Perhaps they knew and understood something we have lost? Their forgotten voices echo from the stone carvings and paintings.

The exhibition displays artworks and other objects borrowed from many churches in Uppsala diocese, museums and libraries, in a meeting with modern art. The objects have travelled to Uppsala Cathedral, just as they once travelled from the workshops where they were made – local as well as foremost in Europe – to the church that was to be their home. To browse through the exhibition is also to travel, a kind of pilgrimage through station’s on life’s road – from a Christian as well as a historical, humanitarian and existential perspective.

What does it mean to be human? To be a parent? Can you point to the presence of God?

The exhibition is inspired by the Spanish exhibition series Las Edades del Hombre that has drawn millions of visitors, and by the major exhibitions of sacred art at various places in the country at the beginning of the 20th century. Sweden boasts one of the world’s largest collections of mediaeval church art, and these exhibitions have rekindled enthusiasm for preserving, restoring and spreading awareness of the church’s cultural heritage.

We hope that the jubilee exhibition put on to celebrate 850 years of Uppsala archdiocese in 2014 will in the same way increase awareness and inspire more exhibitions around the country to bring the church’s cultural heritage to a general public.

The initiative for the exhibition concept Heaven is here was taken by Lars Åstrand, canon precentor and assistant to the archbishop. The exhibition is promoted by the Church of Sweden central office, Uppsala diocese and Uppsala Cathedral parish.

We extend warm thanks to all who have made this exhibition possible, especially the parishes in Uppsala diocese who have generously loaned objects from Sweden’s greatest living, working cultural heritage.

Helene Warpe Nymansson
exhibition project manager

Uppsala ärkestift firar 850 år med jubileumsutställningen Himlen är här i Uppsala domkyrka, från 18 juni till 16 november 2014.

De världsunika föremålen i utställningen är tillverkade med olika tekniker och representerar tusen år av hantverksskicklighet och kyrkokonst.