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2004 - present

Scenes from the Bible is a long-term project by Adriaan Rees and Ronald van Wieren. Van Wieren, a professional photographer based in Amsterdam, started to take pictures from Rees' work from the very start of his career in 1990. That means that he knows more than anyone else how to photograph his sculptures, installations and projects.


In Scenes from the Bible, Rees and Van Wieren are working on an equal base and develop everything together: starting idea, concept, setting, models, final result and presentation. Both are highly fascinated by the stories and how to put them in a contemporary context.

Adriaan Rees

scene #1


Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you."

- Genesis 22:1-2

made in Amsterdam (2004)




Abraham - Peter Franke

Isaac - Sam Rees

Messenger from God - Adriaan Rees

scene #2


At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.


When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer.

- Judges 19:26-28

made in Amsterdam (2006)




Eris Koops, Bram Berlips, Marten Jongema,

Sara Broekhuis and bystanders

scene #3


As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

- Luke 7:38

made in Amsterdam (2006)




Maria Magdelena - Iris Roskam

Jesus Christ - Louis Verschoor

scene #4


Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

- 2 Samuel 18:9

made in Amsterdam (2009)




Absalom - Sam Rees

scene #5


But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg

and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground,

and he died.

- Judges 4:21

made in Amsterdam (2019)




Jael - Jamilla Kessler

Sisera - Rene Rikkelman


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