OPEN SECRETS: RELIIQUARY FOR THE PROTO-21ST CENTURY

KARPELES MUSEUM JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 5, 2001 - APRIL 25,2001
         

 Each of the five sealed wax urns inside Seed Requiem holds a different type of edible seed. On each seed is written a letter. Letter by letter is the English translation of the vocal parts of the first five movements of Brahms' Requiem. All the text is biblical but free of specific denominational references. The first movement is written on corn. The second movement is written on barley. The third is sunflowers seeds. The fourth is lentils and the fifth is pumpkins seeds. The five urns correspond to the five movements played at the Vienna premier.

 

 

 Movement 1 - Corn

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. They sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Mathew 5:4  

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bring his sheaves with him.
Psalms 126:5,6  

 Movement 2 - Barley

For all flesh is as grass, and the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.
1 Peter 1:24   

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it , until he receive the early and latter rain.
James 5:7

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
1 Peter 1:25

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 35:10

 
 

 Movement 3 - Sunflower Seeds

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee... Surely every man walketh in a vain shrew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
Psalms 39: 4-7

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall be no torment touch them.
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1    

 Movement 4 - Lentils

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.
Psalms 84:1, 2,4   

 
 

 Movement 5 - Pumpkin Seeds

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you
John 16:22   

Ye see how for a little while I labor and toil, yet have I found much rest.
Ecclesiasticus 51:27   

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you...
Isaiah 66:13   

 
 

 
 

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