The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection

Beginning on April 28, the Hall of Crucifixion Resurrection is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 AM-4:30 PM.

In accordance with Covid-19 safety protocols, the 25-minute presentation will not be shown, however, visitors may enter the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection in order to view Jan Styka’s monumental painting. Please follow one-way routing signs beginning at the front of the building. Visitors are required to wear face masks over their nose and mouth and remain a minimum of 6 feet away from one another. Staff is regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces, and touch-free hand-sanitizer stations are available for visitors.
 

The Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection is closed on the following dates for special events:

May 14, 2021
June 18, 2021
July 11, 14, & 15, 2021
August 13, 2021
 

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion painting, by Polish artist Jan Styka, was originally brought by Styka to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904. Because of its massive 195 foot long/45 foot high size, he was unable to display it and was forced to return to Poland without it because he could not pay the duty to take it home. Styka, whose self- portrait is seen in the painting as the figure of Saul (Paul), died in 1925 without ever seeing his painting again.

 

The Crucifixion was stored in several warehouses over the years until Forest Lawn Founder Dr. Hubert Eaton and his colleagues located it at the Chicago Civic Opera company in 1943. Forest Lawn purchased it after World War II and built The Hall of the Crucifixion for the express purpose of displaying Styka’s work. It opened on Good Friday in 1951.

 

 

The Resurrection

The Resurrection was commissioned after a 25-year long and futile search for an epic painting to complete the Trilogy. A contest was held and American artist Robert Clark was selected to create the piece. Featuring Christ outside his tomb looking towards the heavens where the faithful throughout the years were gathered, Clark’s work was completed in 1965.