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BTHVN WEEK: Pure Beethoven

"Art demands of us that we shall not stand still" ‒ Beethoven wrote this to his friend Karl Holz in a conversation book during the composition of his String Quartet Op. 131. A few years earlier, on 29 July 1819, in a letter addressed to his close friend and student, the Archduke Rudolph, he wrote: "In the world of art, as in the whole of our great creation, freedom and progress are the main objectives".

This idea of progress, development, moving ahead is basic to the understanding of Beethoven's music. In 16 concerts divided in four blocks, we shall witness this in every block and in almost every concert.

The idea is that listeners attending the concerts of just one block can get a thorough impression of Beethoven's evolution and of the variety of his chamber music production. Instead of presenting the complete chamber music by Beethoven in the traditional way, we chose to mix genres and styles and performers in order to get a deeper, richer understanding of Beethoven's procedures and his continuous struggle to explore and conquer new territories.

The stage will be taken both by musicians and ensembles which have played in previous editions of the BTHVN WEEK, and by new musicians and ensembles who have shown an equally deep commitment to Beethoven's music. We shall also have a mixture of modern instruments and historical performance practice, trying to offer in this way in the performances at the Chamber Music Hall of the Beethoven-Haus the broadest possible approach to this inexhaustible treasure of Western chamber music.

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

No other Beethoven painting is as famous as the portrait from Joseph Stieler (1781-1858), showing the composer holding the manuscript of the Missa Solemnis. It is one of the most known items of the Beethoven-Haus collection and as such a perfect choice for a special exhibition to introduce the anniversary year 2020.

By means of original paintings and archived items, the exhibition is to explain the history behind this important Beethoven portrait and how it fits into the overall context of presenting notable public figures from German politics, society and culture of the 19th century. Another exhibition aim is to show the multi-faceted impact of the portrait – an impact that began when Beethoven was still alive and that is still ongoing. It has resulted in a huge number of various art works, from oil paintings to video installations, from kitsch items to dealing with Beethoven and his oeuvre in a serious way. All these derivative works confirm the portrait's everlasting and special appeal.


2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

2019 December 17 until 2020 April 26

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in co-operation with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn (venue: Bundeskunsthalle; Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn)

The multidisciplinary exhibition refers to Beethoven's global relevance and how the composer is perceived around the world. It brings to life the political and historical background from around 1800 as well as the different living conditions when society stood at the threshold from feudalism to the civic era. At the same time, Beethoven is presented in the historic and cultural context of a fundamentally changing society, thus illustrating the question of Beethoven's self-perception and self-staging as a "free artist". In this connection, the generally known image of a lonesome music genius is to be challenged in order to direct the focus on the complex network of relations Beethoven maintained with his contemporaries. Beethoven's oeuvre is presented based on randomly selected major works that document his artistic evolution and corroborate the trend-setting style and tremendous effect his compositions had.

The exhibition is set up chronologically and illustrates the crucial events in the composer's life and work, disruptions and problems included. It was explicitly developed for the general public and no musical knowledge or skills are required.

Sponsored by: The German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

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