Welt. Bürger. Musik.
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