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Goethe

Transformation of the World

17 May to 15 September 2019

Johann Wolfgang Goethe is Germany’s most famous poet and writer. His works have been translated into every major language, and characters like Faust and Werther found their way into every genre of art. Like no other artist of his time, Goethe reflected the dramatic changes that sent shockwaves through the very foundations of Europe around 1800. He was not only an attentive observer of the dawn of modernity, but also an immensely versatile artist who continues to inspire writers, painters and sculptors as well as composers, photographers and film directors.
The first major Goethe exhibition in 25 years sheds light on his life, the dawn of our modern world and on the history of the reception of his singular work. Theatre, film and music will play an important role alongside paintings, sculptures and photography.

«Art is a mediator of the unspeakable.»Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€10/ €6.50 (concessions)
Combined ticket for Goethe and Goethe's Gardens 14 €/9 €

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Photographing

Visitors may take photographs (without flash) in this exhibition. Share them on social media and use the official hashtags.

For legal reasons, this rule does not apply to all images. The works that are not allowed to be photographed are marked accordingly. We ask you to respect this.

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Illustrations
  1. Johann Joseph Schmeller, Goethe (detail), copy after Joseph Stieler, before 1838, oil on canvas© bpk/Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Ruth SchachtJohann Joseph Schmeller, Goethe (detail), copy after Joseph Stieler, before 1838, oil on canvas© bpk/Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Ruth Schacht
  2. Johann Joseph Schmeller, Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his Study, oil on canvas© Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia BibliothekJohann Joseph Schmeller, Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his Study, 1834, oil on canvas © Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
  3. Posters, 2001, 1990 und 1988
  4. Olafur Eliasson, Tell me about a miraculos invention, 1996, Installation, variable dimensions© Courtesy ARoS Kunstmueum Aarhus, DenmarkOlafur Eliasson, Tell me about a miraculos invention, 1996, Installation, variable dimension © Courtesy ARoS Kunstmueum Aarhus, Denmark
  5. Porcelain set with Werther scenes, 1789, 17 pieces, painted and gilded© Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart 2019Porcelain set with Werther scenes, 1789, 17 pieces, painted and gilded © Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart 2019
  6. Johann Philipp Hackert (Umkreis), The Colosseum in Rome, (detail), 1780–1790, oil on canvas© Freies Deutsches Hochstift / Frankfurter Goethe-Museum, photo: David HallJohann Philipp Hackert (Umkreis), The Colosseum in Rome (detail), 1780–1790, oil on canvas © Freies Deutsches Hochstift / Frankfurter Goethe-Museum, photo: David Hall
  7. Andy Warhol, Goethe (29/100), 2019, Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf, 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artits RightsAndy Warhol, Goethe (29/100), 1982, 2019, Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artits Rights
  8. Asta Gröting, Goethe’s Travelling Coach, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: carlier | gebauer GmbH, Berlin; Bernd BorchardAsta Gröting, Goethe’s Travelling Coach, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: carlier | gebauer GmbH, Berlin; Bernd Borchard
  9. Posters, 2019, 1918 und 1981Posters, 2019, 1918 und 1981
  10. Carl Friedrich Lessing, Monastery in the Snow (detail), ca 1830, oil on canvas © Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln, photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv KölnCarl Friedrich Lessing, Monastery in the Snow(detail), ca 1830, oil on canvas © Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln, photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln
  11. Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Two Men on a Sofa (detail), 1786/87, © Museum Casa di Goethe, photo: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom (Enrico Fontolan)Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Two Men on a Sofa (detail), 1786/87, © Museum Casa di Goethe, photo: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom (Enrico Fontolan)

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Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
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Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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