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2019

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.

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Freies Deutsches Hochstift, Frankfurt/Main, the Goethe Museum Düsseldorf and the Museum Casa di Goethe, Rome, under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Goethe's Gardens
Green worlds on the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle

13 April to 22 September 2019

The garden on the rooftop of the Bundeskunsthalle beckons visitors to feast their eyes and minds. In 1776, when Goethe moved into his first Weimar home not far from the river Ilm, he was particularly interested in the extensive garden and immediately set about its redesign. In addition to a kitchen garden, he created a small landscape garden in the English style with winding paths and shady spots to rest and read. He kept numerous flowerbeds for his botanical experiments that led him to develop his own theory on the metamorphosis of plants. When he moved into the house on the Frauenplan in central Weimar, he once again devoted a great deal of attention to the garden and devoted a pavilion to his collection of minerals, rocks and fossils from all over the world.
The Bundeskunsthalle roof garden will pick up on all these aspects. Because it will change with seasons, visitors are advised to return from time to time.

Power Play
Anna Uddenberg

5 April to 22 September 2019

Anna Uddenberg explores social conventions, norms and rhetorics. She challenges ingrained ways of thinking and seeing as well as our mental and physical mobility. With her sculptures and installations, she reflects our everyday life and investigates how new technologies, especially social media, affect our consumer culture. She analyses social and cultural systems and scrutinises the role and the cliché-driven role models of women. Her hybrid sculptures – pieces of ‘seating furniture’ and unrealistic ‘ideal types’ – testify to the artist’s interest in space (for the critical analysis of social conditions and utopias) and forms of representation.
Uddenberg’s exaggeration of the female body and her method of constructing it as a synthesis of ready mades and handmade objects hold up a mirror to modern society. Her visually irritating and often surprising works challenge us to question the norms and values of our time.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

22 March to 14 July 2019

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.
This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

The exhibition was developed by the National Portrait Gallery, London, and organised with the Bundeskunsthalle. Michael Jackson. On the Wall is produced with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson Estate.

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