Anniversaries and Special Exhibitions
Anniversary Year BTHVN2020: Bonn celebrates Beethoven
In December 2019, the birth of the most played classical composer in the world will be marked for the 250th time. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn and spent the first 22 years of his life by the Rhine. The house where he was born, which is one of the most visited museums in the world, is opening on 16 December 2019 with new premises and a permanent exhibition on the life and works of the composer. The next day, the “Beethoven.Welt.Bürger.Musik” exhibition begins at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn. Up until 26 April 2020, original exhibits will provide an impression of the artist and the man. Another show spans the entire arc from Beethoven to Beyoncé and invites visitors to become sound artists themselves: In the “Music! Hören – Machen – Fühlen” (Music - Hearing - Making - Feeling) interactive exhibition at LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, children and adults can become musicians, conductors, composers and instrument makers up until mid-September.
200 years of Friedrich Engels, Wuppertal
The textile businessman, philosopher, journalist and communist revolutionary, who together with Karl Marx developed the social and economic theory now known as Marxism, was born on 28 November 1820 in Wuppertal-Barmen. The city where he was born is dedicating a programme of events to him, including readings, city tours and exhibitions, on the occasion of his 200th birthday. The highlight of the anniversary year will be the re-opening of the historical centre with the Engels House and the Museum of Early Industrialisation on 28 November 2020.
Albrecht Dürer and Charlemagne meet in Aachen
In 1520, two important historical figures travelled to Aachen: Charlemagne, who was formally crowned king at the cathedral, and Albrecht Dürer, one of the greatest artists of his time. On 7 October 2020, exactly 500 years after the arrival of Albrecht Dürer in Aachen, three exhibitions are to open in Aachen to mark the occasion of this historical meeting. The main exhibition can be seen at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum until 10 January 2021, focussing on Dürer's journey and the associated artistic production. In compliment to this, Centre Charlemagne will address the magnificent coronation of Charlemagne, and the Ludwig Forum for International Art will be showing works by travelling contemporary artists.
Andy Warhol’s world view, Cologne
The “Warhol Now” exhibition focuses on central aspects of the artist that have received less attention up until now: Warhol’ migration background, his queer world view and his understanding of the artist as an entrepreneur. Cologne and London are the only stops in Europe for the exhibition of works, which Museum Ludwig will present from 10 October 2020 to 21 February 2021.
“Keith Haring” at Museum Folkwang, Essen
From 29 May to 6 September 2020, Museum Folkwang will, for the first time, be showing a comprehensive exhibition of works by American artist Keith Haring, who created his art in the context of the topics of the 1980s: the AIDS crisis, the Cold War, the growth of capitalism and the destruction of the environment. More than 85 works, including large format paintings and drawings, posters, photographs and videos, demonstrate a broad spectrum of his oeuvre.
Special Open Air Enjoyment
Münsterländer Picknicktage (Münsterland Picnic Festival)
“Get out into the fresh air” is the motto in Münsterland in 2020. From 18 June, the International Day of the Picnic, blankets will be spread out and picnic baskets unpacked for four days throughout Münsterland’s park landscapes. In gardens and parks, on roofs and promenades, at castles and fortresses. Then it’s into the venerable buildings on Castles and Fortresses Day on 21 June 2020, when the historical buildings open their gates and doors.
LAGA 2020, Kamp-Lintfort
For the former colliery town on the Lower Rhine, mining is an important topic that is also very present during the state garden show, as a central component of guided tours and at a new centre for mining history built on the site of the state garden show. The listed facilities at Kloster Kamp also adjoin the state garden show as a cultural centre: The historical monastery grounds and the new “Kamper Gartenreich” park are connected to Zechenpark by a two-kilometre “experience arbor walk way”. The 18th state garden show in NRW is open from 17 April to 11 October.
Opening Hohe Mark Steig
In spring, NRW is getting another long-distance hiking trail: Hohe Mark Steig runs for about 160 kilometres from Olfen to Wesel, through forests, moors, meadow and lake landscapes in the Ruhr Area, Münsterland and the Lower Rhine. The route thematically connects Hohe Mark Nature Park with the river landscape of the Lippe and Stever and the industrial monuments of the north Ruhr Area.
Opening Solegarten St. Jakob, Kevelaer
The pilgrimage site in Kevelaer will soon offer visitors new opportunities to pause for a moment: Solegarten St. Jakob is planning to open in spring 2020, with a medicinal spring, Kneipp facilities and bible garden promising relaxation, recovery and time to breath.
Cycle expressway opens in the Ruhr Area
Radschnellweg 1 (RS1, cycle expressway 1) is the infrastructural poster boy of the Ruhr metropolis. The route, which is over 100 kilometres long, connects the cities of Duisburg and Hamm from 2020. This will make it the longest cycle expressway in the world.