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Burden of Dreams (c) Janus Films

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Until December 7, 2015

Kino 2003 – 2015: Your Favorite Films

This final series in our Kino before our January 2016 move presents some of our most successful films. The next film, Burden of Dreams, documents the making of Werner Herzog's popular film Fitzcarraldo in the jungles of Peru and Ecuador. It also captures the chaos and many problems encountered. More...

Until Thursday, December 3, 2015

Surveillance Blind

Who controls and makes use of the information generated by our sharing society is a question being challenged and contested worldwide. The artists in this exhibition investigate the paradox of these connections, probing our relationship to data collection and interpretation. More...

We are closed on November 26-27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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    Helmut Schmidt | Photo: Picture Alliance/Ulrich Baumgarten

    On the Death of Helmut Schmidt – More than the Chancellor of the Century

    As a politician, Helmut Schmidt was the crisis manager and world economist. In his retirement, the publicist and elder statesman. After being voted out as chancellor, his popularity grew from year to year.More ...
    Revolutionary discovery: Albert Einstein’s theory of the curvature of space; © NASA

    One hundred years Relativity Theory – Albert Einstein’s new cosmos

    In 1915 Albert Einstein presented the Theory of Relativity. His equations and his impressive personality brought him international fame.More ...

    Current Projects

    Future Perfect   deutschenglish

    The Goethe-Institut and the foundation Futurzwei collect stories for tomorrow – lived today, everywhere.
    Silvan Zurbriggen

    Advent Calendar 2015

    From A for Adventskranz to Z for Zuckerstange: Your daily dose of everything you need to know about German Christmas traditions.
    Borofsky sculpture known as Man/Woman as its centerpiece Photo (c) Theresa Keil

    Baltimore – What can the arts do?   deutschenglish

    Since the violent death of Freddie Gray, the people of the city of Baltimore want justice: a challenge for the judicial system, but also for the arts.

    Transatlantic Outreach Program   deutschenglish

    Resources on Modern Germany for K-12 Social Studies Educators in the US and Canada.


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    Rethinking - Learning from Nature

    Umdenken - Learning from Nature (c) Goethe-Institut
    This exhibition teaches German and environmental protection. On display at Heritage High School in Leesburg Nov. 5 - 20.

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