Focus

The Awardees 2020 f.l.t.r.: Zukiswa Wanner © Brian Otieno, Elvira Espejo Ayca © Michael Dunn, Ian McEwan © Annalena Mcafee

Awardees of the Goethe Medal 2020

This decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany honours luminaries who have performed outstanding service for the German language and for international cultural relations. The awardees in 2020 are South African writer, publisher and curator Zukiswa Wanner, Bolivian artist and museum director Elvira Espejo Ayca and British author Ian McEwan.

Europa - what now? Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Europe

Crisis and the rise of the right wing... We refer to Europe mainly in terms of its political and economic systems. What do we mean by "Europe" and "European" ideas? How do we want to contribute to these ideas and continue to shape a common, a #SharedEurope?

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert © Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1859 | 1842)

A Victorian Love Story

German is the language of love – no-one would have agreed more than Queen Victoria when she fell head over heels with the Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Learn more about the relationship between the two, and why they communicated in German.

 

Zeitgeister

This side of populism

In global conversations between Budapest, Cairo, Brasilia, Nairobi, Moscow, Salzburg and Zurich we debate common narratives of populists in different countries: Has the “elite” really lost contact with the “people”? What does it really mean to take people’s fears seriously? What is hidden behind the phrase “You still have to be allowed to say that”?

Neues Bauhaus in Dessau

Bauhaus

Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in 1919 – and in doing so revolutionised architecture, design and the way we think about it. What influence does this art school have today?

Series: Future Libraries © raumlaborberlin on behalf of Kulturprojekte Berlin

Future Libraries

With our series “Future Libraries” we shed light on challenges, trends and examples of success around the future of the library.

Beyond the grey: a different way to live. Photo (detail): © picture alliance / dpa / Jens Wolf

Living Between Town and Country

How do we want to live? In view of skyrocketing rents and property prices in cities worldwide, this is not so easy to answer.