Poster Exhibitions


Poster Exhibitions

Do you want your lessons to be diverse and practically oriented? Then borrow a poster exhibition free of charge from the Goethe-Instituts in Washington and Chicago! Choose your topic - German fairy tales, inventions, geography, or music - and make the theme come to life in your classroom. 

The Goethe-Institutes in Washington and Chicago each lend out four poster exhibitions to schools. Rental of the exhibits is completely free and includes posters and accompanying teaching materials. You only bear the cost for return shipping to the respective Goethe-Institut (please note that shipping may cost $10-$20 depending on the poster exhibit).

Request a set of posters by choosing from the below topics. All you need to to is click on "order" and arrange for hands-on lessons with the poster exhibition.


Beginner or advanced learner, school or adult education ... learning is much more fun with music. The project "Lautstark" presents 15 successful German popsongs on 14 posters which offer multiple causes to talk and discuss during German classes. The enclosed CD with 15 popsongs supplements the project. 

If you are interested, you can borrow the poster exhibition plus the CD for 4 weeks from the Goethe-Institute. Enclosed teaching materials can be found on the Lautstark website.

© Pitopia, Alfred Emmerichs

Hightech and nature, sports and culture: Germany is multifaceted. This poster exhibition introduces 13 German cities and landscapes including different ascpects, e.g. nature, leisure and tourism, but also history and culture.

If you are interested, you can loan the poster exhibition for 4 weeks from the Goethe-Institut Washington, D.C.. Accompanying teaching materials can be found on the exhibition website.


Cars, television or computers - German inventions changed the world. Germany observes a continuously increasing number of employees in the science and research sector. Bright prospects for an innovative future in an innovative country - in particular for young people from the U.S. who are interested in studying or in a research visit in Germany.

The exhibition presents on 16 posters German inventions to students. You can find educational material to the poster exhibition on the Erfinderland-Webseite.


Germany is the home country of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The fairytale collection of the Hanau-born brothers was first published in 1812 and still enchants children from Germany and all over the world. On 9 posters, topics such as "Villains in Fairy Tales", "Magic and Wizardry in Fairy Tales" or "Animals in Fairy Tales" are presented. The poster exhibition is accompanied by a movie series of the most popular Grimm tales: Mother Hulda, The Brave Little Tailor, The Frog Prince, The Wishing Table, Rapunzel, The Bremen Town Musicians, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Snow White and Cinderella.

If you are interested, you can borrow the poster exhibition and selected DVDs for 4 weeks from the Goethe-Institut Washington. Educational materials can be found on the Märchenwelten website.

The Goethe-Institut Washington lends various fairy tale DVDs to German teachers. When ordering the poster exhibition, a maximum of three DVDs can be borrowed for four weeks. The following films are available; for a detailed description of the films, please read the list of films.
  • Puss in Boots
  • Snow White
  • Mother Hulda
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Wishing-Table
  • The Brave Little Tailor
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Rapunzel



The exhibition consists of seven Graphic Novels from the series "Berliner Mythen" by award-winning cartoonist Reinhard Kleist. The frame story: The taxi driver Ozan chauffeurs passengers through Berlin and tells them myths about the places they drive to while listening to their personal stories. This leads to the creation of a special kind of of city guide.
The Berliner Mythen (Berlin myths) are based on a collection of folkoric stories spanning four centuries in connection with the Berlin Metropolitan topology. The original idea for the book came from the publisher's reader Michael Groenewald and from Lutz Göllner, an editor at the Berlin city magazine "Zitty", which published the series "Berliner Mythen" from 2013 to 2015. 

For use in classrooms please find further materials for a rallye (level A2 / B1) here:
The exhibition consists of seven novels (36 posters). The rallye encompasses all novels, but it is possible to request only a selection of the exhibit. When ordering the poster exhibition, please let us know which novel(s) you would like to order. The accompanying book "Berliner Mythen" will also be loaned free of charge upon request.  

© Goethe-Institut


"Die Macht der Gefühle" is an exhibition of photographs and texts relative to Germany’s past 100 years of society and politics created by Utte and Bettina Frevert for the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and under the auspices of Germany’s foreign affairs, the posters highlight the power of emotions to drive political and social affairs.

The 20 posters were created in the context of humanity living in the age of permanent agitation, while facts are called into question by perceived truths and the political arena cannot deal with heated emotions. Each poster presents a photograph and text that bring people’s reactions to and coping mechanisms with the political state of affairs to the forefront.


This exhibition deals with German history in 1989/90 and shows the peaceful protests of GDR citizens who brought the SED dictatorship to its knees. In addition, it is about the self-democratization of the GDR, German-German solidarity and the regaining of German unity.

The exhibition consists of 20 posters showing over 100 photos and documents. With the help of the QR codes, 18 video interviews with protagonists of the Peaceful Revolution can also be accessed. The exhibition was published by the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur and the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Länder.

More information
Additional materials for teachers


Availability Chicago

Poster Exhibit  On loan 
Lautstark verfügbar
Deutsche Städte und Landschaften available
Erfinderland available
Märchenwelten until January 31, 2020
Berliner Mythen until December 31, 2019
Von der Friedlichen Revolution zur deutschen Einheit until December 31, 2019


Availability New York / Boston

Poster Exhibit  On loan 
Lautstark available
Erfinderland available
Macht der Gefühle available
Von der Friedlichen Revolution zur deutschen Einheit available


Availability Washington

Poster Exhibit  On loan 
Lautstark available
Deutsche Städte und Landschaften until Nov 15, 2019
Erfinderland available
reserved from Jan 06 - Feb 10, 2020
Märchenwelten available
Berliner Mythen available


Available in the following States

The poster exhibitions can be requested by schools from the states which are serviced by the respective Goethe-Institut:

Goethe-Institut Chicago
​Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Goethe-Institut New York & Boston
Connectictut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Goethe-Institut Washington
Alabama, Arkansas, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

Is your school located outside these areas of service? Please contact your closest Goethe-Institut to receive further information.