In conversation with Lynette Roth, Head, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art & Daimler Curator of Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums
and Maja Wismer, Head of Art after 1960 / Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Basel
The Joseph Beuys anniversary inspired many to take a fresh look at the artist and his contributions to the Art world. The Goethe-Institut and its partners initiated numerous projects.
Here in New England we connected with Lynette Roth at the Harvard Art Museums to explore their extensive collection of Beuys Multiples. Listen to Lynette and Maja Wismer, former Curatorial Fellow at the Busch-Reisinger Museum and now at Kunstmuseum Basel, discuss the significance of Beuys' Multiples within the museum context while sharing visual insights into their Museums' Beuys collections.
Photo: Mark Römisch From left to right: Johannes Ebert (Goethe-Institut General Secretary), Elke Büdenbender (wife of the President), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (President of the Federal Republic of Germany) and Marina May (Goethe-Institut Boston Director) at the stairs of the Goethe-Institut Boston.
Photo: Mark Römisch President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender arrive at the Goethe-Institut.
Photo: Mark Römisch Consul General Nicole Menzenbach introducing the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Photo: Mark Römisch President of the Federal Republic of Germany during his speech at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Photo: Mark Römisch President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaking at the Reopening of the Goethe-Institut Boston.
Photo: Mark Römisch Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut
Photo: Mark Römisch (left to right): Elke Büdenbender (Wife of Frank-Walter Steinmeier), Marina May (Director of the Goethe-Institut Boston) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (President of the Federal Republic of Germany).
Photo: Mark Römisch Goethe-Institut General Secretary Johannes Ebert welcomes German professional basketball player Daniel Theis, playing for the Boston Celtics since 2017.
Photo: Mark Römisch Karl Kaiser (Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School) and German Secretary of State Michelle Müntefering
Photo: Mark Römisch Actress Sibel Kekilli and Kurt Fendt (MIT)
Photo: Mark Römisch Backstage at Symphony Hall before the concert: Mark Volpe (Executive Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestre), President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Elke Büdenbender, Andris Nelsons (Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig), Skadi Jennecke (Minister of Culture in Leipzig), Andreas Schulz (Executive Director of the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig)
Photo: Mark Römisch President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with Elke Büdenbender with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Photo: Mark Römisch The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performed a joint program of Strauss, Haydn, Schönberg and Scriabin at Symphony Hall
Photo: Mark Römisch German politicians Friedrich Merz and Peer Steinbrück at the post-concert reception with Beer and Pretzels at the invitation of the German President.
Photo: Mark Römisch The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier reopens the Goethe-Institut Boston
On October 31, the newly renovated Goethe-Institut opened its doors to a special visitor: the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife along with a delegation from Germany joined us for a special pre-opening celebration. The visit was followed by a joint concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Germany’s visiting Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which wrapped up the yearlong friendship campaign “Wunderbar Together” that boosted German-American cultural ties throughout 2019.
The President offered inspiring words at both venues, thanking the United States for its friendship and emphasizing the importance of upholding transatlantic relations and protecting democratic ideals together. He pointed to the special role the Goethe-Institut has in continuing to build bridges across the Atlantic:
“Not only are these wonderful, newly refurbished rooms the place where many here in New England will encounter the German language for the first time, the Goethe-Institut also provides a forum for people to meet, learn, and forge personal connections. We need forums like this more than ever today.
It is my hope that this building will be a lively venue for discussion and dialogue on what unites and divides us. I hope that it will be a place where people – bearing in mind the great history of U.S.-German relations – will work on our planet’s common future.”
You can listen to Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s speech at the Goethe-Institut and get a taste for the special evening in the videos below.
Download the English translation here: