Beethoven in the art of medals

Special exhibition in the museum of the Beethoven-Haus


They are made of gold, silver, bronze or iron and come from almost all countries of the world - the medals and coins commemorating Ludwig van Beethoven. This form of commemoration has existed since 1827, the year of the composer's death, and has remained alive up to the present day, gaining great momentum especially in recent times. Important medallists such as Josef Daniel Böhm, Edouard Gatteaux, Arnold Hartig and Bruno Eyermann have designed Beethoven medals, and countries all over the world - from Europe to China and New Zealand - have had commemorative coins minted in his honour.

The special exhibition deals with a wide variety of questions about this special form of small art and places it in a larger art-historical context by comparing it with examples from graphics, painting and sculpture. It also shows a selection of international commemorative coins, including those edited for the Beethoven anniversary in 2020. In addition, further examples are presented digitally and important exhibits are presented in more detail in an accompanying publication.


Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Bonngasse 20
53111 Bonn

Admission prices

Adults: 10,-
Reduced: 7,-
Family ticket (up to 2 adults and own children): 19,-


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