25.06.2020 to 24.07.2020 | Exhibition

'Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!' - the Beethoven collection of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

The Beethoven collection of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin


The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is proud to hold outstanding Beethoven treasures. It is generally not sufficiently known, that the library building at Unter den Linden houses one of the world’s most important collections of Ludwig van Beethoven’s handwritten musical scores as well as also important biographical sources.


The Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) owns a treasure of Beethoven relics. Unknown to many, the library on the Unter den Linden boulevard is home to one of the world's most significant collections of sheet music manuscripts by Ludwig van Beethoven and important biographical sources.

The treasures of the collection include extremely valuable and outstanding autographs that are rarely displayed as originals for the sake of their preservation. The 2020 Beethoven Anniversary Year offers the perfect opportunity to open the vaults of the State Library and show the public an unprecedented breadth and depth of original Beethoven documents within the framework of an exhibition.

The exhibition will present, among other things, the original scores of the Fidelio opera and the Missa Solemnis mass. Few know that the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is also in the Music Department of the Berlin State Library. The world’s most popular work of classical music was included in the UNESCO "Memory of the World" register in 2001 and continues to inspire people around the world with its Ode to Joy to this day. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see the autograph with their very own eyes. In addition, the exhibition will also present original letters and the so-called conversation books. The latter were used to document the "conversations" that the deafened composer had with visitors and close friends and family with the help of pen and paper.

The Beethoven Collection exhibition is the first presentation of Beethoven materials at the Berlin State Library since German Reunification. It will correspond with an exhibition planned by the Beethoven House (Beethoven-Haus) and the Art and Exhibition Hall (Bundeskunsthalle) in Bonn.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue.


Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 8
10117 Berlin

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Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

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