11.10.2019 to 16.02.2020 | Exhibition

Orpheus: Dream and Myth in Modern Art

Exhibition at the August Macke House Museum


Orpheus – the mythical singer and priest who charmed the wild beasts, and even plants and rocks, who persuaded the gods of the underworld to bring his wife Eurydice back to life, who failed because of human inability, renounced women and was therefore torn to shreds by the Maenads, but whose head continued to sing – this versatile Orpheus has been a motif for artists of all genres and eras.

On the occasion of the Beethoven Anniversary Year, we will be celebrating this prototype of all musicians and artists with an exhibition sponsored by the BTHV2020 GmbH.

Based on an embroidery designed by August Macke in 1912/13 and its context within his work, the exhibition displays the treatment of the Orpheus material in an exciting exchange of international artistic positions from Symbolism to the present day.

The exhibition shows all varieties of artistic design from the symbolic poetry in paintings and sculptures to graphic sequences and all the way to stage designs and artisanal work.

It contains various art history styles; however the specific themes makes it appear full of individual emotions, reflecting happiness, sadness, death and cruel fate, as well as doubt and the boldness of artistic inspiration, connections with antiquity and the dawn of new developments.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue, including an inspirational text by Elke Heidenreich on the Orpheus myth and its effects on music.


Museum August Macke Haus
Hochstadenring 36
53119 Bonn

Ticket information

Adults €9.50 / Concessions €6.00
Family Ticket €19.00 • Free Admission for Children under the age of 6
Student Groups up to the age of 18 pay €3.00 per person
Groups of 10 or more pay €7.50 per person / Concessions €4.00
Ticket price includes audio guide for the
August Macke – Wohn- und Atelierhaus

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