John Baldessari Beethoven's Ear

Hotel Beethoven

News June 16, 2020

Exhibition at BOZAR (Brussels, BE)

Orpheus Instituut partners up with BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, for the exhibition "Hotel Beethoven". Included in the exhibition is the reconstruction of Beethoven’s Gehörmaschine, developed by the Declassifying the Classics research cluster.

13 OCTOBER ’20 — 17 JANUARY ’21

250 years after his birth, Ludwig van Beethoven is more than ever an icon. In the midst of all the celebrations to mark his birthday, BOZAR opens the doors of the HOTEL BEETHOVEN. This exhibition about the composer, his music and his ideas will look at how Beethoven remains relevant to us today. An exceptional musical innovator, he also provides a springboard for questions about the democratic and physical power of sound. How can we listen with our bodies when hearing is not an option? If art can change the way in which we see the world, can it also change the way in which we listen? How do visual artists translate sounds and music into images, movements and lines? 

From popular culture to conceptual art, from 1770 to 2020, including manuscripts and instruments alongside work by artists such as Antoine Bourdelle, Andy Warhol, Katie Paterson and John Baldessari, HOTEL BEETHOVEN is a time-travelling musical mix of different eras and points of view.

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Inside the Hearing Machine

Exhibition organized in collaboration with the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn in the framework of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the commemoration year BTHVN 2020.