By Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel

Not a single note will resound in Bonn’s Beethoven Hall during the Beethoven Jubilee. It is currently being renovated and remains a construction site. Taking advantage of this situation, the Berlin artists’ collective Rimini Protokoll will ask a few questions during a theatrical site inspection: How should past things be translated into the present? What is a jubilee meant to celebrate?

‘Bauprobe Beethoven’ (Beethoven – a scenographic mock-up) places the commemoration of Beethoven in a larger context. Post-war German history is written into the building itself – a history of rebirth, glory and affluence, but also of neglect, strife and loss of meaning.

Rimini Protokoll’s trademark is their use of amateur actors, so-called ‘experts in everyday life’. Their current project likewise involves people whose work and lives are closely connected with Beethoven Hall. ‘Bauprobe Beethoven’ thus breathes life into the Hall – prematurely – and perhaps addresses Beethoven as a ‘permanent construction site’, a figure constantly slipping out of our grasp.


Sponsored by Kunststiftung NRW
A project within the context of BTHVN2020, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis and the City of Bonn.