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Program of Weimar 1999

Poster for ECCM Exhibition "Twenty Years Later" in Patras 2006

Curator: Spyros Mercouris

Online Exhibition: Heritage Radio

The annual program started on the 19th of February and during the year there were over 300 various cultural manifestations, organized in five themes: ‘Goethe Complex’, ‘Weimar in Europe’, ‘The Difficulties of Memories’, ‘Ten Years Later’ and the separate thematic block devoted to the beginning of the new millennium.

Numerous events entailed meetings plus exhibitions. For example, when the Economic Forum of the Regions of Europe met to discuss "culture as economic factor' in Weimar, May 3 / 4 1999, this was preceeded by a photographic exhibition 'OSMOSIS' showing works of 14 photographers + curated by Hatto Fischer.

Bauhaus in Weimar

Source: Martin Mader and Hermann Gutmann, Weimar, (1999), Karin Mader Verlag, p. 38

As a city where Joachim Wolfgang Goethe, Joachim Sebastian Bach, Franc List, Friedrich Nietzsche… lived and worked – Weimar will, in its titular year, celebrate several important jubilees: 250 years of Goethe’ birth, 80 years of the establishment of the Weimar Republic and the Bauhaus School in that city, 50 years of the division of Germany and ten years of its reunion.

The dark side of the former artistic Mecca consist is the existence of holocaust Buchenwald, several kilometres away of the city, where during the Second World War 56,000 people died.

Within the complex ‘The Difficulties of Memories’, on 22nd of January there was opened a symbolic path that links the castle on the hill Etersberg, ‘the emblem of humanistic refinement of Weimar royalty’ and holocaust Buchenwald, the emblem of spiritual collapse.


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