This exhibition is closed until 31 December due to current health measures. If you have a ticket, you will find all the necessary information on this page. It is still possible to reserve your time slot, for a visit from 2 January 2021. Take good care of yourself, your family and friends.   

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.
So put down your suitcase and stop for a while to meet people, art and ideas from all over the world around a universal icon. Welcome to HOTEL BEETHOVEN.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. Funded by the German Minister of State for Culture and the Media.

Did you know?

  • Hotel Beethoven: A World Theatre

    With a major exhibition, numerous concerts, and a string of talks and literary events, birthday boy Beethoven is definitely the centre of attention at BOZAR this autumn. The ever changing icon is also the subject of 6 radically contemporary visual interpretations by artists from all over the world. The series of short films kicks off with a live-streamed event on September 29, 2020.

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  • Livestreams

    Beethoven - From Ear to Here

    What do orchestra director Philippe Herreweghe, writer Claudia Durastanti and psychiatrist Dirk De Wachter have in common? Undoubtedly, their passion for Beethoven’s music! The conference series Beethoven. From Ear to Here provides a kaleidoscope of perspectives. From the standpoint of Beethoven and his work, ten leading figures from wide-ranging backgrounds will reflect on the role of art in society, on artist engagement, and on listening and its role in democracy. The multiple viewpoints will give rise to a subjective and nuanced portrait of the German composer, as the world marks his 250th anniversary in 2020. The eight conferences will provide an in-depth look at Beethoven’s iconic stature and put his work into a present-day perspective.

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Ongoing and forthcoming