fontane.200/Author – The Main Exhibition

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The exhibition fontane.200/Author places the visitors squarely in the midst of Theodor Fontane’s worlds of writing and texts.

What is the source of his ideas? How does he invent his characters? Why do some things keep surfacing in his novels; why are others hidden? How do the »realism effect« and the special Fontane »sound« evolve? How do we recognize art? And: what is it about literature that inspires us?

fontane.200/Author portrays Fontane as a sampler of words, a writer-thinker, and a text programmer. Fontane, who had to make his living from journalistic and later literary writing, was a writer in the literal sense. A prolific notetaker and tireless editor, who, with pen in hand, thought on paper and handed over the reins to his text. And, if he got stuck writing, he took a short break by playing cup-and-ball at his desk.

The leitmotif of fontane.200/Author comprises Fontane’s words that he invented and discovered from other sources; words that are »written« in the Neuruppin Museum and throughout Neuruppin: two hundred examples, ranging from »Abschreckungstheorie« (deterrence theory) and »Menschheits-Beglückungs-Spekulationen« (speculations on making humanity happy) to the »Weltverbesserungsleidenschaft« (desire to make the world a better place) and the »Zärtlichkeitsallüren« (airs of tenderness).

An accompanying book will be published by the Verlag Berlin-Brandenburg.
Bookstore Edition: 28 €, ISBN: 978-3-947215-39-3

The exhibition fontane.200/Author invites everyone to rediscover Fontane’s literary work in a fun and unusual way. It combines literary research with modern museum design in order to tap into Fontane’s texts with all its senses. It is created in cooperation with various research partners.
One of the foundations for the exhibition is the digital edition of Fontane’s notebooks, which will be deciphered and commented for the first time under the direction of Dr. Gabriele Radecke (Theodor-Fontane-Workspace of the University of Göttingen)  (supported by the Lower Saxony State and University Library, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Brougier-Seisser-Cleve-Werhahn Foundation). The digital analyzes of Fontane’s literary texts, which are used in the exhibition as possibilities for different ways of reading, are developed in close cooperation with the director of the Theodor-Fontane-Archive, Prof. Dr. Peer Trilcke, and the »Network Digital Humanities« of the University of Potsdam. Furthermore, the exhibition will be advised by the experts on Fontane’s estate at the Theodor-Fontane-Archive of the University of Potsdam and Bettina Machner of the Stadtmuseum Berlin/Sammlung zur Literaturgeschichte.

On display

March 30 till December 30, 2019


March 30, 2019, 4.30 pm

Visitor’s adress

Museum Neuruppin
August-Bebel-Straße 14/15
16816 Neuruppin

Information and visitor’s service

T. +49 (0) 3391/355 510 0
F. +49 (0) 3391/355 511 7

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Accompanying program

The main exhibition offers a large accompanying program für children, teens and adults as well as barrier-free and inclusive events.

Contact persons

Media contact:
Imke Tramnitz

Guided tours:
Daniela Schniegler

Exhibition content:
Dr. Katharina J. Schneider

Education and mediation:
Ann Luise Kynast M.A.

Travel Directions

By train:
RE 6 (Wittenberge – Berlin-Spandau)

By car:
Highway A24

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