Hölderlin, Celan and the Languages of Poetry
Museum of Modern Literature
23 May 2020 to 19 September 2021
What is poetry? How do we handle poetry? How does poetry change us, our perception of the world, and even impact – even if just a little – our own lives? Which lines of poetry touch us, which cause our tears, which leave us cool? The exhibition ›Hölderlin, Celan and the Languages of Poetry‹ inspires us to read poems, even difficult poems. It shows Hölderlin’s poems from different perspectives: from their beginnings via their composition through to their effect.
›Hölderlin, Celan and the Languages of Poetry‹ is a journey of discovery, uncovering the traces of Hölderlin’s work in the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. These traces can be found in the work of writers ranging from Wilhelm Waiblinger and Eduard Mörike to Norbert Hellingrath, Rainer Maria Rilke and Hermann Hesse, Hannah Arendt, Mascha Kaléko, Nelly Sachs, Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, through even to authors of the present. The exhibition focuses on the Hölderlin reader Paul Celan, whose extensive literary estate iskept in the German Literature Archive. 2020 also marks a double Celan anniversary: the centenary of his birth, but also the 50th anniversary of his death. (Please note: Due to the renovation work in the permanent exhibition, this part can only be witnessed in a small selection and in a modified form from June 2021 onwards.)
Visitors can even carry out their own research, using experimental approaches to investigate how they read Hölderlin’s texts and how the texts’ poetic power affects them, what makes the traces of Hölderlin’s reception so special, and how knowledge, but also certain spaces and situations, change our literary experience.
Research Partner: Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen and Institut für Psychologie der Universität Tübingen, Centrum für reflektierte Textanalyse (CRETA) and SRC Text Studies Universität Stuttgart, Institut für deutsche Philologie der Universität Würzburg.
Sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung