The launch of the Bonn Art Project was marked by the installation of a monumental “Beethoven” sculpture by Markus Lüpertz. Created especially for Bonn’s Stadtgarten, the bronze was unveiled to the public by Werner Müller (Board Chairman of the RAG Foundation and Board Member of the Foundation), Jürgen Nimptsch (Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn) and Jürgen Flimm (Artistic Director of the German State Opera Berlin) on March 30, 2014.
Rather than fashioning a portrait, Markus Lüpertz sculpted an associative homage to the artist. Measuring 2.70m in height and weighing in at 1,100 kg, the figure boasts two heads: One is dedicated to the character and genius of the famous composer, the other visualizes his work. “Beethoven’s dramatic life”, explains Markus Lüpertz, “his genius, his vulnerability all demand a dramatic interpretation of such a colossus. I have endeavoured to do justice to Beethoven with an art work of great intensity. For an artist it is marvellous to be able to honour the illustrious son of a city such as Bonn in his art.“