Friends for a Lifetime

18 April 2004 - 13 May 2004 , Exhibition (including permanent)
Germany - Burg Rheinfels

Hans Christian Andersen and Ferdinand Freiligrath "Hans Christian Andersen - ein Freund für's Leben" Exhibition April 18th - May 13th 2004 in Burg Rheinfels, St. Goar, Germany

In 1843, the German poet and author Ferdinand Freiligrath met Hans Christian Andersen for the first time during Andersen's visit to St. Goar. In his diary, Freiligrath describes Andersen as "a man of 38 years, but nonetheless such a pure, harmless child-like soul, as only the author of 'The Improviser' and 'Only a Fiddler' could possess. I think that I have... gained a friend for a lifetime."

The exhibition in St. Goar created by the multimedia artist group "Die Treidler" takes the friendship of the two men as its starting point, giving insights into the lives and literature of both. The exhibition is one of many events in the extensive Andersen project created by "Die Treidler", a project culminating in a play involving music, the visual arts and, of course, literature. The play will be performed by professional as well as amateur artists and will premiere on Andersen's 200th birthday.



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