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Title... Bonn: the statue in the Freizeit Park

Here is another statue, situated in the Freizeitpark Rheinaue, south west of the city centre, following the Rhine.

Beethoven by Peter Breuer

Who created this statue and when?

One can read this text, under the black and white picture (on the left), in "Beethoven in German Politics, 1970-1989" by David B. Dennis:

"Peter Breuer's model for a Beethoven monument in Bonn. Despite direct financial support from Adolf Hitler, this statue was never completed".

However, one can see that this statue has been completed. But when, and by whom?

This statue is situated in the Freizeit Park Rheinaue, south-east of the town center, and next to the Rhein. To see the plan of the park with the situation of the statue indicated in red, click here. This is necessary as the park is large and the statue is not prominent, almost hidden between a trendy restaurant and a hedge.

Today, the statue has visibly been cut in two (perhaps for transportation?) and has moreover been badly assembled. Furthermore, the bottom left section (see the photo above) was removed and the throne of Beethoven has been shortened.

If it is not a marvel, it exaggerates Beethoven's expression strongly, it is undeniably whimsical and grand.

Click on the vignettes to see the enlargement of Jean-Hubert Guéné photographs...
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
Vue de face
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
De profil : remarquez la coupure au niveau des jambe et le trône tronqué
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
Vue de dos : un morceau de la tête a été importé comme trophée peut-être
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
Le visage de Beethoven
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
Déterminé, poings serrés
Beethoven by Peter Breuer
La statue et moi...
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