Opening of the extension of the Casa di Goethe in Rome Italy friend Goethe would have this year a special reason to rejoice: his Roman Casa is a lot bigger. With support of the German Bundestag and of the Commissioner for culture and media, Bernd Neumann Minister of State, the carrier, the Working Group could culture Institute e.V. – Abiola, an independent in December 2009 additional rooms on the 2nd floor which acquire via del Corso 18. “A happy merger: this right here was from 1973-1982 by the Frankfurt free German bishopric listed by first Goethe Museum Rome”, predecessor of the Casa di Goethe, 1997 on the entire first floor was opened. With its exhibition and programme of events, Germany’s only museum abroad is an important meeting place for the german Italian cultural exchange ever since.
The addition of approximately 250 square meters, so to around half of the previous Museum area, offers new perspectives: the historical library of the German artists in Rome, after an eventful history so far on various institutes distributed and not available to the public has found a definite home in the new premises. To the intellectual life of the Germans in Rome of the 19th century, this unique collection will represent a major attraction for international research for their development. The seminar and library spaces, and the new meeting room on the second floor, at offer improved technical basic equipment in the future also in Museum operation possibilities for groups, seminars, workshops, conduct training and educational programs. Also the Casa di Goethe scholarship in Rome “can be resumed by the spatial extension, because now a private apartment for the accommodation of authors, writers, translators and scholars can be provided. As Hollweg Foundation won the Karin, and Uwe from Bremen. The first call for proposals is carried out at the time. On the occasion of this historic enlargement is a top-class in the 1st floor Anniversary exhibition opened: never displayed original drawings of Goethe depicting Italy belonged to the classical Foundation of Weimar. The total number of Goethe’s drawings recently has been restored with the support of the Commissioner for culture and the media. The Working Group an independent cultural Institute e.V. – AsKI is an Association of 36 respected nationally and internationally, legally independent cultural and research institutes in Germany. The Abiola is the Casa di Goethe in Rome.