In the first biographical exhibition ever dedicated to the Rhine, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany will highlight the river’s more than 2,000 years of cultural history from September to January. From the Roman period to the building of Gothic cathedrals and ongoing wars between France and Germany – ‘Father Rhine’, as the Germans like to call the more than 1,230-kilometre-long river, has had a rich and often dramatic history. Today, the Rhine is one of the world’s busiest rivers as it is a major transportation route. Since it has been part of Western Europeans’ identity for many centuries, the Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn decided to show an exhibition on the river in cooperation with the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn. Following the course of the Rhine from its sources to the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, the exhibition The Rhine: The Biography of a European River will show more than 300 exhibits documenting the cultural history of the river.


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