With “Jim Button and Luke the engine driver”, “Momo”, and “The Neverending Story”, Michael Ende (1929-1995) created timeless classics of children’s and young adult literature, which have been translated into over 40 world languages and are read as enthusiastically today as when they were first printed in the 1960s and 1970s. The oeuvre of Ende, one of the first authors of German-language fantasy literature, appeals not only to children and adolescents, but also to adult readers. While not without its detours, Michael Ende’s life was marked by a constant dedication to art and to creativity in its many manifestations. He was awarded the German Children’s Literature Award no less than twice, in 1961 for “Jim Button and Luke the engine driver” and in 1974 for “Momo”.
Ende’s works have been turned into films, puppet theatre productions, plays, and operas. This vibrantly illustrated exhibition presents stages from the life and work of Michael Ende, creating a lively impression both of his development as an author and of his most important works.
30 picture and text panels with photographic materials from Michael Ende’s estate and prints from his books
Bilingual text panels (German/English, additional translations in the work)
18 March - 16 April 2021:
Public Library in Wendlingen, Germany
Michael Ende at the works: from the partial estate of Michael Ende, Stiftung Internationale Jugendbibliothek © Michael Endes Erben, represented by AVA international GmbH
Exhibitions at the Children's Book Fair in Rabka, Poland (Photo: Goethe-Institute), in Landshut, Germany, and at the Book Fair FILIJ in Mexico-City (Photo: Goethe-Institute)