Travelling exhibition

Michael Ende

Life and Works in Texts and Pictures

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. They are read as enthusiastically today as when they were first published 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 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 milestones in the life and work of Michael Ende, creating a vivid impression both of his development as an author and of his most important writings.

Content of the exhibition:
30 picture and text panels with photographic materials from Michael Ende’s estate and prints from his books

Bilingual text panels available in German/English, German/Spanish and German/Polish. Further translations upon request

Next venues:
In cooperation with the German Studies Association of Euskadi, Rioja and Navarra (GERN) / Spain:
11 September - 20 October 2023: Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Getxo
13 November - 21 December 2023: Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Vitoria-Gasteiz

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Krakow / Poland:
September 2023 - January 2024: Zakład Przyrodoleczniczy, center for cultural events in Rabka, Poland

Further dates in planning!

Michael Ende at his desk: 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)