Dusseldorf: Heinrich Heine Institut & Theatermuseum

In the last few weeks it’s been very hot in the whole of Europe. Thank goodness we’re having a real summer and none of that wishy-washy nonsense we normally have to put up with. Apart from going into town, barbequing at the Rhine and swimming at a local pool, Georgiana and myself have been to the Heinrich Heine Institute and the Theater museum, both in Dusseldorf.

 

This will be a short post, as neither was much fun.

 

The Heinrich Heine Institute was, on the day we went, manned by a single lady at a desk – who most cheerfully allowed us in and presented us with a free English audio guide. When taking the tour, the audio guide often failed to give us additional information to what we could already see for ourselves and proved excellent at stating the obvious. There was some nice furniture and a few paintings, but at the end of the tour, we still failed to see why this man was held in such high regard.

 

Heinrich Heine Institut

 

At the Theater Museum we did not fare any better. First, it does not cater to English-speakers. We were explained in fine detail by the man taking our coupons which way to walk and what to see first, beginning with the temporary exhibit which seemed to have been put together by a bunch of amateurs. It consisted of a collage of sorts, made up by home-printed and cut photographs of behind-the-scene footage. Normally I love to see photographs, but not like this.

Upstairs, where the permanent exhibition resides we were treated to  a few nice images and costumes – but we had come expecting a little more….history. One room particularly, centered around WWII was remarkably empty. I ventured into a hallway (the door was open to allow a draft in the hot weather) where I found a beautiful piece – the best in the building I dare say. A shame it wasn’t officially on display.

 

 

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