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Jan.-March Tue-Sun 11 am - 5 pm
In 2002, at Lübeck's Glockengießerstraße 21, the Günter Grass House opened its doors as a forum for literature and visual arts. Günter Grass has been living in the environs of the Hanse City since 1986, and the office of the Nobel laureate is housed in the same building. The historic group of buildings therefore provides the ideal location for the presentation of his creative work within an up-to-date museum set-up. The main focus of the museum is the exploration and presentation of literature and visual arts, as they come together in the work of Günter Grass, who is not only a writer, but also works as graphic artist, painter and sculptor.
Despite being located in close vicinity to the name giver, the Günter Grass House is an independent museum. For interdisciplinary research the museum has access to a collection of more than 1,100 original drawings, lithographs, water colours and etchings as well as numerous manuscripts. The exhibition "Hitting the Imprecise With Precision" based on the collection continually provides new insights into the creative processes of the artist and shows up connections between the two worlds, the literary and the visual, in his creative work. The exhibition also highlights aspects in the life and work of Günter Grass who is known for causing public controversy both in his work and his political statements.
In a separate series of exhibitions the museum presents artists who work in more than one creative discipline. Among those artists with dual or even multiple talents who have been shown at the museum are such diverse personalities as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hermann Hesse, Gottfried Keller, Arno Schmidt, Ernst Barlach, Janosch, Robert Gernhardt and John Lennon.
The courtyard between the street front and the museum itself, a space where many original sculptures are displayed, as well as the pretty garden between the Günter Grass House and the Willy Brandt House invite visitors to linger.