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Beethoven Foundation


In accordance with its statutes the foundation sponsors projects of cultural excellence and events which enhance the prestige and international importance of the City of Bonn as a city of culture, and especially as the birthplace of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Priority will be given to projects which accompany and supplement the Beethoven Festival Bonn. According to the guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees the sponsored projects should be expected to meet with an extraordinary response, be supportive of international co-operation and make a significant contribution to the attractiveness of Bonn as the seat of international organisations and as a congress location.

The foundation also sponsors projects and events of individual artists, groups of artists and cultural institutions (museums etc.) from the entire spectrum of arts and culture. Projects should be clearly and unmistakably related to Bonn; national and international co-productions are nonetheless welcome.

Sound artists at „bonn hoeren“

Every year since 2010 bonn hoeren has appointed a renowned artist to serve as that year’s city sound artist Bonn. Since 2015 the associated project residency in bonn will be used primarily for the development and realization of a new sound installation in the city. Every year bonn hoeren will work together with a different local cultural institution to achieve this end.

City sound artist 2019 is Bill Fontana

Bill Fontana on his visit of the Beethovenhaus.

The american artist Bill Fontana is one of the early pioneers in the field of sound art. Fontana is one of the most famous and successful sound artists worldwide. Since the late 1960s he has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. Bill Fontana was born in 1947 in Cleveland and lives in San Francisco.


Since 2015, the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn and bonn hoeren organize with sonotopia an annual european competition for students of sound art.

On 21 March 2019, the Beethovenstiftung für Kunst und Kultur der Bundesstadt Bonn presented the annual bonn hoeren - sonotopia award for the fifth year running. The prize winner of the European competition for students in the field of sound art is Julio Lugon (PE/DE), a graduate of the Sound Studies programme at UdK Berlin.

Julio Lugon is the winner of sonotopia 2019

The prize money in the amount of 10,000 euros will go towards the realization of a new sound installation in Bonn in September 2019, which will be presented to the public in the scope of the Beethovenfest Bonn.

A total of 62 works by students at European art academies were experienced on site and evaluated by jury members for sonotopia 2019.

Julio Lugon has been selected to receive the award due to the potential that the jury sees in the further development of his conception of sound as an autonomous entity existing in space. His final student piece from 2018, the installation ´Aristotle´s Jungle´, represents a sort of bio-feedback system, consisting of electric fans, light bulbs, loudspeakers and a series of house plants which enter into a speculative dialogue - a fascinating environment made of light, sound and movement, in which one can speculate splendidly on how history would look if the non-linearity that sound possess was transferred to it.

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  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Meike Böschemeyer/bonn hoeren
  • Meike Böschemeyer/bonn hoeren

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