On 6 December 2018, the exhibition to mark the centenary of our namesake opened its doors. By the time the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close in spring 2020, more than 15,000 people had visited. Through its pictures, the exhibition offered a unique overview of a life that spanned a century, portraying the person behind the politician, publicist and elder statesman, as well as what Schmidt believed were central themes and contemporary events. The exhibition shows “the pragmatist, the polemicist, the realist, the soldier, the ‘leading employee of the republic’, the European and global thinker, the Hanseatic citizen, the art lover and the artist, the publicist and man in demand, and last, but by no means least, the man at Loki’s side” (Peer Steinbrück in the foreword to the exhibition catalogue). The photo exhibition "100 Years in 100 Pictures" was on display from October 2, 2021 to March 27, 2022 at the Wollhalle Gallery in the Barlachstadt Güstrow.
The photo exhibition on the 100th birthday of Helmut Schmidt is now experiencing its second stop outside Hamburg. The colleagues of the Stiftung Reichspräsident-Friedrich Ebert-Gedenkstätte in Heidelberg are showing the exhibition until July 24 this year.
Here you can find more information about the opening day on April 6, 2022.
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