The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours: Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00
The Goetheanum offers a full-year study program, "Foundations of Anthroposophy," in English! (The full-time study overseen by the General Anthroposophic Section, is also offered in Spanish/Portuguese and German.) Students from around the world, of various backgrounds and ages, come for an academic year of Anthroposophic studies, including artistic classes.
There are 11 sections at the Goetheanum that offer conferences throughout the year, often translated or held in multiple languages. See the individual websites for current programs.
The following schools and sections offer occupational Anthroposophical courses, diploma programs and research options in Dornach: eurythmy (performing arts section), painting (visual art section), education, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, mathmatics/astronomy and natural science. The youth section located on the Goetheanum hill, houses a multitude of activities and international conferences in English, German and Spanish. The literary arts and humanities section and the social science section can be contacted for questions about involvement, study or research.
The 11 Sections for the School of Spiritual Science are involved in world issues and research projects.
Here is insight into their current projects: General Anthropsophy ·Natural Science · Agriculture · Medicine · Theraputic Education and Social Therapy · Education · Mathematics-Astronomy · Arts and Humanities · Spoken and Musical/Performing Arts · Visual Arts · Social Science · Youth Section
We are continually working on the English site. Do you like something we are doing, or is there something that you would like to see here? Email us with inquiries, comments and suggestions, Attn: EN website.
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On the 20th of September, 1913, the Foundation Stone of the Goethanum was laid into the hill in Dornach. The special form, made of two different sized Penta-dodecahedrons bound together, signifies an embryo shining through to the copulas built over it: the double-room. The principal of the two different compositional approaches, each one complementing the other, runs through the whole building.
In the exposition, "Seals and Columns " (2007) and "In the Vibrational State of Life” (2011), the aspects of development and metamorphosis in the Goetheanum building, as well as the motive of the “Representative of Man between Lucifer and Ahriman” stood in focus.
The emphasis for the exposition of the 100th anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone is directed towards the interpenetration and the Double-Room. Besides the first Goetheanum, the Münich Congress building of 1907 (its precursor), and the Johannes-building Project, as well as the second Goetheanum sketches, planes, photos and models, are also presented. The exposition shows works from Rudolf Steiner, Alexander, Strakosch, Carl Schmid-Curtius, Max Benzinger, Ernst Aisenpreis, Carl Kemper, Erich Zimmer, Hermann Linde, Hilde Boos-Hamburger and Hilde Raske.
Anna Krygier asked curator Dino Wedland questions about the physical foundation stone in “Goetheanum” No. 38/2013.
Krygier: Where is the Foundation Stone?
Wendtland: There is the myth that is lies under the podium, that is not correct. In our exposition, there is a plan from September 1913 which shows that a fire-proof wall was planned with a sunken space behind the podium, for the first Goetheanum. In that case, one would have had to drill deep to lay the Foundation Stone. In any case, a quality of the second Goethanum is that the Foudnation Stone from the first Goethanum lays beneath it. This expresses the spiritual connection of the second Goetheanum to the first. The Foundation Stone is unchanged, there was not a second laying of the Foundation Stone, it was not dug up, and there were no further documents added to it; also it was Steiner’s view that the Foundation Stone still holds its value for the second Goetheanum, as it did for the first. That is why I named the exposition, “The Goetheanum and it’s Foundation Stone”, and not “The First Goethanum”.
Where would one have to dig today? In the Foundation Stone Hall (Grundsteinsaal): we have a nice map in the exposition upon which the Foundation Stone is marked. The Foundation Stone is located under the first and second row of chairs. It lies exactly in the same position as it was in relation to the first building, only 1.2 meters deeper.
How was it handling with the theme of Foundation Stone, were there barriers? A barrier became a stroke of fate: The exposition of the Vitra-Design-Museums in Rotterdam was delayed for a year, so what was out on loan to them was then available, such as four Johannes-building original plans. Those are the first germs for the design of the Double Room, which Steiner himself drew, which we now fortunately have, in our exposition.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the Foundation Stone in the exposition? I have asked myself: How would the copper which has been in soil for 100 years, look today? What is happening to it? Has it build a layer of Oxide to protect itself? From the point of view of an archivist, a historian, or even more an archaeologist, there is the natural interest to dig it up. One would have to chisel the floor of the Foundation Stone Hall and dig out the stone which is in a concrete block, embedded in soil.
On the other hand, it is exciting to find out about it in other ways. We have virtually dug it out, as best as one can, with photos and models of the construction plans. So I believe that it is the nature of the Foundation Stone that it stays in it’s place, and one can only bring it to the light in with the imagination. Rudolf Steiner asked after the fire, if the Foundation Stone was unharmed; that was important for him, probably as important as the fact that he did not add anything to the Foundation Stone for the second Goetheanum. The exposition itself serves to better answer questions about the Foundation Stone.
The "Double Room" Exposition Sept. 21–Nov. 17, 2013, Wednesday-Sunday
Adults: 8 Fr./Reduction (Students, AHV, IV): 5 Fr.
"Humility – Devotion – Will to Sacrifice" Exposition
Sept. 20, 2013– Jan. 31, 2014
Executive Council Floor (Hermann Linde) and North Gallery (Andrej Belyj)
Art Focus, Thematic Contemplations, Saturdays, 15:30–17:00
Sept. 21, 2013: Over the Tradition of Foundation Stone Laying since Antiquity (Roland Halfen)
Oct. 05, 2013: The Words and Rituals of the Laying of the Foundation Stone (Virginia Sease)
Oct. 12, 2013: Different Metamorphosis Qualities of Architectural Sculpturing of the Big and Small Copula Rooms (Alfred Frischknecht)
Oct. 19, 2013: Like Day and Night – The Paintings of the Cultural Epochs in the Big and Small Copulas (including observation of Art in the exposition) (Esther Gerster)
Oct. 26, 2013 On Geometry of the Ground plan of the first Goetheanum (Oliver Conradt)
Nov. 02, 2013: The Cosmic Aspects of the small Copula (Otfried Doerfler)
Nov. 09, 2013: Geometric Spheres and Transformations of the Dodecahedrons (Renatus Ziegler)
Nov. 16, 2013: Biographic Sketches of the Circle of People at the Laying of the Foundation Stone (Andrea Hitsch)
Art Focus (incl. the exposition): 24 Fr./ reduced: 16 Fr.
Easter at the Goetheanum (in German)
Tickets for sale at the reception desk.
Tickets for the Concerts at the Goetheanum Reception
March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Daily from 8 -22:00
Øya. 77 pictures from Hannes Weigert in the West staircase. Vernissage on March 25th, 2017 at 16:30 with a talk by Bodo von Plato and Eurythmy by Saskia Barnes.
April 2, 2017 – September 20, 2017
Daily from 8 -22:00
"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)
Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the main auditorium:
2.–6.4., 27.4., 19.–24.7: Closed
17.2.: Open from 1:30-2:15 pm