Der Musiker John Lennon sitzt auf einer Mauer
Bob Gruen, John Lennon on the roof of his East 52nd Street penthouse, New York 1974 © Estate of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

John Lennon - Imagine

As a composer, artist, poet, musician and peace activist, it is difficult to separate John Lennon from his myth today. First with the Beatles, later as a soloist, John Lennon changed the world of pop culture permanently, combining music with love, art and politics in an incomparable way.
When Lennon was shot dead by a mentally deranged assassin in New York late in the evening of December 8, 1980, it triggered a wave of horror internationally. Posthumously, his song "Imagine" reached the top of all single charts and can be considered today as his political and musical legacy.
Together with Yoko Ono, he previously dedicated himself to spreading his message worldwide in a wide variety of art actions and performances. Against war and oppression, he wrote songs such as 'Give Peace a Chance' or 'All You Need is Love'.

The existing John Lennon collection is able to make the artist visible through all stages of his life and artistic work. The most important moments and events from the very beginning with the Beatles, from the innovative solo performances to his life with Yoko Ono are recorded and documented in this collection.

Up to 300 objects, photographs, manuscripts, drawings, lithographs and films lead us closer to the artist and human John Lennon and make his multi-layered talent and topicality visible.

In addition, the accompanying educational program Face Art - Face Future is available for teenagers and young adults aged 14 to 18.