Goethe’s Faust in the Kunsthalle Munich

Goethe’s most famous literary work is perhaps the most important work in German literature. Faust, part one, is one of the most wellknown stories in the 19th century, and has not just influenced literature, but also art and music.

The exhibition in the Kunsthalle shows some of the most renowned paintings and sculptures based on the story of Faust. While Goethe was very much influenced and inspired by his mentors and his career in law, he took his ideas deriving from outside experiences and created Faust, a drama about the life of the same character name.

Stage in the exhibition

Both the story and Goethe’s life are very well summed up in the exhibition, with each gallery showing the most relevant scenes in the drama.

The main characters are essentially three: Faust contemplates committing suicide after dissatisfaction and inability to find the world’s greatest meanings. Mephisto, the devil, convinces Faust to give up his soul should he die losing a bet between the two. Both Faust and Mephisto make a pact, endangering the life of Margarete, the martyr of the story.