The Goethe-Zentrum is inspired by one man – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832). He was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath (“renaissance man”). He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. His works span the fields of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, and science. Goethe’s influence spread across Europe and his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry, and philosophy.
The Goethe-Zentrum in Atlanta is a member of the Goethe-Institut, a not for profit cultural institution operating worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations.
In addition to Atlanta, the following cities in the U.S. host Goethe-Instituts: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.