Beethoven meets Apollo

The 68 Experience

The flight of Apollo 8 has changed our view of the earth. The year 1968 is still a symbol of change today. It is associated with student protests in the USA, England, Germany and especially in May 1968 in France. In the USA the protests of the young Americans were ignited during the Vietnam War. Hundreds of thousands were sent to Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. The civil rights movement in the USA linked 1968 with the murder of Martin Luther King in the spring of the year. Thereupon the Black Power demonstration of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the award ceremony of the Olympics in Mexico in October. And of course we associate 1968 with the Prague Spring and its suppression by Soviet tanks. 1968 was also the year of human rights with the manifesto of Andrei Sakharov. The pill brought the sexual revolution, a great liberation in dealing with each other. Hippies experiment with marijuana, LSD and hypnosis.

In 1968, the moon as a pole of calm became tangible from close range for the first time. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata provides the pictures with emotional depth.