A recipient of multiple awards, poet and writer Peter Rühmkorf (1929–2008) lived in Oevelgönne near the River Elbe for many years. In order to mark the ninetieth anniversary of his birthday, the Arno Schmidt Foundation is presenting an exhibition about the poet’s life and works at the Altonaer Museum. Rühmkorf not only published his poems in books, but, together with some of his musician friends, presented them as “Jazz and Poetry” sessions on stage in cellar clubs, churches and public spaces.
He collected children’s playground verses and nursery rhymes, studied and critiqued his colleagues, admired poets from past centuries, worked as a playwright and also reached a wide audience with his book of memories “Die Jahre die Ihr kennt” (The years you know). Rühmkorf also worked as editor of the magazine “konkret” and as a reader for the Rowohlt-Verlag publishing house. Additionally, he was involved in the Easter Peace Marches and the 1968 student movement.