Claus Bergen, Barud el Amasat griff in die Luft und stürzte hinab, 1907, Privatsammlung Schweiz © Karl-May-Verlag Bamberg

Henri Fantin-Latour, Das Rheingold, 1888, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Foto: Elke Walford

Max Klinger, Meer, 1889, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig

CREATORS OF WORLDS – Richard Wagner. Max Klinger, Karl May

They were all born in Saxony: Richard Wagner 1813 in Leipzig, Max Klinger 1857 in Leipzig and Karl May 1842 in Ernsthal/Ore Mountains. Structured in three chapters, ‘Creators of Worlds’ contextualises their worlds of fantasy within an artistic framework: works of landscape and historical painting with its romantic allusions, including numerous loans from internationally significant collections, visually elucidate the emotional charge attributed to nature and history in the 19th century. The artist Falk Haberkorn, the musician and composer David Timm and the author Clemens Meyer provide individual, contemporary access channels in the Archive and Biography Rooms. Three elaborately staged, interactive multimedia rooms by the artist rosalie represent the highlight of the exhibition, drawing on the vision of a holistic artwork in a contemporary form, intended to provide visitors with a tangible experience.


The exhibition is made possible by the support provided by the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung in association with Sparkasse Leipzig, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and other partners.