The person responsible for the musicological aspects of the exhibition is Professor Werner Wolf, one of Germany's top Wagner experts. A group of specialists in the field are working on the project through to its completion. As for the design of the exhibition itself, it has been possible to acquire the services of Heinz-Jürgen Böhme, an experienced exhibition designer from Leipzig, whose concept for the new building at the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig was held in extremely high regard. The Leipzig Cultural Foundation is also working with a number of establishments with important links to the theme: the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth, the Oesterlein collection at the Reuter Villa in Eisenach, the Leipzig Museum of City History, the Leipzig City Archive, the Music Library at Leipzig Municipal Library, the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, MDR broadcasting; and on certain specific issues, with other universities, archives, institutions and individuals.
One important aspect of the exhibition will be its attractive historical illustrations depicting Leipzig's Biedermeier (late Georgian) heritage, as the city centre was developed to such an extent during the period of the Gründerzeit in the second half of the 19th century that today it is hard to imagine how picturesque it was in the early 1800s, with its walls and moats for protection. The exhibition concludes with an attractive highlight in the final room, where there are film sequences examining the response to Wagner in Leipzig in later times. Archive material from Joachim Hertz's 1973 - 1976 Ring provides a lively snapshot which is very representative of the aesthetics of Wagnerian music. Having taken in the informative and fact-filled exhibition the visitor is now engaged on an emotional level and can contemplate the meaning of Wagner's work in the present day.