Wagnerism in Italian art around 1900 and in contemporary German art, including Mariano Fortuny, Anselm Kiefer and Markus Lüpertz.
This exhibition is part of a series at three venues in Venice, Leipzig and Bayreuth (planned). The concept behind this exhibition was inspired by contacts between the Leipzig Richard Wagner Society and its counterpart in Venice (Associazione Richard Wagner di Venezia). The idea was born of creating a three-part exhibition cycle taking the influence of Richard Wagner on Italian art as its main theme.
The exhibition at the Klinger Forum focuses on the question of Wagner’s influence on Italian and German art, in the context of Leipzig as his birthplace and the link to Venice as the last place where he lived and worked and the first venue for the exhibition cycle. The ongoing preoccupation of German artists with their cultural, historical and political heritage after over fifty years is reflected in the Klinger Forum exhibition through the example of the way Wagner’s art is perceived in German visual arts.