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Schumann-Haus, Leipzig

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  • Schumann-Haus, Leipzig

    Exhibition design
  • Context
    Between 1840 and 1844 the composers Robert and Clara Schumann lived in Inselstraße, in Leipzig.
    The house has been used as a museum and training facility since 1999. In the anniversary year 2010 the
    historic exhibition rooms were extended to include the former workroom of Robert Schumann.

    Exhibition furniture
    In the newly-furnished workroom the central exhibit is a piece of so-called exhibition furniture. A hybrid
    object between grand piano and writing cabinet, it enables the themes of Schumann's different activities
    as composer and journalist to be addressed. Secret compartments, drawers and buttons, together with
    an audio station, aim to appeal to a younger audience in particular. Schumann's list of works is displayed
    on the wall, analogue to an audio trail.

    Historic floor plan
    The present-day floor plan does not correspond to the historic room. Its original cubature has now been recreated via movable panels, enabling use of the entire space for events. The front of the panels depicts
    real and fictitious figures from Schumann's League of David, in silhouette form. The reverse details these protagonists in the form of short biographies.

    Genealogy
    In the hall area a newly-created wall area explains the genealogy of the family and the places of residence
    of the couple.