»Beziehungszauber«.
Johannes Brahms – Widmungen, Werke, Weggefährten

First Opening: April 29, 2011     >> Impressions

Wednesday and Saturday 2–6 pm
free entry

To mark the twentieth anniversary of its founding, the Brahms-Institut an der Musikhochschule Lübeck presented the special exhibition “The Magic of Relationships”: The exhibition presented important exhibits from the Lübeck Brahms collection, including valuable music manuscripts, busts, prints, letters, and photographs.

The show with the subtitle “Dedications, Works, Companions” showed the composer Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) in various relationships to friends and colleagues immediately around him. The director of the Brahms-Institut, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger: “The ensemble of exhibits shows visitors a dynamic view of Brahms that take on surprising new outlines when seen in context of his social network”.

The exhibition focuses on compositions dedicated to the composer by his closest friends (Joseph Joachim, Clara Schumann) and honored colleagues (Johann Strauss, Hans Huber, Carl Reinthaler, etc.), works that reflect Brahms: often, the dedicated works refer to preferred genres or popular compositions of Brahms, as for example his Hungarian Dances or Waltzes, op. 39. Key graphic works like Max Klinger’s Brahms-Phantasie were also included in the show.

The “magic of relationships” finally culminated in the subject “Brahms and Women”. The bachelor Brahms collected photographs of women in portrait and visiting card format. The Brahms-Institut also presented various Brahms busts in the late 19th century Wintergarten of Villa Brahms: from the naturalistic portraits of Tilgner and Kirchner, that were made during Brahms’ lifetime, to the idiosyncratic solutions of Arno Breker and Milan Knobloch, created in the late 20th century. The exhibition was linked to the Lübeck research project “Brahms gewidmet”, generously supported by the Possehl-Stiftung. This project was focused on the evaluation of 100 compositions dedicated to Brahms during his lifetime: as an honor or in friendship. The catalogue, 80 pages long, presents 60 outstanding examples in high quality color illustrations, including several works published for the first time. Contributions by the show’s curators Stefan Weymar and Wolfgang Sandberger explore the issues behind the show and the objects on display. 

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