Redesigned Schumann museum opens to mark Clara Schumann's birthday

LEIPZIG, GERMANY (dpa)- The Schumann-Haus Museum in Leipzig has expanded and redesigned its permanent collection to give more prominence to the achievements of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann.
The redesigned exhibits opened on Friday to mark the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth.
The museum, located in an apartment where Clara and her composer husband Robert Schumann lived together, aims to reflect how the musical couple lived and worked.

The newly designed permanent collection makes it a "real couple's museum," said Eva-Maria Stange, the culture minister of the state of Saxony. Among other things, visitors will be able to hear Clara Schumann's compositions at listening stations.
"The virtuosic and successful concert pianist and composer, mother of eight children and partner of Robert Schumann has always received much less attention than her husband," said Stange.
"Discrimination against women is still a topic in cultural policy today," she added.
Born in 1819 as Clara Wieck, Clara Schumann was well known during her lifetime. She made her concert debut in Leipzig's Gewandhaus at the age of 9. She married Robert Schumann in 1840.
The new permanent exhibition was made possible with 460,000 euros of funding.

Saturday, September 14th 2019

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