New exhibition

Experiment of an Artistic Marriage - The Leipzig Period of the Schumanns

The new permanent exhibition at the Schumann House Leipzig - the first museum for a pair of musicians

"Do you love...? ... for beauty? ... for youth? ... for treasures? ... for love?
Discover the Leipzig period of the Schumanns with all your senses - in the first museum for an artist couple! Get on the trail of the "Experiment Künstlerehe".
The works created here, "Das Ehetagebuch" (The Marriage Diary) and the jointly composed song cycle "Liebesfrühling" (Love Spring), will guide you through the museum, show the modernity of the couple and have an impact on our times.

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Carriage entrance and historic staircase

Enter the first shared apartment of the newlyweds via the carriage entrance and study the lives of Clara and Robert up to their marriage. Pupils of the Free Elementary School "Clara Schumann" will welcome you and guide you through the museum.

Schumann Hall

Robert and Clara Schumann - a creative community

"Posterity shall regard us entirely as one heart and soul ..." (Robert Schumann).
Take a seat and experience the atmosphere of the hall where Clara and Robert Schumann received famous personalities and those close to them. Listen to features specially conceived for this room, including portraits of Mariane Bargiel, Clara's mother, Wilhelmine Schroeder-Devrient, one of the pioneering vocal tragedians of the 19th century, and fellow composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Travel cabinet

What fulfills her makes him sick.

"Everyone asks if I am not traveling - I am completely forgotten" (Clara Schumann).
Ride along and embark on the two concert tours to Denmark (1842) and Russia (1844) that started from Leipzig. The impressive trip to Russia is staged with an imaginative animated film by the studio "Buchstabenschubser". A performance scene of Clara Schumann singing Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's "Spring Song" dedicated to her is recreated in the large wardrobe trunk as Peppers Ghost by Ralph Gellwitzki. Clara's original pincushion and travel paraphernalia from the period are also on display.
With the kind support of the Mariann Steegmann Foundation

Training Cabinet

The Wieckian ideal of education and school today

"I thank him all my life for all the so-called cruelties." (Clara Schumann)
Feel Clara Schumann's hand and make tones and entire compositions by her sound on it: Erwin Stache developed an extraordinary sound installation based on the plaster cast of the pianist's original hand.
After initial piano lessons with her mother Mariane Bargiel, her father Friedrich Wieck drew up an educational concept which is still reflected today in the artistic concept of the "Clara Schumann" Free Elementary School located in the Schumann House.

Marriage Experiment Room

"Love and art", "children" and "money".

"After all, the woman stands even higher than the artist." (Robert Schumann)
Step inside and experience a new art form! With Visualized Features by Magdalene Melchers, transform the room into three different thematic focuses using six beamers. Inspired by words of the Schumann couple, the tensions between love and art, joy and burden with the children, wealth of gifts and struggle for money, become visible and audible. Surrounded by an associative imagery, lines appear in a new light that are extensively accessible to the world in letters and entries in the marriage diary - and yet remain mysterious.
Robert Schumann once wrote in this room, among other things, the Spring Symphony op. 38 as well as his Piano Quintet op. 44, which his wife premiered in the Gewandhaus.

Audio cabinet

Clara and Robert after 1840

"Every one of your thoughts comes from my soul, as I owe all my music to you." (Robert Schumann)
Listen to and study Clara and Robert's works composed in Leipzig and read selected literature about the Schumanns.
We thank all our supporters and sponsors:
  • The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
  • Saxon Ministry for Science and Culture
  • City of Leipzig
  • East German Savings Banks Foundation together with Sparkasse Leipzig
  • Regional office for museums
  • European Foundation of the Rahn Dittrich Group for Education and Culture
  • Rahn Education
  • Julius Blüthner Pianoforte Factory
  • BW Bank
Experiment artist marriage
Museum management: Gregor Nowak
Curator: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Borchard
Exhibition design: Homann Güner Blum Atelier für visuelle Kommunikation
Visualized features and features in the Schumann Hall: Magdalene Melchers
Sound installation „Claras Hand“: Erwin Stache
Animated film about the trip to Russia: Studio „Buchstabenschubser“
Performance scene of Clara Schumann as Peppers Ghost: Ralph Gellwitzki
Table piano by Friedrich Wieck, Leipzig
Signed: "Pianoforte Magazin von Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig" ca. 1825
Concert grand piano Wilhelm Wieck brand, Dresden
Signed: "W. Wieck - Dresden" mother-of-pearl inlays next to the signet, ca. 1860, mahogany veneer
Travel dress like 1839
for Clara Wieck
Made by Monika Schröter
diploma thesis costume tailoring 2009 at the academy of arts Dresden
Ernst Rietschel
Robert and Clara Schumann
Relief, plaster, 1846
Original pincushion of Clara Schumann with her initials
Transmission autograph (Two measures from Robert Schumann's op. 68 No. 10 "Fröhlicher Landmann, von der Arbeit zurückkehrend". Autograph album leaf with signature. London, June 1857. Autograph by Clara Schumann).
as well as travel utensils from the time, respectively replicas
monthly program overview