Richard-Wagner-Museum

Bayreuth/2011 – 2015

After 35 years the largely unchanged permanent exhibition about Richard Wagner and his work in the Haus Wahnfried in Bayreuth has been closed and vacated end of 2010 in order to allow for an extensive renovation of the building as well as for a new conception and refurbishment. An international architectural competition has declared Staab Architekten for the new construction and HG Merz for the museum design as winners in autumn 2010. The structure of the exhibition is aligned with the spatial situation of the ensemble of buildings of Haus Wahnfried, the new building and Siegfriedbau. Life and work of Richard Wagner are the centre of Haus Wahnfried. Much like in a treasure chamber visitors can discover original scores and manuscripts in a walk-in vault. An interactive score involves the visitor and playfully strengthens the understanding of the works of one of the greatest composers. The new building offers a tour of the performance history of the festival that has been taking place in Bayreuth since the death of Wagner. Relics such as costumes, props and stage design models of almost 150 years of festival history are on display. In addition there is highlighted information about the festival actors: festival directors, conductors, producers and visitors. The Siegfriedbau covers the reception of the opus and its ideological monopolisation by the descendants of Richard Wagner and the National Socialists.