Exploring the reinvention of Germanic and Nordic folk traditions, Myths, Legends, and Cultural Renewal: Wagner’s Sources is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through August 16, 2010.
About the exhibition -
Reinvented and passed on by each generation, myths, legends, and fables have continued to fascinate artists into the modern era. Many of the operatic works of Richard Wagner are deeply rooted in the German and Nordic traditions of folk tales and legends, Goethe drew upon German folklore for his description of the Walpurgisnacht, and the Brothers Grimm drew upon folk traditions in their retelling of popular fairy tales. This exhibition, organized by Timothy O. Benson, curator of LACMA’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, explores Germanic myths and legends in various embodiments in the modern era.