Grassi Liest 2013: The Leipzig Buchmesse in the Grassi Museums

With the last snow of winter melting quicker than chocolate cake of dreams on the fire of reality, it must be time once again for Leipzig Buchmesse.

And once again the three Leipzig Grassi Museums are playing host to a varied array of readings and events as part of the annual Leipzig Liest public reading festival.

As is becoming customary the lions share of the events are being staged by the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum. With ten events in just three days the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum’s programme is as adventurous as it is varied – ranging as it does from the first German translation of “Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 Days”over “Baron Samstag oder das Leben nach dem Tod” a travel novel through Fance and Haiti and onto “Armenien – Land am Ararat: Geschichte, Religion und Tradition”. To name but three works.

In the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts and Grassi Leipzig Musical Instruments Museum the pace is somewhat slower, but the quality just as high.

The Applied Arts Museum welcomes Wolfgang Geisthövel with “Brasilien als und in der Literatur”, a journey of discovery through “literary” Brazil, Christine Kaufmann takes us behind the glamour of the acting profession in “Scheinweltfieber” while in “Vom Locken der Federn” Fiona Bennett looks back on a quarter of a century as one of Germany’s best known milliners. And so 25 years of upheavals in both the fashion world and her home town Berlin.

Somewhat predictably, although equally comforting, is the inclusion in the Musical Instrument Museum’s programme of a Richard Wagner book: “Genie und Wahn. Die Lebensgeschichte des Richard Wagner” by Axel Brüggemann. In addition there are two, what one could refer to as, instrument based events. In “Mythos Gitarre. Geschichte, Interpreten, Sternstunden” Hannes Fricke reads from his documentation of the history of possibly the most readily accessible stringed instrument, while to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the jazz drummer and percussionist Günter Baby Sommer, the museum presents an evening of musical-literary theater “Günter Baby Sommer und das Räumliche der Musik. Ein musikalisch-literarisches Wissenschaftstheater” featuring Friedrich Kettlitz, Oliver Schwerdt and Günter Baby Sommer.

The full programme of all Leipzig Liest event in the three Grassi Museums can be found on our page Leipzig Liest 2013 @ Grassi Museum Leipzig.

grassi liest 2013

Grassi Liest 2013



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