Past Exhibitions

Fanny´s Music Room

11/16/2004 – 12/03/2004

An exhibition in the Hall of Representatives in context of the 2004 Days of Jewish Culture. Fanny Hensel, a granddaughter of Moses Mendelssohn, was for a long time the little-known sister of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Only in the last decade have her compositions emerged from the shadows of her brother’s. During her lifetime, her works were presented only at matinees given in the garden hall at her parents’ palace at Leipziger Straße 3. After Fanny’s early death in 1847, her music room, which was next to the hall where she had given her concerts, was recorded in a watercolour. In the tradition of such Biedermeier room pictures, it is meant as an indirect portrait of the person who died. In the image there are hints to the constraints of gender, of the artist’s wish to travel to Italy, and also of her religious orientation. The exhibition in the representatives’ hall at the Centrum Judaicum presents, along with the watercolour, original furnishings. From the perspective of this reconstructed music room visitors can see into the Mendelssohn family and the life of one of the most important female composers of the 19th century.

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