And then there is our exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, which was
JUST EXTENDED TO JANUARY 14, 2024:
“Emmy Rubensohn! Networker and Music Patron –
from Leipzig to New York”
at the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig, Germany
I am excited to share David Dambitsch’s exhibition review at Deutschlandfunk, which aired September 29:
Emmy Rubensohn (Leipzig 1884-1961 New York) was a music promoter, concert manager and letter writer. Born in Leipzig in 1884 as the daughter of the Jewish entrepreneurial Frank family, she attended Gewandhaus concerts from an early age, collected autographs and had many meetings with composers and music interpreters.
At that time, Leipzig was the fourth-largest city in Germany. It hosted international trade fairs and played a leading role in publishing and librarianship. It was also considered the capital of the women’s movement, where Louise-Otto Peters, Auguste Schmidt and Henriette Goldschmidt lived and worked. In 1911, the first German university for women opened there.
Adolf Neumann, The Leaders of the Women’s Movement in Germany, 1883. In: Die Gartenlaube no. 44
This Sunday, October 8, at the GRASSI Museums, two programs celebrate Emmy Rubensohn:
At 4:30pm, a tour will take you through the stages of Emmy Rubensohn’s life, starting in Leipzig, via Kassel, Berlin and Shanghai to New York. It will then focus on empowerment of women in Leipzig.
At 6:00pm, a concert features students at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” University of Music and Theater in Leipzig, who interpret works by Ernst Krenek and Darius Milhaud.
Exhibition curators: Matthias Henke and Rachel Stern.
The exhibition was organized by the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde, the GRASSI Museum für Musikinstrumente, and the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art in New York. The exhibition’s patron is Ken Toko, US Consul General for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.