Standing before the Staatsoper in Munich, a rugged rockscape, a relic of a Wagnerian stage, recalling an archaeological find or a fallen meteorite.
What happens when Wagner’s world is removed from the context of an opera house?
Philine Rinnert designed an installation for Munich’s public space as part of the Wagner Festival support program Rund um den Ring. Over the course of four weeks, the cliff scenery crumbled into ever smaller fragments. Each piece, a detail of a gigantic “Gesamtkunstwerk”, had its own story to tell. Unmasked before the façade of the opera house on Max Joseph Platz, theatre’s world of illusion came face to face with the merciless reality of the urban realm.
January 2012: A lecture on the installation’s concept and personal approach to Wagner’s Ring tetralogy, as part of the Rund um den Ring at Akademie Tutzing. Hosted by Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.