Women in Bach’s days

special exhibition

To mark Leipzig’s millennium, the Bach Museum is turning its attention to a selection of women who lived here in Bach’s era. The exhibition will show the important part played by women in cultural and economic life in Baroque Leipzig. It will shed light on areas of activity and destinies of famous women such as poet Christiana Mariana von Ziegler, who apart from running a famous salon also wrote the librettos for nine of Bach’s cantatas, and popular actress and theatre director Friederica Carolina Neuber, who enjoyed great success in Leipzig, yet ended up destitute. In addition, the exhibition will address other, less famous women, such as unmarried mothers and their difficult living conditions, as well as wealthy widows who set up generous foundations to support public institutions and the needy. And of course, it couldn’t possibly overlook Anna Magdalena Bach (the wife of Johann Sebastian Bach) and other cantors’ wives. Among the exhibits are a composition by Luise Adelgunde Victorie Gottsched (the wife of the famous philosopher of the Enlightenment), a mocking poem by Christiana Mariana von Ziegler pillorying the dominant role of the “male of the species”, and other documents and graphics which have much to tell us about the lives of women.

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