Musée d'Orsay: Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler


"Only when I experience something do I compose, and only when composing do I experience anything.".
Gustav Mahler

Renowned in his time as an opera director, and as a prodigiously talented conductor in particular, today Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) is famous as a composer. On the centenary of his death, this exhibition pays tribute to a great musician who worked at the time when Romanticism was moving towards Modernism.

With the invaluable help of the archives department of the Musikverein in Vienna and the Mahler media library in Paris, we take a new look at Mahler as conductor and opera director. With a parallel study of his relationship with literature and nature, key sources for his work, the exhibition aims to put forward a more complete view of Mahler's life and his creative process.


Guy Cogeval, director of the public establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie
Pierre Korzilius, director of the French Institute, Düsseldorf

8 March - 29 May 2011
Musée d'Orsay

room 67

Admission with the museum ticket

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