Danse Macabre


Images of death dancing and its tradition, which goes back to the Middle Ages, continue to fascinate people until today. With her Totentanz (Dance of Death) of 1926, Mary Wigman, the renowned protagonist of modern expressive dance, followed in the tradition of popular stories of dead people performing their grotesque dances as unredeemed revenants at night in cemeteries.

Wigman’s dance work, which Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner recorded in drawings and paintings, provides the starting point for a cooperative project by four cultural institutions in Osnabruck, which have dedicated themselves to this theme in exhibitions, installations, a symposium, and other formats. The accompanying book documents the project and sheds light on fascinating aspects of this “final topic.”

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Danse Macabre

February 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-0331-9

21 × 28 cm

176 pages

118 colored and 42 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Stadt Osnabrück, Der Oberbürgermeister Fachbereich Kultur, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus

Text by
Friderike Dorner, Julia Draganovic, Hedwig Müller, Julia Ortmeyer, Hermann Queckenstedt, Hubertus Schlenke, Anne Sibylle Schwetter, Maike Steinkamp, Patricia Stöckemann

Design by
Andreas Koch, Bielefeld

Exhibitions: Danse Macabre. Tanz und Tod in der Kunst des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts, 12.2.–25.6.2017, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Osnabrück Im Angesicht des Todes. Begegnung zwischen Schicksal und Hoffnung, 11.2.–25.6.2017, Diözesanmuseum Osnabrück Icaro Zorbar: Back Shuffle, 29.1.–2.4.2017, Kunsthalle Osnabrück