Tuesday, January 08, 2008
A final resting place
The New Year began on a solemn note with the re-interment on Johann Dieter Wassmann's remains in a purpose-built crypt below the main galleries here at MuseumZeitraum Leipzig. The artist's remains had previously rested at Südriedhof, south of the city. The service took place on January 6, 2008 and was attended by a small number of relatives, artists, city officials and museum staff. It was on January 6, 1898 that Johann slipped and fell under a tram, an accident that would claim his life two months later.
Just before Christmas the first shipment of Johann's works arrived in Leipzig as part of our repatriation agreement with the Wassmann Foundation, Washington, D.C., allowing them to be arranged on the walls as a tribute to his life and ongoing legacy.