What makes a biographical house museum resonate for a contemporary visitor, especially when it celebrates the lives and works of a famous composer? This talk looks at the diverse approaches taken at Troldhaugen, Bergen, home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg from 1885 to 1907 and Mozart Haus, Vienna, home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1781 to 1791, to capture the spirit of the place once filled with music.
SUZANNE BRAVERY curated and managed house museums at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Sydney Living Museums), including Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill estate and Meroogal. She managed the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne, and was a Head Curator at the National Museum of Australia.
Suzanne’s research interests include historic interiors, social history and conservation housekeeping. This talk was inspired by visits to houses of composers, including these, and to explore what makes their narratives resonate with a contemporary visitor.
This lecture is presented on-site at The Johnston Collection. Please see your ticket for details.
This lecture is provided with the support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection
Image suppled: Troldhaugen; Mozart haus, Vienna interior