Who’s That Nibelung at My House?

She's got a ticket to ride.

We were free this July 5th and so we all piled into the RAV and crossed the mountain to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Within those walls we spent most of our time looking at… at what? That spooky lady up atop this post is a costume for the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. It’s a Valkyrie riding a horse. Fans in the body of the Valkyrie’s horse (actually just an outline of horse made of pipes) blow scarlet-lit flags up and backward to suggest forward momemtum. The name of the assemblage is Walkurenritt, which is German-talk for Ride of the Valkyries.

Other nightmarish costumes by the production’s designer, Achim Freyer, hang behind Ms Valkyrie as part of an exhibit of artwork inspired by the stories of Siegfried and the Nibelungen (also by the Bros Grimm). Among the artists whose work appears are David Hockney (with six fairy tale etchings from 1969), Henri Fantin-Latour, Aubrey Beardsley and George Grosz (the German artist whose sketches of Weimar German nightlife inspired the set design for Caberet). An alcove contains a monitor continually playing scenes from Fritz Lang’s 1924 silent epic Die Nebelungen and from a real creeper called Der Golem (1920).

If you have any questions, please feel free to sit alone forever at the Information Table conveniently located just outside the gallery.

What do you want? 'Information.' You won't get it. 'By hook or by crook, we will.'


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