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Sculptural installation "Unser Max" [Our Max], 2023

Nowadays, Max Reger is regarded as an "individual pioneer of modernity" in the time of upheaval between tradition and innovation. The German musician (1873-1916) is known for his productive complex work as composer, organist, pianist and conductor. Born in Brand in the Upper Palatinate and raised in Weiden, he wrote an extensive work of various musical categories in the course of his life, including piano pieces, chamber music, choral works, operas and especially organ music. Even contemporaries had a hard time classifying him. According to Helmuth Wirth, Max Reger was "the last giant in music". Since the 1970s, he has also been considered a precursor for New Music. To this day, Reger is part of the compulsory repertoire at colleges of music. Streets, squares, schools and even an asteroid are named after him. Reger's bust is also present in the Valhalla.

The 150th birthday is thus an occasion to celebrate the composer in the Max Reger city of Weiden. Following the invitation of the city, the German conceptual artist Prof. Ottmar Hörl has developed a new temporary installation of 150 serial Max Reger sculptures, which can be seen in front of the Old Town Hall on August 12, 2023. This provides the composer an enhanced visual presence. He literally becomes "tangible" and visible.

Hörl is internationally known for his sculpture installations. He has visualized the outstanding achievements of numerous personalities with identification-promoting installations and thereby sustainably brought them into the public eye – from Goethe in Frankfurt am Main to Wagner in Bayreuth and Beethoven in Bonn. Hörl's sculptures have long been cult. In front of the Town Hall at the Oberer Markt in Weiden, he now installs 150 serial Reger figures in the monochrome colours of gold and red on six black lacquered grand piano objects – at the eye level with the audience.

Text: Eva Schickler

A few red signed Max Reger sculptures can still be purchased through the city of Weiden. 

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