Frye Art Museum

Empire of Masquerade: Crazy for “Mad” King Ludwig


Lecture with Christina Wygant, Senior Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington

Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:30 - 8 pm

Location

Frye Auditorium

Christina Wygant, Senior Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington

Every year thousands tour King Ludwig II's castles, encountering enigmatic stories of the king's life and demise. This lecture explores the current narrative of King Ludwig as framed for tourists and contrasts it with critiques of this history by academics. These narratives have established a contemporary myth of Bavaria, often centered upon Ludwig's role in the arts, offering a fascinating insight into the use of history, art, and fantasy in the creation of cultural identities.

This lecture is presented with the University of Washington’s Department of Germanics and the Simpson Center for the Humanities as part of Connections and Contexts, a series of lectures relating art, history, and culture to the Frye’s exhibitions.

About the Lecturer

Dr. Christina Wygant received her PhD in English and Textual Studies from the University of Washington in 2010. She has been teaching in the Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington since 2004. Dr. Wygant also teaches in UW English Department and Honors Program, and is the Director for the CHID Munich Study Abroad Program.

Image: King Ludwig II's coronation portrait by Ferdinand von Piloty, 1865.

Tickets

Free tickets may be picked up at the Information Desk one hour prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call (206) 432-8289 or email rsvp@fryemuseum.org at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and must claim their tickets at the Information Desk fifteen minutes prior to the start of the program.