Else Lasker-Schüler’s suspension of the boundaries between life and art, and between artistic mediums and genres, is seen in the poet’s attempts to resist the gender fixations and academic prescriptions of an outdated patriarchal system. As such they mirror her self-reflexive contemplation of the vocation of the poet and of an entire generation of avant-garde artists.
The collection of prose fragments and poems is a reflection of Else Lasker-Schüler's search for a revolutionary female poetic voice within a patriarchal society.
The letter to the young Paul Goldschneider is part of a wider epistolary exchange between them, and evidence of the ways Else Lasker-Schüler intertwined text and object, biography and fantasy.
The manuscript shows a version of the poem »In my Lap«/»In my Womb« (»My Love Song«) from the volume »My Blue Piano« (1943). The letter is addressed the educational and cultural philosopher Ernst Akiba Simon (1899–1988) who emigrated from Berlin to Jerusalem in 1928 and became the inspiration for the poet's love poems after 1935.
Despite its small size, Else Lasker-Schüler’s 1937 notebook from her exile period in Zurich is a testimony of the poet's life in Swiss exile from 1933 to 1939.
The notebook of Albert Ehrenstein contains several drawings by Else Lasker-Schüler, created in 1916, during an encounter in Leipzig.
This postcard is part of the poet's artistic exchange with the painter Franz Marc between 1912 and 1916.
»Vive la guerre!« This postcard is part of the poet's artistic exchange with the painter Franz Marc, written just before the sixth sequence of »Letters and Images« which appeared in the journal »Die Aktion«.
Else Lasker-Schüler’s poem »Escape from the World« (1902) was set to music in 1910 by her second husband Herwarth Walden, chief editor of the art and literary periodical »Der Sturm«. The piece demonstrates the musicality of Lasker-Schüler’s poetry and is exemplary of contemporary Expressionist composition techniques.
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