The visual artist Julia Bornefeld has designed the passage from the front building to the inner courtyard and the staircases in the style of the “Herbstlied”, Op. 43, No. 2 by Robert A. Schumann. This “Passage” is based on Romanticism and the emergence of mirror labyrinths in the 19th century, in which the large-format, coloured autumn leaves, printed on high-gloss stainless steel plates, are reflected several times.
The use of printmaking techniques for the execution of the “Herbstfall” project also alludes to the history of the “Graphisches Viertel” of the city of Leipzig. In the 18th and 19th centuries up to the 40s of the 20th century, printing houses and publishing houses were primarily located east of Leipzig’s city centre in the Graphic Quarter.
Robert A. Schumann was one of the most important German Romantic composers of the 19th century. Schumann’s impressive musical career began in Leipzig. He lived with his wife Clara in Inselstraße 5 (today No. 18).