NEW ULM - An important new exhibit at the Wanda Gag House will feature 10 images on canvas from a 110-foot long and nearly 7 foot high panorama attributed to Anton Gag, Chris Heller, and Alexander Schwendinger. The original panorama was painted on one long woven piece of cotton muslin in the late 1800s.
It was designed to tell the story of the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862 through scenes of the major events of that conflict. The conflict in Minnesota lasted from August 18 through December 26 and the panels follow those dates. Three of the panels show scenes from New Ulm: the Attack on New Ulm, the Evacuation of New Ulm and the Return to New Ulm.
The panorama disappeared until 1955 when it was discovered in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The painting deteriorated during its storage in a barn and remains pretty much as it was when found. It is now stored in the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul. Fortunately, before it was put away, high resolution digital scans were made of it and became available to the Gag House for this exhibit.
The Evacuation of New Ulm is one of the panels from a panorama of the U.S.-Dakota War painted by local artists in the late 1800s. Images from the panorama will be on display at the Gag House, starting July 13.
The Opening Reception for the Panorama Exhibit will be held on July 13, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Wanda Gag House located at 226 North Washington Street, New Ulm.