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retti Palace / Palace of arts

zeitenwende/Turn of Eras

28 June - 28 September
Thu + Fri 4pm-6pm
Sat + Sun 1pm-5pm
Admission: € 2 (reduced € 1)
Guided tours:  Sun, 3pm or by request,
by presenting the ticket one will receive a deduction of € 1 at the Margrave Museum


On June 28, 2014, the Retti Palace opens its long closed doors to the public on the occasion of a site-specific art exhibition. The art initiates a dialogue with the empty spaces and the traces of historical life left in the Rococo building. The focus lies on the picturesque interventions by the Frankfurt artist Fides Becker. Her work will be complemented by acoustic interference by the sound artists Cornelius Pöpel and Florian Beck. Another highlight will be the unusual performance of the Theater Ansbach. In addition, events in the Salon, such as readings, lectures, and concerts related around the history of the house are offered.

Fides Becker: Transformations

The leading theme of the artist’s interventions is the staging of temporality, transience, and change. The ornamental interwoven and complex paintings refer formally to the late Baroque origin of the building, addressing both the eventful history of the house itself, as well as aspects of the history of Ansbach. The paintings are partially applied directly to the wall, while others are specifically prepared on canvas for the identified spaces.

The project permeates the building and raises questions of its future use by revealing the historical change, which is manifested in the intimate interior of the house, as well as in the cityscape of Ansbach. It offers a sensory experience of the city palace, with its historical rooms and the paintings interacting positively with each other.

Fides Becker (*1962 in Worms) studied at the Städel School in Frankfurt a.M., at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Her works can be found in numerous national and international collections, such as the National Collection of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Art Collection of the German Bank, or the Stichting Beeldende Art Amsterdam. Fides Becker lives in Frankfurt and Berlin. (



Pöpel, Beck & kirschner: Soundlab leopold

Sound artists Cornelius Pöpel, Florian Beck and Michael Kirschner, both from Ansbach, created an acoustical experience by small interventions in various rooms of the building. Planned are walk-in and interactive sound installations that work with sounds reflecting rococo music from today's perspective. Furthermore, sounding tools from the building trade will be used. Additionally "sounding objects" will complete a third room along with visual objects.

Cornelius Pöpel (*1967 in Stuttgart) studied viola and audio design at the music schools of Dusseldorf, Hanover and Basel. He earned his doctorate at the University of Birmingham in music technology. His international concerts and lectures led him throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. He performs as a violist, sound artist, improviser and composer. Since 2008 he is professor for audio production / audio design in the media context at the University of Ansbach.


Florian Beck (*1992 in Bad Windsheim) and Michael Kirschner (*1979 in Hiltpolststein) study both in Ansbach multimedia and communication with an emphasis on audio and computer science. Beck has accomplished numerous projects in the areas of film sound, live audio, and software development, including projects as sound engineer and sound designer at the Zurich opera house. Kirschner worked for years in the development and realization of international sound and light installations.




Sat 28.6., 24pm

Retti‘s Revenge: Ansbach Theater (in German)
(Entrance: between €1,-- and €6)

Sat 5.7., 4pm

Flautissimo. Concert for flute and keybord instrument with works by Joh. Seb. Bach, Giuseppe Sammertini u. Michael Schütz
and short readings Anke Rosbigalle und Carl Friedrich Meyer
in cooperation with AN.Klang – Evang.Kirchenmusik Ansbach
(Free entrance for exhibition visitors)

Sun 6.7., 5pm

Leopoldo Retti – Life and oeuvre of the Ansbach Court Architect

Lecture: Alexander Biernoth (in German)
(Free entrance for exhibition visitors)
In cooperation with Frankenbund

Sat 12.7., 24pm

Retti‘s Revenge: Ansbach Theater (in German)
(Entrance: between €1,-- and €6)

Sun 13.7., 5pm

Without music nothing could exist.
Concert for vocals, flute and guitar by W.A. Mozart, J.-B. Loeillet de Gant, Kaspar Fürstenau and others (Free entrance)
In cooperation with Ansbacher Kammerspiele

Sat 19.7., 10am and 2pm

Green Day: Cultivation of a herb garden and Tree- Tour by Susanne Wolf and paint activity for kids by Sissi Jander

Sat 19.7., 3pm

One called me Retti Palais
Reading: Gerd Scherm, accompanied by Friederike Gollwitzer, hurdy-gurdy (in German) – (Entrance fee: € 5),
Organised by Kunsthaus Reitbahn3

Sat. 19.7., 8pm-24pm

Green Night: free access for blinky-bearers

Sat 26.7., 24pm
Sat 02.8., 24pm
Sat 30.8., 24pm

Retti‘s Revenge: Ansbach Theater (in German)
(Entrance: between €1,-- and €6)

Sat 13.9., 3pm

One called me Retti Palais
Reading: Gerd Scherm, accompanied by Friederike Gollwitzer, hurdy-gurdy (in German) – (Entrance fee: € 5),
Organised by Kunsthaus Reitbahn3

Sat 13.9., 24pm

Retti‘s Revenge: Ansbach Theater (in German)
(Entrance: between €1,-- and €6)

Sun 14.9., 3pm and 5pm

Retti‘s next tenants. On the socio-topographics of a monument.
Short-lecture: Dr. Wolfgang F. Reddig (in German)
Organised by Stadtarchiv Ansbach and Markgrafenmuseum for the Day of the Public Monuments
(Free entrance for exhibition visitors)

Sat 27.9., 3pm

One called me Retti Palais
Reading: Gerd Scherm, accompanied by Friederike Gollwitzer, hurdy-gurdy (in German) – (Entrance fee: € 5),
Organised by Kunsthaus Reitbahn3

Sat 27.9., 4pm

Artist talk with Fides Becker
(Free entrance for exhibition visitors)

Sat 27.9., 24pm

Retti‘s Revenge: Ansbach Theater (in German)
(Entrance: between €1,-- and €6)

Sun 28.9., 3pm

Back to the Future: Visions for the Retti Palace
Lecture: Dr. Christian Schoen (in German)
(Free entrance for exhibition visitors)

Sun 28.9., 9pm

At last: Guided tour with torch lights
(admission fee of € 1 - € 6 is determined by the roll of a dice)

Guided tours: every Sunday, 3pm (€ 3 p.p.)
or by request (in German or English)
Tel: +49 (0) 981/ 51-243,


theater ansbach

retti‘s revenge. an anbach night watch

For centuries the ghost of an old janitor strolls at night through the venerable Retti Palace. Since Leopold Retti left Ansbach in 1749, the janitor's ghost takes care of the palace as he had given his master a promise that it won’t dilapidate. Getting on in years, he finally wants to die, but does not want to break his promise, and will only disappear when the palace has been restored to its former glory. However, that is currently in the distant future. In the meantime, the lone caretaker continues to make his rounds through the dilapidated palace during the witching hours. He has seen many residents come and go and can tell us of strange incidents, his love for this house, and all sorts of scary stories. When will he finally be redeemed from this burden?
Please note: This tour is not for the faint hearted and people with ghost phobia or pacemakers.


28.6., 12.7., 26.7., 2.8., 30.8., 13.9., 27.9.  – 24pm

20 visitors maximium per event (reservation:, T: +49 (0) 981/ 51-243)
In order to enter, the admission fee of € 1 - € 6 is determined by the roll of a dice.


Explore the Retti Palace in a virtual tour.





leopoldo Retti  |  the Palace  |  the inhabitans

The Retti Palace is an historical pearl of architecture in Ansbach, which has been in a slumber for some time. It is a late baroque secular building, which the Lombard architect Leopoldo Retti (1704-1751) established as his own private city palace. In 1743, the builder received the ground located on Jägergasse (now Bischof-Meiser-Straße) as a gift from Margrave Carl Wilhelm Friedrich. In the following year, about 270 years ago, the construction began. However,  Retti never lived in this house which he had designed for himself, as he had already left Ansbach in 1749 for Stuttgart. The house with its changing and illustrious residents has a rich history that is to be rudimentary documented below.

Ten years ago the City of Ansbach bought the house from the private sector, so it could be put to a new use. Most recently, the building has been utilized as a residence with an attached medical office. Two rooms with stucco ornaments and paintings above the doors from the late 18th century change with architectural elements from the 1950s to the 1980s in other rooms.The now vacant building is located in close proximity to the residence in the midst of the old nobility and legation quarter and adjacent to the courtyard garden.

leopoldo retti

The Italian architect Leopoldo Matteo Retti was born in 1704 in the village Laino in Lombardy. He came from a family of artists, which included his three older brothers Paolo, Riccardo and Livio. Their uncle and guardian Donato Giuseppe Frisoni, also plasterer and master-builder, was entrusted by Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg in 1714 with the construction of the Ludwigsburg Palace. He brought his nephew three years later to Ludwigsburg. There he received his architectural training. The Duke also sent him to Paris to study French Rococo from 1724 to 1726. Upon his return, Retti at the young age of only 24 was appointed as the Ducal-Württemberg Building Director and Engineer Lieutenant. He took over the leading position in the development of the new City of Ludwigsburg.

Retti’s abilities and reputation spread to the ducal family in Ansbach (then Onolzbach) - the mother of Karl Wilhelm Friedrich (later known as the "Wild Margrave") came from the house of Wuerttemberg. In 1731 Retti moved to Ansbach and was awarded the rank of Engineer Captain in the Frankonian Residence, where he was to remain for 20 years. A year later, he became the successor to Carl Friedrich von Zocha as master-builder at the Frankonian court.


Gradually he brought more related artists to Ansbach, such as the plasterers Diego and Carlo Carlone, the marble-imitation maker Ciacomo Antonio Corbellini, and the sculptor Antonio Sylva. In 1733 Retti married his wife Anna Clara Darny, with whom he lived for the next ten years at the castle gate.

In those days he constructed a series of buildings that shaped the face of Ansbach until today: the Herrieden Gate, the modification of the Ansbach Castle in French style, St. Gumbertus as court church, the construction of the synagogue, as well as the design of entire streets, especially along Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz, in the so-called new display around the Karlsplatz Square and the Courtyard Garden. He also designed many buildings located outside of the City, such as the Dennenlohe Castle, the suburb of Roth, as well as many churches, presbyteries and schools.


When his other urban plans could no longer be implemented because of lack of funding, as a consequence of the Austrian Succession War, the architect in 1746 first went temporarily, and three years later moved permanently to Stuttgart. There he devoted himself as lieutenant colonel and chief architect to the Duke of Württemberg until his death in 1751. While there, he mainly conducted the construction of the New Castle.

The Palace

In 1743 Margrave Karl Wilhelm Friedrich bestowed to his court architect a building site, located on Jägergasse, now Bishof-Meiser-Str., for his own personal use. The completed construction should serve as an 'adornment' to the street, as the Margrave had explicitly stated.
The land was adjacent to the house of a high official (No. 7) and the margrave hunting secretariat (now the Building Department). On the property there was the court carpenter’s workshop, of which the rear building (adjacent to the Hofgarten) was dismantled in 1825. In 1861, a new staircase was built in timber frame construction on the south facade. An older rear part of the building to the southeast of the main building, belonging to the former carpenter’s workshop, was demolished in 2005.


Structurally it is a two-storey hipped end roof-building with three-axle central projection and dormer. It has rusticated pilasters, a plaster structure and stucco ornaments on some walls and ceilings. The staircase and a large hall on the piano nobile are preserved in almost original condition. The main floor space of the building is 587.80 square meters, added 154,80 square meters of floor space and 225,20 sqm traffic areas such as stairs and hallways. Another 61,50 sqm account for additional rooms below 1.5 m height. The house consists of a basement, the ground floor, the first floor, as well as the 1st and 2nd attic.




The inhabitants

Retti never moved in his palace, which was completed in 1749, but sold the property to the Town of Ansbach as a Bailiwick Office and thus fit for the senior bailiff and private minister Christoph Ludwig Graf von Seckendorf-Aberdar.
1757 move-in of the new senior bailiff (and Margrave son) Friedrich Carl von Falckenhausen, who in 1760 acquired the estate from the City. From his marriages to Caroline von Beust, and after her death in 1767, to Florentine von Beust sprang eleven children who grew up in this house. After his death the palace was due to distribution of the estate: While on the upper floor the widow enjoyed lifelong right of residence, the lower part was rented out. Contrary to the provisions of 1749, that the house should remain owned by the City and used as upper bailiwick, it was signed-over to Friedrich Carl von Falckenhausen in 1760.

The chief forester Albrecht Freiherr von Schirnding, who had married into the family of Falckenhausen, acquired the house in 1825.


In 1852 the palace was sold to the Gendarmerie Captain Baron von Waldenfels. The ground floor was rented out to aristocratic members of the garrison, such as the Lieutenant Baron von Eyb in 1886 and in 1891 to the Count Seinsheim.


After the death of Baron von Waldenfels the community of heirs sold the property to the straw mosaic seller Wilhelm Wagenhöfer. The address book of 1894 listed him as an employee of the company Friedrich Ebert (straw mosaic and cardboard manufacturer), 1921 as chief cashier of the Ansbach Equipment Institution. Until about 1909 also garrison members were still living in the palace, such as the second lieutenant Baron Julius Ludwig Gustav von Eyb, the captain and squadron’s chief Theodor Konitzky and the lieutenant and regiment’s adjutant Baron Philipp von Seefried auf Buttenheim, later commander of the 8th Cavalry Association of the Bavarian Army. In 1935 the later Wehrmacht commander of Kulmbach, Lieutenant Kurt Myrus was listed on the first floor. During this time, the house and outbuildings were inhabited by a total of twelve parties.

The address book from 1910 includes on the ground floor of the main house the practice of Dr. Adam Alexander Krampf, while the first floor was shared by the County Magistrate Henry Kadner, his wife and his widowed sister (?) Rosa, as well as the customs senior servant's widow Sophie Schmitt. Lina Wagenhöfer, who by then was also widowed, lived in the back of the house next to the teacher's daughter Auguste Graf. The top floor was occupied at this time and also later on by several individuals.

After the death of the Wagenhöfer's widow, the estate was passed to his daughter Mary, who had married the general practitioner Dr. Adam Krampf. He had served in the First World War as a staff physician, and practiced at the palace. After his death in 1951 his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Krampf, took over the medical practice until 1999.


The street name was changed in the mid-19th century to "Theresienstraße" (after Queen Therese of Bavaria). During the Third Reich it was changed again to "Julius Streicher-Str." (After the NSDAP Gauleiter of Middle Franconia and publisher of anti-semitic libel "Der Stürmer"). After World War II it was changed back to "Jägergasse". In 1958, the street received its present name. Owned by the Heritage Community Wagenhöfer-Kraft the property remained in their possession up to the year 2004.







guided tours

Office for Culture and Tourism

T: +49 (0) 981/ 51-243


ticket reservation theater

T: +49 (0) 981/ 51-243


T: +49 (0) 981/ 970 40 0



Dr. Christian Schoen



kunst I konzepte
Maximilianstr. 27-29, 91522 Ansbach
T: +49 (0) 981 / 205 96 80



Stefan Schmid and Florian Kratzer




The Retti Palace is located in Ansbach near the Margravial Residence between the Railroad Station and the Courtyard Garden on Bischof-Meiser-Strasse 9, 91522 Ansbach. You may reach the building via Station Street or via Promenade.



Retti Palace / Palace of Arts is a project of the City of Ansbach and is generously supported by:

Stiftung Vereinigter Sparkassen – Stadt und Landkreis Ansbach and Friedrich Hilterhaus