Gustav Mesmer, Adlerflügelfahrrad mit aufgesetztem Drachendeck, um 1980, Foto: Stefan Hartmaier, © Gustav Mesmer Stiftung

People tried to imitate the flight of insects and birds from ancient times onwards.

In the exhibition (Über den Wolken – Anleitungen zum Aufheben) the dream of flying takes shape in very different ways: angels, birds, paragliders, and stories about the desire to take off and float away, becoming pads for metaphorical ascents, philosophical flights of fancy or small everyday escapes.

Sometimes the dream of flying is almost as beautiful as its fulfilment.