Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Rococo Hall, Duchess Anna Amalia Library © Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is one of the most prominent cultural foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany. It maintains over 25 museums, castles and historic buildings, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, the Goethe and Schiller Archive and numerous parks and gardens in and around Weimar. The foundation represents one of Europe’s important cultural and academic centres. The “Classical Weimar” ensemble is officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The primary tasks of the Klassik Stiftung include preserving the existing cultural treasures, expanding the collections, classifying, researching and presenting these works and their topicality to the public.

The middle room in the Goethe and Schiller Archive © Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The literary, scientific and artistic collections in the archive, library and museums mainly comprise works dating from the 18th to the 20th century with an emphasis on Weimar Classicism, the second half of the 19th century, and modernity from Nietzsche to the Bauhaus which addressed the classical and cultural legacy of Weimar Classicism from a critical-productive standpoint. This diverse cultural heritage defines the main focuses of scholarly practice at the foundation. This includes producing collection registers, catalogues, bibliographies (personal bibliographies, International Bibliography of German Classicism) and historical-critical editions (Goethe’s diaries and letters, Schiller National Edition, Herder Letters, Heine Secular Edition, von Arnim’s works and correspondence), and conducting interdisciplinary cultural-historic projects in increasing cooperation with universities and other research institutes.

The multifaceted academic and aesthetic profile of the Klassik Stiftung is supplemented further by conferences, exhibitions, lectures, seminars and other scientific and cultural events, all of which form a fascinating combination of research and education.