The Federal Cultural Foundation supports art and culture within the government’s sphere of responsibility. One focal point is the promotion of innovative programmes and projects in an international context. For this, the Stiftung also invests in the development of new processes for maintaining its cultural heritage and in opening up cultural and artistic knowledge potential for discussing social issues. The Federal Cultural Foundation also focuses on cultural exchange and cross-border collaboration. For this purpose, it initiates and supports projects in all fields without setting thematic restrictions.
The Federal Cultural Foundation’s KUR programme for the conservation and restoration of movable cultural assets is supporting the restoration of historical keyboard instruments dating from between 1790 and 1850 which form part of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar’s collection. The instruments concerned comprise four fortepianos and one square piano, from which the development of the piano-maker’s craft and the major steps in the development of the fortepiano can be seen paradigmatically. These instruments were owned by major figures in Weimar’s cultural history such as Maria Pavlovna and Franz Liszt. The restored instruments will be presented to the public for the first time at the state exhibition »Franz Liszt – A European in Thuringia«, which starts on June 24, 2011 and ends on October 31, 2011.
In 2009, the Federal Cultural Foundation gave its support to the »Modell Bauhaus« exhibition, a community project organised by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Dessau Bauhaus Foundation and the Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design in Berlin, which was open to the public from July 22 to October 4, 2009 in the Martin Gropius building in Berlin. The exhibition was subsequently shown from November 8, 2009 to January 18, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York under the title »Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity«.