Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
With holdings in total of approximately 230,000 works, the Graphic Art Collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are among the most important of their kind in Germany. They provide a comprehensive view of graphic art production in Europe from the 15th to the 21st century.
The Graphic Art Collections are comprised of three large holdings. The former Grand Ducal Collection of Prints and Drawings (Kupferstichkabinett) represents the core of the collection, containing examples of every drawing method and printing technique. It includes some 35,000 hand-drawn illustrations and works by the great masters, e.g. Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Munch and Rodin. The collection also includes 140,000 prints, e.g. important works by the Italian chiaroscuro artists, a practically complete body of graphic art by Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Rembrandt, as well as pieces by the Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger, several prominent East German artists, and contemporary artists like Andy Warhol. Valuable incunabula further enhance the art-historical significance of the collection.
The second important holding in the Graphic Art Collections is Goethe’s private art collection. By the end of his life, Goethe had amassed one of the largest private art collections in the German-speaking lands at that time – more than 9,000 prints and over 2,000 drawings. The collection includes works by Altdorfer, Parmigianino, Guercino, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Bloemaert, Tiepolo, Lorrain and Watteau. Goethe had also actively collected pieces by his German contemporaries, such as Hackert, Tischbein, Caspar David Friedrich and Runge. Goethe himself enjoys a special status in the Graphic Arts Collection with some 2,100 of his own drawings.
The third major holding of the Graphic Art Collections consists of over 40,000 works of graphic art belonging to the Goethe National Museum, founded in 1885. These primarily focus on the Goethe era and all aspects related to this period of Weimar’s cultural history until the present day. The collections include the estates of such renowned artists as Johann Heinrich Meyer, Louise Seidler and Bartold Asendorpf, special collections on Franz Liszt, Friedrich Nietzsche and artistic illustrations of literary works.
If you wish to view the holdings of the collection, we ask you to register in advance at the user services department of the Goethe National Museum or the special reading room at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek from Tuesday to Friday.
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Graphic Art Collections Department
Tel: +49 3643 545 344
Fax: +49 3643 545 356
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