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Research Activities

All research activities at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar begin with the cultural heritage preserved and studied in our museums, historical sites, the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek and the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv. Our collection-related research activities are supplemented by interdisciplinary research projects. You can find an overview of these in our research project database.

Provenance research is one our collection-related research focuses. Among the many acquisitions which found their way into the collections of what is now the Klassik Stiftung Weimar during the 20th century, some had been illegally confiscated or seized as a result of Nazi persecution, the Soviet occupation or actions taken by the East German communist regime. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is strongly committed to determining the provenance of disputed items and achieving fair and just solutions.

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar promotes exchange between researchers at university and non-university research institutes by means of partnerships and interdisciplinary associations, e.g. the MWW Research Association, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche and the Research Centre for European Classicism.

Research projects

You can view all current and completed research projects here.

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With its scholarship programme, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar supports external researchers whose research projects require them to work directly with the collections in Weimar.

A special focus lies in the promotion of junior researchers. Through various formats – from a master’s degree programme in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to multiple-day seminars, the Klassik Stiftung aims to introduce these young academics to the multifaceted research opportunities at the foundation.

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.

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