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The activities of the museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar comply with the guidelines of the International Council of Museums ICOM and the German Museums Association.

In order to carry out their core tasks, the museums carefully coordinate their activities with the other directorates, sections and departments of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. They also seek expertise and academic dialogue with other German and international museums and research institutes.

A conservator works on restoring a rug in the textile workshop

Preservation – Conservation – Restoration

A basic prerequisite of our museum work is to safeguard our collection assets using the latest restorative and conservatorial findings and techniques. Thanks to the newly built Central Museum Storage Facility and adjoining “Restoration Centre”, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar has fundamentally improved the conservatorial and organisational conditions of its collections. In future, preventative conservation will take on an even greater significance.

Collection

The extensive collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar serve as the starting point for object-based scientific research and offer inexhaustible potential for re-examination. Against the backdrop of their collection history, the museums not only work to preserve their holdings, but also to expand them. In this regard, the core task of collecting is centrally important for the museums’ development.

Curator hanging a painting in the storage facility
Careful examination of a graphic artwork
Careful examination of a graphic artwork

Research

Scientific research is one of the stated goals in the research and educational concept of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. To this end, the museums have instituted a standard which combines collection-oriented, theory-driven and university-based research methods. The research activities at the museums are primarily focused on the scientific study of the collection items and object groups. This requires the contextualisation of the objects’ history with regard to their origin and historical functions, historical stylistic classification, iconographic and iconological interpretation and study of their reception history.

Presentation and exhibition

Permanent and temporary exhibitions are indispensable for museums as a means to present themselves and their research findings to the public. They provide an opportunity to confirm and continue developing concepts in “laboratory-like” situations. The careful selection, display and presentation of collection items represent the core of exhibition praxis.

Technician installing a display case at Kochberg Castle
Technician installing a display case at Kochberg Castle, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
A tour of the Goethe National Museum
A tour of the Goethe National Museum

Education

The museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar target their educational programmes to a broad, international audience. The museums works closely with the Research and Education departments of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar to develop well-planned and successful educational activities.

Digitalisation

Digitalisation will be playing a central role in the overall strategy of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in the coming years. The goal is to permanently safeguard the holdings of the Foundation. The museum database serves as the central tool for digitalising the collections. The aim is not only to manage all the objects, but also document and present related background information and research findings. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is also committed to ensuring public accessibility to all important data.

Not least of all, digitalisation entails developing and providing new educational services and means of access to the interested public.

Conservatorial analysis of a graphic artwork
Conservatorial analysis of a graphic artwork

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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