Historic keyboard instruments in the collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Funded through the KUR – Programme for the Conservation of Moveable Cultural Assets

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar has begun extensive conservation work on historic keyboard instruments dating between 1790 and 1850 – four fortepianos and a table piano - which paradigmatically demonstrate how the art of piano-making developed through the years until the pianoforte made its debut. It is particularly fascinating that these instruments have never left the historic premises of their original owners, some of whom were renowned figures of Weimar’s cultural history, including Maria Pavlovna and Franz Liszt.
The task of this KUR project was to safeguard the instruments from further decay and preserve them for the future. The preservation and conservation measures made it possible to perform on several of the instruments again, either for presentation purposes at the museum or occasional concert performances. Furthermore, the project developed guidelines for using restored historic instruments with regard to their availability in the museum activities and their use for historic performance praxis.

Project administrator:
Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Cooperative partners:
Institute of Musicology, Weimar - Jena
Greifenberger Institut für Musikinstrumentenkunde GmbH
Händel-Haus Halle Foundation

Museum Global?

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MMK Frankfurt wish to address the effects of globalisation and digitalisation in a project that explores the complex subject of “globalism” and the challenges it brings. With their project “museum global?” they scrutinise modernity and the canon upon which it is based.

Learn more about the project (external link, opens in a new window)

For more information please visit the website of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Klassik Stiftung Weimar (external link, opens in a new window)


Dr. Gert-Dieter Ulferts

Leiter der Abteilung Kunstsammlungen

Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Burgplatz 4

99423 Weimar

Tel.: +49 (0)3643 545924310


www.klassik-stiftung.de (external link, opens in a new window)