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GOETHE GALLERY IN THE RESIDENZSCHLOSS

GOETHE GALLERY IN THE RESIDENZSCHLOSS
Weimar, Germany
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BACKGROUND

The Residenzschloss, or Residential Palace, of the Dukes of Saxe-Weimar was first constructed in the Middle Ages and was expanded and renovated until 1774, when a fire destroyed it. Following the fire, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, rebuilt it but preserved the earlier baroque façade.

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2008, materials analysis and urgent conservation work were carried out on the stucco and painted surfaces of the walls and ceiling, and the floor was repaired. With support from the Rudolf-August Oetker Stiftung, WMF has completed preliminary analysis and research on the site, and since spring 2011 has been engaged in a major conservation campaign. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Among the poet rooms commissioned by Maria Pawlowna, the Goethe Gallery is the most prominent. The gallery played a pivotal role in the cultural life of nineteenth-century Weimar. Its conservation will allow it to be appreciated once again by residents and visitors.