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Arcadia Project is
funded from EU by
the Culture 2000
 Partnership - Weimar

German project partner is the Foundation of Weimar Classics.The Foundation is one of the largest and most significant cultural institutions in Germany. With its 25 museums, exhibitions, palaces and historical houses, the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek (a research library with a collection of circa one million volumes), the Goethe and Schiller Archive (the oldest literature archive in Germany) and the parks in and around Weimar, the Foundation of Weimar Classics is one of Europe’s important historical, cultural and scholarly centres. The national and international renown of the Foundation’s building ensembles is strengthened by the addition of eleven sites which belong to the ensemble „Classical Weimar“ to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage (see www.klassik-stiftung.de).

Above all, the Park Tiefurt and the former Wieland estate Ossmannstedt, both situated in the surrounding of Weimar, have been involved in the Arcadia project.

Park Tiefurt near Weimar

The historical Park Tiefurt (21  ha) was established in the second half of the 18th century and further developed in the middle of the 19th century. It also belongs to the Classic Foundation Weimar. Like historical documents show, the creation of the park was essentially influenced by the Arcadian myth. Today, Tiefurt is one of the main tourist attractions near Weimar and protected as UNESCO world heritage.

In August 2006, the Park Tiefurt hosted a two-weeks "Arcadian" culture event that attracted about 5.000 visitors. 

Wieland estate Ossmannstedt near Weimar

The former Wieland estate Ossmannstedt, situated in the Ilm valley and surrounded by a historical park, belongs to the Classic Foundation Weimar. The "classical" German poet Christoph Martin Wieland lived here from 1797 until 1803 with his family and wrote some of his most famous works. Nowadays, the building is used as a Wieland museum and a European Education Centre (see www.wielandgut-ossmannstedt.de).  

In may 2007, 7 young artists from Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, Spain, Turkey, U.S.A. and Israel lived and worked together for a 7 days plein-air in this historical rural environment and presented their specific interpretation of "Arkadia today".

City of Weimar

The Arcadia exhibition is presented also in the centre of Weimar. The city of Weimar (60.000 inhabitants) has become famous because of its rich heritage ranging from the classical period (Goethe, Schiller, Wieland, Herder) up to the Bauhaus (founded in Weimar in 1919), the places of the WeimarRepublic and the former Concentration Camp Buchenwald. In 1999, Weimar has been European Culture Capital (seewww.weimar.de).

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