Joachim Landgraf
Joachim Landgraf
Director of the Kurt Weill Centre



Feininger Master's House
Kurt-Weill-Centre / Feininger Master's House



Feininger Master's House
Kurt-Weill-Centre / Feininger Master's House




Welcome


The Kurt-Weill-Centre at the Feininger House

The Kurt-Weill-Centre has many functions and serves various needs. First of all, it’s a museum and an information and documentation centre on the life and work of Kurt Weill. It includes an archive, a library and a media centre. Furthermore, the entire organizational work of preparing the Kurt Weill Fest, an international festival taking place on a yearly basis, is carried out at the Kurt-Weill-Centre. It is also a cultural institution of the City of Dessau-Rosslau that is being maintained by the Kurt-Weill-Gesellschaft e.V.

The museum, which is open throughout the week except for Mondays, contains a permanent exhibition, including a video presentation and audio recordings, which inform visitors about the composer’s life and work.  In addition, a special exhibtion is organized by the Kurt-Weill-Centre and the City of Dessau-Rosslau on the occasion of the Kurt Weill Fest every year. This exhibition is committed to showing reference to the work of Kurt Weill or the festival’s current motto. Being a „cultural lighthouse“ in the newly-formed German states, the Kurt-Weill-Centre was mentioned in the Blaubuch, an initiative on behalf of the federal government. In this context, the Kurt-Weill-Centre was classified as a “cultural memorial“ of particular national importance. The book goes on to say that: „The Kurt-Weill-Centre is an exceptional and eligible institution with a strong recognition, that has gained an international reputation.“


Formation

In the early 1990’s, representatives of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in New York visited Dessau, the place of birth of Kurt Weill. Together with the office of cultural activities, it was agreed upon, that a Kurt Weill Fest had to be foanded and annually be organized. Dessau was ought to become  the European centre for the maintenance of Kurt Weill’s work. In regard to this development, the Kurt-Weill-Centre was opened up in 1993 and located in the Schlemmer’s masterhouse, which was not yet renovated by that time. After 2,5 years, the remodelling of the Feininger House was completed and the Kurt-Weill-Centre relocated there on December 3, 1994. Even though, the construction of this house, which took plance in 1925/26 occured simultaneously to Weills first successes as a composer, it is highly unlikely that Kurt Weill had ever visited the Feininger House. By that time, Weill and his family wern’t residents of Dessau anymore and visits to the city are only sporadically traceable.

The architecture by Walter Gropius and Kurt Weill’s music bear witness in equal measure to the art and culture of the modernity which prevailed during the Weimar Republic.

When the Kurt-Weill-Centre reopened at the Feininger House, the Mitteldeutsche-Zeitung wrote: „The painter Lionel Feininger was the first one to have been living in this house. The Kurt-Weill-Centre, foanded by the city of Dessau, is now succeeding this event. For this reason, a long neglected tradition in building was united with a long forgotten tradition in music“.




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