Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation
Schloss Neuhardenberg, located some 65 kilometres east of Berlin, was reopened in 2002 following a four-year phase of refurbishment by the Deutsche Sparkassen- and Giroverband to serve as a centre for art and culture, science and business ethics as well as a hotel.
From March to October of every year, an ambitious culture programme provides opportunities for encounters with well-known artists from Germany and abroad. Owing to its geographical location, the Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation looks eastward for orientation in the shaping of its programme. From the beginning, cooperation with the Republic of Poland as well as the Russian Federation has been an important aspect of its work. The staging of Leo Tolstoy’s The Light Shines in the Darkness under the direction of Volker Schlöndorff can be considered one of the largest German-Russian co-productions to date. It was presented in 2009, first in Neuhardenberg and then at the Tolstoy estate in Yasnaya Polyana.
Among the important cultural-historical exhibitions realized to date at Schloss Neuhardenberg are “Genosse Gott – Stalin” (2003 / in cooperation with the David King Collection, London), “Das ‘Dritte Reich’ und die Musik” (2006 / in cooperation with the Cité de la Musique, Paris) and “‘Was für ein Kerl!’ Heinrich von Kleist im ‘Dritten Reich’” (2008 / in cooperation with the Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt / Oder).
The Schloss Neuhardenberg complex with the park and church is one of the few extant Prussian Classicist syntheses of the arts. The ensemble was influenced and designed by three prominent artistic figures of the nineteenth century: Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Peter Joseph Lenné and Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau.