The research of the Kleist-Museum actively interacts with the collection and its mediation. The core of the research work is the scientific indexing and processing of the collections. In addition, the Kleist-Museum is a lively place of scholarly communication and knowledge transfer.
The thematic research focus is Heinrich von Kleist (1777–1811); however, Ewald Christian von Kleist (1715–1759), Franz Alexander von Kleist (1769–1797) as well as Friedrich (1777–1843) and Caroline de la Motte Fouqué (1775–1831) also belong to the research field. In addition, questions of the exhibition of literature are the focus of research interest.
Cooperation with other research facilities and institutions is central to the research work of the Kleist-Museum. A close collaboration links the museum with the Heinrich von Kleist Society, especially in the joint publication of the Kleist Yearbook.
Ulrike von Kleist
With the entry in the family book of F.G. von Puttkammer, the Kleist-Museum possesses one of the extremely rare handwritten testimonies of Ulrike von Kleist (1774–1849), the half-sister of Heinrich von Kleist. An exhibition and biographical publication on the occasion of her 250th birthday in April 2024 will trace the life of a woman who was more than the poet's sister.
New permanent exhibition 2027
For the anniversary year 2027 on the occasion of Kleist’s 250th birthday, the Kleist-Museum is planning a new permanent exhibition on the life and work of Heinrich von Kleist. What approaches to his work can we find today? How to convey the person of Heinrich von Kleist and his world of experience in our present day? And what role does the specificity of literature play as an exhibition object? Based on the collection and with reference to current research discourses, we address these and other questions in preparation for the permanent exhibition.
Karl von Zenge
The Kleist-Museum acquired 26 letters written by Karl von Zenge (1777–1802) to his family in Frankfurt an der Oder between March 1799 and December 1801. Karl von Zenge was the oldest brother of Kleist’s fiancée Wilhelmine von Zenge and shared an apartment with Kleist from August 1800 to April 1801. A digital edition of all letters is planned.
History of the Kleist Institutions
The project involves successive research into the history of the Kleist-Museum and its predecessor institutions, the Kleist Society (1920–1945) and the Heinrich von Kleist Society (since 1960). The first part of the research focuses on the critical processing of the estate of Georg Minde-Pouet (1871–1950), the long-time chairman of the first Kleist Society.
The Kleist-Museum publishes in its own series the latest research results, texts and explanations on Heinrich von Kleist, his literary environment and his time, as well as books and catalogues accompanying exhibitions.
Essays on Kleist’s works and reviews of the most important publications provide a detailed overview of current Kleist research. In addition, the yearbooks contain the speeches for the awarding of the Kleist Prize. The current Kleist yearbooks are available in the store.
Prof. Dr. Anne Fleig, Professor of Modern German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and President of the Heinrich von Kleist Society
Dr. Barbara Gribnitz, Head of the Research Department at the Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt (Oder)
Prof. Dr. Christian Moser, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Vice President of the Heinrich von Kleist Society
Anke Pätsch, Director of the Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt (Oder)
Dr. Adrian Robanus, Research Associate at the Kleist-Museum, Frankfurt (Oder)
PD Dr. Martin Roussel, Scientific Director of the International College Morphomata (Cologne)
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The yearbooks from 2000 to 2017 can be downloaded here.
The Kleist-Museum is a place of Kleist research. Every year, it invites advanced students and doctoral candidates to a workshop to discuss selected aspects of Kleist’s work together with Kleist researchers. The Kleist-Museum organises international conferences on special exhibition topics and questions of museum studies.
Heinrich von Kleist Society
The Heinrich von Kleist Society is an international literary and scientific association. It makes Kleist’s work and life accessible through scholarly conferences and publications, and promotes Kleist’s reception by a broader public through artistic and, in particular, literary events.
The Kleist-Museum Foundation and the Heinrich von Kleist Society cooperate closely: together they publish the Kleist Yearbook, organize joint events and engage in a wide range of scholarly exchange.