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The Saxony-Anhalt Museum Association

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Research Centre for Early Romanticism and Novalis Museum

Wiederstedt

Schloss Oberwiederstedt, das Geburtshaus des Dichters Novalis Novalis

Nestled amidst the listed ensemble of a former Dominican monastery from the 13th century, the castle park, and the fairytale rose garden is the Renaissance Oberwiederstedt Castle. The most important poet of Early German Romanticism, Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772-1801), who gave himself the pen name Novalis, was born here on 2 May 1772. The building, which was saved from demolition in the 1980s thanks to a courageous public campaign, now houses the only museum in the State of Saxony-Anhalt dedicated to Romantic literature. The Research Centre is an important location for the research and investigation of Early Romanticism. The centre is complemented by the International Novalis Society and the Novalis Foundation "Wege wagen mit Novalis" [Venture Ways with Novalis], which are also found in the poet's house of birth. The mission of the institution can be experienced in diverse ways. In addition to the museum rooms featuring permanent and special exhibitions, visitors also have access to an extensive library and an interesting range of events.

About the exhibition:
With the figure of the child begins the figure of humanity. The theme of the child and childhood is presented for the first time from an art-historical and literary context, thus offering a view into the Early Romantic concept of the utopian childhood and making the corresponding discovery, observation, and experience of oneself as the basis of life visible and recognisable. Of particular note is the special interactive setting. The display includes objects of art and cultural history from the private collection of the Ohm Foundation (Hamburg). Outstanding paintings and sculptures show the transformation of the representation of children in the visual arts from antiquity to the 19th century. Children's clothes and toys convey a vivid picture of the everyday world of a child around 1800.