With the Robert Schumann anniversaries in 2006 (150th anniversary of his death) and 2010 (200th birthday) in mind, the Schumann Netzwerk was created in fall 2005 initiated and financially supported by the office in charge for culture and media of the federal government. Among the founder members or ‘networkers’ of the very first beginning, following institutions in the Schumann cities Zwickau, Leipzig, Düsseldorf and Bonn, accepted the invitation of Bonn head of department for culture and the head of StadtMuseum Bonn as assigned project coordinator and were represented by delegates:
- Robert-Schumann-Haus Zwickau
- Robert-Schumann-Gesellschaft Zwickau
- Kulturdezernat der Stadt Leipzig
- Clara-und Robert-Schumann-Verein Leipzig e. V.
- Heinrich-Heine-Institut Düsseldorf
- Robert-Schumann-Gesellschaft Düsseldorf (mit Schumann-Forschungsstelle)
- StadtMuseum Bonn
- Schumannhaus Bonn
It was agreed on close collaboration, especially with regard to public relations, which is also the reason why the first project agreed on was the creation of an online portal about Robert Schumann. Since the journey is the reward and thus, the Schumann portal has to be constantly complemented and kept updated. The aim of the portal administered by the project coordinator in cooperation with a web project administrator, is firstly, to gather information about all activities related to Robert Schumann by the connected institutions and also a broader approach by means of activities in other cities. A broad range of information about the life of Robert Schumann is also aimed in order to avoid question remain unanswered.
The Schumann Netzwerk is aiming to connect more institutions, associations and societies related to Schumann, whereat the connection with Schumann has to provide a collection, local reference or special fostering of one of his works.
Until 2011 following Schumann places were added (represented through specific institutions, respectively the city council):
The work of the project coordination of the Schumann Netzwerk is focusing on the intensified collaboration between the different Schumann cities and venues, supports the activities and common ‘branding’ of the Schumann cities in public matters and should also be motivated to work on “Reisen auf den Spuren von Robert Schumann”. The project coordination of the network in Bonn is constantly trying to extend and strengthen the network in close cooperation with member institutions, in order to achieve the same level of recognition for Robert Schumann, as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, and also to accomplish an identification in the public perception of Schumann with the cities related to his life and connected with the remembrance of him.
With the support of the federal government commissioner for culture and media and the City of Bonn.
Translation: Katharina Ma