Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Munich

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Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich is one of the oldest and most significant art academies in Germany. It is located in the Maxvorstadt district of Munich, in Bavaria, Germany.History18th centuryThe history of the academy goes back to the 18th century, before the 1770 by Elector Maximilian III. Joseph, the so-called "drawing school", which already bore the name "academy" in its name ("Zeichnungs Schule respective Maler und Bildhauer academie").19th centuryThe Academy of Fine Arts was enhanced in 1808 by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria as Royal Academy of Fine Arts.Munich School styleThe Munich School refers to a group of painters who worked in Munich or were trained at the Academy between 1850 and 1918. The paintings are characterized by a naturalistic style and dark chiaroscuro. Typical painting subjects included landscape, portraits, genre, still-life, and history.20th centuryFrom 1900 to 1918 the academy's director was Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller.In 1946, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts was merged with the School of arts and crafts and the School of applied arts.In 1953 its name was changed to the current Academy of Fine Arts.BuildingsThe large 19th-century Renaissance Revival style building complex, designed by Gottfried Neureuther, was completed in 1886. It has housed the Academy since then.


80799 Munich

Phone number

+49 / 89 / 38 52 -0

Opening hours

Monday 07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
Friday 07:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed



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