Munich Art Academy

Starting your career as an artist...

Having started as a drawing school in 1770, the "Royal Academy of Arts" was founded by King Maximilian I in 1908. In 1886 it moved into its new premises, built by Gottfried von Neureuther, next to the Siegestor. An extension on the building is due to be finished in 2005.

Painting, graphics, sculpture and architecture have been the focus of the academy's curriculum. At the turn from the 19th to the 20th century, Lovis Corinth, Otto Mueller, Giorgio de Chirico, Kandinsky, Alfred Kubin, Paul Klee and Franz Marc studied here.

The range of courses was widened considerably in 1946: the arts-and-crafts school, which had been destroyed in the war, was incorporated; in the same year the academy started courses for art education at grammar schools.

The academy receives a large number of applications every year. 700 students are currently taught by 36 professors. 60 lecturers round off the programme with special courses. The high proportion of international students proves the academy's great international reputation.

The "Stiftung Kunstakademie" (Arts Academy Fund), established in 1999, has contributed considerably to the renovation of the old academy building. The fund aims to support the current needs of the academy politically and socially.

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