The Düsseldorf Art Academy

As you might have noticed from previous posts, Düsseldorf has a lot to offer when it comes to art and culture.  However, it is not just galleries, museums and theaters that are artistic havens.  One very special venue is the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

Elector Carl Theodor founded the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1773 with the intention to build a creative space for painters, sculptors and architects.  Over the years, the academy expanded to also include stage design, photography and film.  Among the school’s successful alum are internationally recognized arts August Macke, Paul Klee and Joseph Beuys.  In addition to fostering new artists, the Academy also works to restore and preserve art throughout time.

Since 1972 the public has been invited to visit the illustrious school once a year.  During this time they are welcome to explore the halls and in turn view the work of about 550 students.  The best part?  The students are on hand to discuss the pieces with their guests.  Each year this event attracts both art aficionados looking to discover the next great master, as well as the more novice art lover simply looking to enjoy the sights.

The next event takes place from February 20-24, 2012. You can also visit the Düsseldorf Art Academy website ( for additional information.  Of course if you are staying at Breidenbacher Hof your Personal Assistant can help you plan your visit.  Hopefully you will have a chance to partake in this fantastic event during a future trip to Düsseldorf.