German art publisher

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German art publisher

legal form GmbH
founding 1921
Seat Berlin and Munich
management Pipa Neumann

The German art publisher ( DKV ) is a German art book publisher headquartered in Berlin and Munich . His focus is on art and cultural history, architecture and monument preservation.


It was founded on July 4, 1921 in Berlin at the suggestion of the Prussian Ministry of Culture of a number of renowned partners from the German publishing industry, publishers island , EA Seemann , German publishing house , Julius Hoffmann Verlag , G. Grote , Julius Bard and Walter de Gruyter and the bank Delbrück-Schickler & Co. The purpose of the publishing house was to manage and market the rich holdings of the former Prussian Messbild-Anstalt, renamed “Staatliche Bildstelle Berlin” . The headquarters of the publishing house was at Wilhelmstrasse 69, in the house of the Ministry of Culture. Burkhard Meier (1885–1946) and Gerhardt Lüdtke were the first managing directors . The book and art shop "Buch und Kunst", which was housed in the same building, also belonged to the publishing house.

In 1924 the Walter de Gruyter publishing house took over all of the shares in the publishing house, and on October 1, 1934, the headquarters were moved to Genthiner Straße 13, the headquarters of the de Gruyter publishing house. In 1939, de Gruyter separated from the Deutscher Kunstverlag, which became the property of Burkhard Meier and his wife Ellen, a daughter of Walter de Gruyter . At the end of the Second World War , the entire inventory of the publisher went under. Meier received an American publishing license on October 3, 1945, but died shortly afterwards. Ernst Hermann (1898–1984), who has worked for the publishing house since 1925, took over the management of the publishing house and received an American license on May 25, 1946. In 1948 the publishing house was converted into a GmbH based in Munich and Berlin, with Ellen Burkhard-Meier and Ernst Hermann becoming shareholders. The publishing house was located in Munich at Kurfürstenstrasse 7 / IV, from 1949 at Arcisstrasse 10; from 1950 Rondell Neuwittelsbach 8. 1960 the son Michael Meier (1925–2015) joined the publishing house, he became managing director in 1961 and a partner in 1971. In 1964 the headquarters of the publishing house was moved to Vohburger Straße 1. In 1991 the publishing house was sold to Hirmer Verlag .

In the 1990s and at the beginning of the 21st century, the publisher came into frequently changing ownership. At the beginning of 2007, Gabriele Miller acquired Deutsche Kunstverlag as the sole shareholder. The headquarters of the publishing house was moved back to Berlin. In October 2010, the daughter of the main shareholder, Stephanie Ecker, took over the commercial management of the publishing house. In January 2011, she and Gabriela Wachter, owner of Parthas Verlag, became co-managing partner of Deutsche Kunstverlag GmbH.

Deutsche Kunstverlag has been an independent publisher under the umbrella of Wissenschaftsverlag De Gruyter since 2018. The publisher is increasing its presence in the traditional program areas and creating the structures for digital publishing. In dialogue with publishers, academics, museums and foundations, innovative concepts are developed that guarantee both the usual quality in terms of content and design and are tailored to the current demands of authors and the book trade.


In the 1920s, some of the book series that define the publisher's profile to this day appear, others have been added over the years. In addition to the scientific publications, it is above all the art books and exhibition catalogs that make up the publisher's program.

The publishing house has been associated with art topography since it was founded . The most important series here is the Handbuch der Deutschen Kunstdenkmäler , founded by Georg Dehio , or Dehio for short . The publishing house has been responsible for this series of books since 1929.

The art guides are among the publisher's best-known publications . The series Deutsche Lande - Deutsche Kunst was published from 1925 to 1987, and the series Deutsche Dome from 1927 to 1942 . In the series DKV-Kunstführer (founded in 1943 as a guide to major architectural monuments , since 1945 major architectural monuments , since 1999 under the title DKV-Kunstführer ), individual publications appear in paperboard form, which are mainly available as information material on the site of the monuments. Also, museum guides and art postcards to museums, collections and art monuments included in the program of the publisher. The series Deutsche Lande - Deutsche Kunst , founded in 1925, was discontinued in 1987. The series Bild Handbuch der Kunstdenkmäler , founded in 1958 , of which 49 volumes have appeared, was also discontinued in the 1990s. The further series of DKV picture handbooks did not get beyond six volumes published between 1988 and 1992.

  • Rows
    • Art studies (since 1929)
    • Karl Friedrich Schinkel's life's work (since 1939)
    • Munich Egyptological Studies (1962–1988)
    • Research on castles and palaces , published by the Wartburg Society for Research on Castles and Palaces (1994-2010)
    • Rudolstadt research on residential culture (1998–2008)
    • Passages / Passagen (since 1999) and Passerelles (since 2002) of the German Forum for Art History in Paris
    • Aachen library. Series of publications by the Chair of Art History at RWTH Aachen University (since 2000)
    • Italian research at the Art History Institute in Florence (since 2001)
    • Munich University Writings from the Institute for Art History at the University of Munich (2001–2010)
    • Inventories of art monuments (Baden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bayer, Brandenburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Schleswig-Holstein)
  • scientific journals
    • Monument preservation (since 1934)
    • Journal of Art History (since 1940)
    • Low German contributions to art history (1961–2006)
    • Yearbook of the State Art Collections in Baden-Württemberg (since 1964)
    • Yearbook of the Bavarian Monument Preservation (since 1971)
    • architectura . Journal for the History of Architecture (since 1971)

The series of world art antiques guides (since 1995) and the successful titles Kunst & Krempel , 3 volumes for the television program of the same name by Bayerischer Rundfunk (1997–2001), serve collectors and enthusiasts as a reference work.


  • German art publisher 1921–1971. To the chronicle of the house . Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich / Berlin 1971, ISBN 3-422-00647-8 .
  • German art publisher 1921–1996. History and future. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich / Berlin 1996.
  • Anne Katrin Ziesak: The publisher Walter de Gruyter 1749–1999. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-11-016698-4 , pp. 246-247.
  • Roland Jaeger: Care of German art. The German Art Publishing House, Berlin. In: Manfred Heiting, Roland Jaeger (Hrsg.): Autopsy. German-language photo books 1918 to 1945. Volume 1. Steidl Verlag, Göttingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-86930-412-0 , pp. 142–163.
  • Angelika Königseder: Walter de Gruyter. A science publisher under National Socialism . Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-16-154393-7 , pp. 108-113.

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