Dresden University of Fine Arts

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Dresden University of Fine Arts
founding 1764
Sponsorship state
place Dresden city arms Dresden
state SaxonySaxony Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Matthias Flügge
Students 552 (WS 2015/16)
Networks Dresden concept
Website www.hfbk-dresden.de

The Dresden Academy of Fine Arts ( HfBK Dresden , also known as the Dresden Art Academy or Dresden Art Academy ) was founded in 1764, making it one of the oldest universities in Dresden .


Art Academy on the Brühlsche Terrasse seen from the Frauenkirche

Art Academy on Brühl's Terrace

In a prominent location in the city, on the Brühlsche Terrasse , right next to the Frauenkirche , is the art academy, one of the three buildings of today's Dresden University of Fine Arts. Constantin Lipsius designed the four-wing building, which was built from 1887 to 1894 in the style of historicism . Because of its monumentality in the city, it was controversial in this exposed location. The building, whose glass dome is also known as the lemon squeezer because of its shape, housed the art academy and the exhibition building of the Saxon Art Association; since 2005 it has been used as an art hall by the Dresden State Art Collections . In 1945 all buildings suffered considerable fire damage. By 1952 this had been repaired to such an extent that the academy could start teaching again. Extensive renovation work on the Lipsius building followed between 1991 and 2002, parts that were destroyed in the Second World War were reconstructed. The Brühlsche Terrasse is home to the fine arts studios, graphic workshops, the rectorate and the university's exhibition rooms, where the annual diploma exhibition for graduates takes place.

School of Applied Arts on Güntzstrasse

School of Applied
Arts on Güntzstrasse

The workshops and studios for the restoration, stage and costume design courses and the college diploma course for theater equipment are located at Güntzstraße 34 in Johannstadt in the buildings of the former Academy of Applied Arts .


The university has a sculpture department at Pfotenhauerstraße 81/83, also in Johannstadt , whose studios and workshops were built in 1910 on a large open-air site.

Every year at the beginning of July, the diploma and annual exhibition takes place at the Brühlsche Terrasse and Pfotenhauerstraße locations.


In 1764 the "General Art Academy of Painting, Sculpture, Engraving and Architecture" was founded on behalf of Elector Friedrich Christian . She was housed in the Fürstenberg House from 1768 to 1786 . Its first leader was the French Charles Hutin . After Hutin's death in 1776, Johann Eleazar Zeissig , known as Schenau, became alternate director of the academy with Giovanni Battista Casanova . The academy was the successor to the first drawing and painting school founded in 1680 . It was one of the oldest art academies in German-speaking countries.

The Royal Saxon School of Applied Arts in Dresden was founded in the Polytechnic School on Antonsplatz in 1875/76 . One of its departments was the Museum of Decorative Arts in 1876 . In 1906/08 the facility moved to the new building intended for it . In 1914 the arts and crafts museum became independent, today it is located in Pillnitz Castle . The Staatliche Hochschule für Werkkunst emerged from the Kunstgewerbeschule , and in 1950 it was merged with the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts to form the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.


Today it is one of the art colleges in Germany that are particularly attractive for studying art thanks to their unmistakable profile and excellent framework conditions. Spacious studios and very well-equipped workshops are available to the students. The university's exhibition options are excellent: with the octagon under the glass dome (also known as the “lemon press”) that characterizes the cityscape and the two adjacent large exhibition rooms, as well as the former library and the “Galerie Brühlsche Terrasse”, the university has generous presentation areas that can be used by everyone Courses and cooperation partners of the university can be used.

The reorientation of the university, which began in 1990, offered the opportunity to innovatively and organically develop an academy with a long, successful history and distinctive traditions. Well-known international artists teach and teach at the university. The different offers and artistic positions in the study of painting and graphics as well as sculpture are broad. These classic cornerstones of artistic teaching are complemented, discourse and artistic exchange at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences in the project class “New Media” and a specialist class for comprehensive artistic work. The study opportunities allow you to move within and between the individual subject classes and to use the study offers optimally for your own concerns and projects.


The fine arts course ( painting , free graphics , sculpture , new media ) comprises 10 semesters and ends with a diploma. The course in Art Technology, Conservation and Restoration of Art and Cultural Property is one of the oldest and most renowned university-level training institutions in Germany. The stage and costume design course and the university degree in theater equipment , with their practical interweaving of design and implementation disciplines, offer opportunities that can hardly be found elsewhere.

With the laboratory theater in Güntzstrasse, which was completed in April 2000 , a well-equipped rehearsal and experimental stage, the university has also created optimal work opportunities for theater courses in addition to the studios.

The postgraduate course in art therapy , which has been newly established since 1996 , is otherwise only offered at the Weißensee School of Art in Berlin. After graduation, artists and art educators are given qualification perspectives in the artistic-social field.

Current artist professors

The following artists teach at this university:

Visual arts


Restoration is taught by Thomas Danzl, Ursula Haller, Christoph Herm, Ivo Mohrmann and Andreas Schulze.

Stage and costume design

Professors Barbara Ehnes, Nadia Fistarol and Kattrin Michel supervise the stage and costume design course.

Theater equipment

The training in theater equipment is carried out by Jens Büttner, Ulrich Eißner , Maren Greinke and Anne Neuser.

Art therapy

The “Art Therapy” postgraduate course is headed by Doris Titze.

Comprehensive theoretical and application-oriented teaching

Olaf Lauströer, Constanze Peres, Dietmar Rübel, Donatus Thürnau and Bettina Uppenkamp give comprehensive theoretical and application-oriented teaching.

Directors and Rectors

Former artist professors

Numerous well-known artist professors such as Canaletto , Giovanni Casanova , Caspar David Friedrich , Gottfried Semper and Eugen Bracht gave the academy an international reputation. With their teaching activities in Dresden, Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Dix established a long-lasting painting tradition.

Hans Grundig is one of the former art professors . He was the first rector of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, which reopened on April 17, 1947, and professor of one of its painting classes.

Well-known students


The former student Wilhelm von Kügelgen describes in excerpts from his famous youthful memories of an old man , which have appeared in millions of copies, the lessons and life at the art academy, where his father, Gerhard von Kügelgen, also taught as a professor. The book, first published in 1870 by Philipp von Nathusius , was one of the most widely read of its time.

Web links

Commons : University of Fine Arts Dresden  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Students at universities in the Free State of Saxony 2015 ( Memento from October 16, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), Statistical Report (PDF), State Statistical Office of the Free State of Saxony
  2. ^ Hutin, Charles François, accessed December 7, 2013
  3. http://www.hfbk-dresden.de/fileadmin/alle/downloads/studienang/KunstTherapieDresden.pdf
  4. ^ Hans-Karl Pesch: Erwin Bowien . Ed .: Bettina Heinen-Ayech. 1st edition. Solingen 1980.

Coordinates: 51 ° 3 ′ 10.2 ″  N , 13 ° 44 ′ 32.8 ″  E