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Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna () is a public art school of higher education in Vienna, Austria.



The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was founded in 1692 as a private academy modelled on the Accademia di San Luca and the Parisien Acad mie de peinture et de sculpture by the court-painter Peter Strudel, who became the Praefectus Academiae Nostrae. In 1701 he was ennobled by Emperor Joseph I as Freiherr (Baron) of the Empire. With his death in 1714, the academy temporarily closed. Life drawing room at the Vienna academy, Martin Ferdinand Quadal, 1787 On 20 January 1725, Emperor Charles VI appointed the Frenchman Jacob van Schuppen as Prefect and Director of the Academy, which was refounded as the k.k. Hofakademie der Maler, Bildhauer und Baukunst (Imperial and Royal Court Academy of painters, sculptors and architecture). Upon Charles' death in 1740, the academy at first declined, however during the rule of his daughter Empress Maria Theresa, a new statute reformed the academy in 1751. The prestige of the academy grew during the deanships of Michelangelo Unterberger and Paul Troger, and in 1767 the archduchesses Maria Anna and Maria Carolina were made the first Honorary Members. In 1772, there were further reforms to the organisational structure. Chancellor Wenzel Anton Kaunitz integrated all existing art schools into the k.k. vereinigten Akademie der bildenden K nste (Imperial and Royal Unified Academy of Fine Arts). The word "vereinigten" (unified) was later dropped.

In 1872 Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria approved a statute making the academy the supreme government authority for the arts. A new building was constructed according to plans designed by the faculty Theophil Hansen in the course of the layout of the Ringstra e boulevard. On 3 April 1877, the present-day building on Schillerplatz in the Innere Stadt district was inaugurated, the interior works, including ceiling frescos by Anselm Feuerbach, continued until 1892. In 1907 and 1908, young Adolf Hitler, who had come from Linz, was twice denied admission to the drawing class. He stayed in Vienna, subsisting on his orphan allowance, and tried unsuccessfully to continue his profession as an artist. Soon he had withdrawn into poverty and started selling amateur paintings, mostly watercolours, for meagre sustenance until he left Vienna for Munich in May 1913.

Anatomical room of the Akademie
Anatomical room of the Akademie
During the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany from 1938 1945, the academy was forced to heavily reduce its number of Jewish staff. After World War II, the academy was reconstituted in 1955 and its autonomy reconfirmed. It has had university status since 1998, but retained its original name. It is currently the only Austrian university that doesn't have the word "university" in its name.


The academy is divided into the following institutes:

  • Institute for Fine Arts, which houses thirteen departments: Abstract Painting; Art and Digital Media; Art and Photography; Arts and Research; Conceptual Art; Contextual Painting; Expanded Pictorial Space; Figurative Painting; Graphic Arts and Printmaking Techniques; Object Sculpture; Performative Art - Sculpture; Video and Video-installation; Textual Sculpture[1]
  • Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies (art theory, philosophy, history);
  • Institute for Conservation and Restoration;
  • Institute for Natural Sciences and Technologies in Art;
  • Institute for Secondary School Teaching Degrees (craft, design, textile arts);
  • Institute for Art and Architecture.

The Academy currently has about 900 students, almost a quarter of which are foreign students. Its faculty includes "stars" such as Peter Sloterdijk. Its library houses approx. 110,000 volumes and its "etching cabinet" (Kupferstichkabinett) has about 150,000 drawings and prints. The collection is one of the biggest in Austria, and is used for academic purposes, although portions are also open to the general public.

Famous graduates

  • Alois Arnegger
  • Joannis Avramidis
  • William Berczy
  • Joanna Gleich
  • Gottfried Helnwein
  • Wolfgang Hollegha
  • Alfred Hrdli ka
  • Gottfried Lindauer
  • Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
  • Constantin Daniel Rosenthal
  • Egon Schiele
  • Othmar Schimkowitz
  • Erwin Wurm
  • Willi Soukop
  • Otto Wagner

Other students and professors

  • Oz Almog, (born 1956)
  • Karl Aigen (1684 1762), student, director and professor
  • Paul Troger (1698 1762)
  • Johann Georg Platzer (1704 1761)
  • Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724 1796)
  • Thomas Ender (1793 1875)
  • Albert Zimmermann (1808 1888)
  • Rudolf von Alt (1812 1905)
  • Friedrich von Schmidt (1825 1891)
  • Anselm Feuerbach (1829 1880), professor (1873)
  • Alois Arnegger (1879 1963)
  • Clemens Holzmeister (1886 1983)
  • Adolf Hitler (1889 1945), was twice refused admission
  • Edwin Grienauer (1893 1964)
  • Menci Clement Crn i (1865 1930)
  • Kurt Weiss (1895 1966)
  • Caspar Neher (1897 1962)
  • Norbert Troller (1900 1984))
  • Roland Rainer (1910 2004)
  • Ludwig Merwart (1913 1979)
  • Joannis Avramidis (born 1922)
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 2000)
  • Gustav Peichl (born 1928)
  • Anton Lehmden (born 1929)
  • Ernst Fuchs (born 1930)
  • Gottfried Helnwein (born 1948)
  • Andrea Maria Dusl (born 1961)
  • Daniel Richter (born 1962)
  • Diedrich Diederichsen (born 1957)
  • Hansi Sta l (born 1913)
  • Rudolph Schwarz (1840 1912)
  • Katarina Ivanovi (1811-1882)
  • Konstantin Danil


External links

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