Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

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Royal Academy of Art
Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) logo.png
Established 1682
Students 1000
Location The Hague, Netherlands
Campus Urban

The Royal Academy of Art (Dutch: Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, KABK) is an art academy in The Hague. Succeeding the Haagsche Teekenakademie (part of the Confrerie Pictura), the academy was founded on 29 September 1682, making it the oldest in the Netherlands.[1]


The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, was founded on September 29, 1682 by Willem Doudijns, Theodor van der Schuer, Daniel Mijtens the Younger, Robert Duval and Augustinus Terwesten as the "The Hague Teeken Academy." In the evening there were drawings classes and on Saturday the society debated about art.[2][3]

In the 18th century the Hague Academy was a thriving institution. The end of the 18th century were difficult times due to the absence of any financial support. The low point was around 1800, when the academy was working with less than ten students.[1]

Building of the Royal Academy of Art at the Prinsessegracht 4 in The Hague.

Under William I of the Netherlands support returned and the institute grew. In 1821 the drawing education was combined with the newly established School of Civil Engineering.[4] After being housed in the Korenbeurs and Boterwaag was in 1839, a new neoclassical building was designed by city architect Zeger Reyers (1790-1857), located at the Prinsessegracht. In the 19th century the famous artists were Johannes Bosboom, Isaac Israels, Willem Maris, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch and George Hendrik Breitner were trained here. In 1937 on the site of the ancient temple completed a new academy building designed by J.H. Plantenga (1891–c. 1945), J.W.E. Buijs en J.B. Lürsen.

In 1990 the Royal Academy merged and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague into the "School of Visual Arts, Music and Dance," since 2010 the "University of the Arts in The Hague."

The academy every two years awards the Gerrit Noordzij Prize initial designs.

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  1. ^ a b "History". KABK. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Plantenga, J.H., De academie van 's Gravenhage 1682-1937, Den Haag 1938
  3. ^ J.J. Beljon (1982). 300 jaar Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten 's-Gravenhage 1682-1982: een beknopt overzicht. p. 16.
  4. ^ Beljon (1982, p. 41)

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