Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

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Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
New Building
Panoramic view of the Academy

The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (German: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, also known as Munich Academy) is one of the oldest and most significant art academies in Germany.


The Academy of Fine Arts was founded 1808 by Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria in Munich as the "Royal Academy of Fine Arts". Many foreign artists studied there, and Munich School is a term used in the history of Greek art, and sometimes also of American art, for the styles that were influenced by the Academy in the 19th century, including that of academic realism. In 1946, the Academy was merged with the schools for arts-and-crafts and applied arts, respectively. In 1953, the name changed to its current form.


On 26 October 2005, a new Deconstructivist structure designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au was completed as an extension to the 19th-century Renaissance Revival building designed by Gottfried Neureuther which housed the Academy since 1886.

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Coordinates: 48°09′11″N 11°34′49″E / 48.15306°N 11.58028°E / 48.15306; 11.58028