Villa Massimo

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Main house of the Villa Massimo

Villa Massimo, short for Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo (Italian: Accademia Tedesca Roma Villa Massimo), is a German art institute in Rome, established in 1910 and located in the Villa Massimo.

The fellowship at the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo represents one of the most important awards offered to German artists for study abroad. The award offers residency for one year at the Villa Massimo to ten artists in the middle of their careers, who have excelled in Germany and abroad, including architects, composers, writers and figurative artists.

The founder of this institution was the patron and entrepreneur Eduard Arnhold, who in 1910 acquired the beautiful and extensive property of 36,000 m², previously the suburban villa of the aristocratic Massimo family. Arnhold commissioned the building of the main structure, a large villa which would be appropriate for official events, and ten modern studios with adjacent private residential spaces. He later donated the villa, and its luxurious furnishings, to the Prussian state. Today, the Villa Massimo is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Media, of the Chancellery of the Federal Republic of Germany. Following an extensive three-year restoration, the Academy started in 2003 a renewed commitment to nurture culture in Rome and in Italy.

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