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Fine Arts in Germany

The Web offers a diversity of information on the visual arts in Germany. Here you‘ll find links on art from sculpture to photography.

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Academy of the Arts

The list of its members and honorary members includes such names as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Max Liebermann – famous personalities who have left an indelible mark on the art of their time. As one of the German cultural institutions with the longest tradition, to which artists from all over the world belong, the Berlin Academy of the Arts (AdK) also provides consulting services to the German government.

Organization of German Art Associations

In the German art scene, art associations play an important role as non-commercial forums for contemporary art which has not yet gotten established. Art associations often give unknown artists their first chance to present their work.

ART COLOGNE – International Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art

Art buffs from all over the world meet in Cologne every spring, when international galleries present the works of modern and contemporary artists. ART COLOGNE is one of the most important art shows in Germany and features a lot of new young talent in particular. There are so many spectacular drawings, pictures, photographs, videos and sculptures to admire!

Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts

For a tax law which favors culture, and for the maintaining of art-related jobs: quite apart from artistic creativity, it is important for visual artists to pursue common interests on an organizational level. This task is performed by the Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts (Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler, BBK) e.V.


Every five years, Kassel, which is located in the northern part of the state of Hessen, stirs artistically, and reaches out to touch the world. documenta is an institution, one of the most prestigious and tradition-rich exhibitions of contemporary art in the world. Artist Arnold Bode set the stage for the first exhibition in 1955 to confront Germany with the modern era after World War II.

ifa Database of Artists and Architects

Art knows no borders: the database of artists and architects operated by the Institute for International Foreign Affairs (ifa) offers access to the lives and works of German artists and international artists working in Germany.

International Society of Fine Arts

As an association of national artists' societies, the International Society of Fine Arts (Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste, IGBK) seeks to improve the social and legal status of fine artists. It conducts a dialogue with ministries and institutions in Germany and the EU and cooperates with various partners.