250th anniversary

This year Dresdner Kunstakademie celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding. On February 6, 1764, the Duke of Saxony Prince Xavier signed the “Deed founding the General Art Academy for Painting, the Art of Sculpture, Engraving, and Architecture” making Dresden’s art academy one of the oldest art academies in Europe. 

geradezu momentan

An exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of Dresden’s KunstakademieMatthias Flügge, Susanne Greinke, and Dietmar Rübel

The central project in the framework of the program for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the art academy is the show geradezu momentan (virtually current) held at the school’s exhibition space, the Oktogon, which will open with a ceremony and reception on February 6, 2014 at the Albertinum (8 pm). Based on the core proposition that art schools are not museums, but above all sites of artistic practice, the exhibition is conceived from the perspective of creative process. 

The exhibition is not about the school, but an exhibition with Dresden’s Hochschule für Bildende Künste, resulting in dialogs with the rich history of the institution in which today’s students engage with the academy as a historical location. The artworks and objects from the last 250 years send the visitors to the exhibition on an associative journey that breaks with classical chronologies and sequences of styles to show the necessity of spaces of artistic freedom beyond social norms.

The exhibition shows objects from the rich store of the school’s own collection and archives, complemented by loans from museums and private collections. A walk through the exhibition, conceived as an essay, reveals important moments of the school’s history. The exhibits include artworks, documents, artifacts, and individual memories that reflect in their own way the rich universe of Dresden’s art academy. The exhibition thus approaches the institution from the margins, placing now unknown artists such as Rosina de Gasc, August Kotzsch, Kurt Goellner, or Sascha Schneider at the center of attention while at the same time featuring works by now prominent artists from their time spent as students in Dresden. 

The show also looks at a little regarded aspect of the institution’s history until now, the brief introduction of art training for women in 1800, alongside important debates inspired by the Dresden academy. These include debates about color in sculpture in the nineteenth century, the harsh social climate of the 1920s, and the influence that the art faculty had on Nazi art policy. 

More recent history is reflected by looking at the aesthetic and political debates of the early GDR, especially the divergence between so-called “free” and applied art in the formalism debates of the period. The exhibition concludes with the actions held by students during the 1980s and the arrival of new faculty in the 1990s. 

A bridge is spanned between history and the present with numerous student interventions that refer more or less explicitly to the historical exhibits. The exhibition was designed by Marten Schech, currently a student with Wilhelm Mundt. Sculpture and architecture in one, the exhibition design recalls the geometry of the original flooring destroyed during the war, and reinterpreting the historical space in a new way. 

It is impossible to show 250 years in full completion. We seek not to present history and its heroes or the achievements of the present, but rather want to engage the visitors with a network of episodes that links now and then to create a kind of anthology including things both new and familiar. In so doing, we rely on collective memory, for the visitors will repeatedly think of those that they painfully miss. Each individual can recall their own Dresden heroes and allow the exhibition to complement the figures in their own imaginary museum: fleeting or enduring, in any case “virtually current”: geradezu momentan.

Artists include:

Charles François Hutin, Schenau, Marten Schech, Giovanni Casanova, Julia Gaisbacher, Rosina de Gasc, Caroline Therese Richter, Robert Vanis, Caroline Friederike Friedrich, Johanna Rüggen, Gottfried Semper, Via Lewandowski, Julius Scholz, Alex Gehrke, Adrian Zingg, Carl August Richter, August Kotzsch, Ernst Rietschel, Georg Treu, Ernst Sattler, Robert Diez, Kurt Eberhard Goellner, Hermann Krone, Alexander “Sascha” Schneider, Otto Dix, Else Gabriel, Edmund Kesting, George Grosz, Marga Kummer, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lachnit, Hans Grundig, Curt Querner, Hermann Glöckner, Gerhard Keil, Richard Müller, Richard Peter sen., Edmund Kesting, Alex Lebus, Wilhelm Rudolph, Mart Stam, Hans Grundig, Benjamin Stölzel, Elrid Metzkes, Harald Metzkes, Gerhard Papstein, Jürgen Böttcher / Strawalde, Eleni Trupis, Werner Stötzer, Heinz Lohmar, Gerhard Richter, Bianca Rüterbories, Ralf Winkler / A. R. Penck / Mike Hammer, Ludwig Richter, Peter Makolies, Micha Brendel 

Friends and Supporters
The jubilee exhibition of the Dresden Kunstakademie has been made possible by the generous support of many contributors. A special thanks goes to the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung with Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art, and the Freundeskreis der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden.

geradezu momentan 
February 7–June 15, 2014
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
Tues.–Sun., 11am–6 pm  
D – 01067 Dresden


Highlights of the Jubilee Year

February 6, 2014 
5:30 pm, opening ceremony, Lichthof, Albertinum
8 pm, opening, jubilee exhibition, followed by reception 

Akademiegebäude Brühlsche Terrasse
Exhibition dates: February 7–June 16, 2014 

May 2–4, 2014
Dresdner Anatomie

A collaboration of the Stage and Costume Design Department 
with Dresden’s Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber and Leipzig’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater 
Galerie Brühlsche Terrasse and Güntzstraße 34, times TBA

May 8, 2014
7 pm 

Art Therapy Program 
Exhibition, Galerie Brühlsche Terrasse 
Until June 22, 2014

May 15, 2014
7 pm
Presentation project, Klassentausch

Motorenhalle, Wachsbleichstraße
Until May 31, 2014

June 12–13, 2014
“Die Geister, die ich rief …“

Lectures on the History of the Institution  
Aktsaal, Brühlsche Terrasse 1

June 20–22, 2014
Colloquium, Decoratia in Futura

Güntzstraße 34

July 11, 2014
Opening, Annual Exhibition

Güntzstraße 34 and Pfotenhauerstraße 81/83
Until Juli 20, 2014

July 18, 2014
7 pm, opening, final project exhibition

Oktogon, Senatssaal and select studios
Until August 31, 2014

July 19, 2014
6 pm, summer party and costume show

Güntzstraße 34

October 23, 2014
7 pm opening, exhibition “Ordnungen in Bewegung“

Oktogon, Grünes Gewölbe, Albertinum
Until January 18, 2015

November 26–28
Conference, Anatomische Sammlung

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden

January 16–17, 2015
Curiosity 2.0
International conference on cabinets of curiosity in contemporary art

This program will also include many other projects, including student exhibitions, dates TBA. // Mehr zum Programm

Andrea Weippert
Managing Director Jubilee 2014
Press Officer 
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden
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