Visual Arts & Design
From Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer and 19th-century romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich to the expressionists of the early 20th century and the multi-faceted approach to the arts initiated by the legendary Bauhaus, Germany has an extraordinarily rich artistic tradition.
Contemporary German artists, photographers, and designers have continued to help redefine what is considered avant-garde internationally. Meanwhile, the large concentrations of German and international artists who reside in art cities such as Berlin, Cologne, and Munich have made these cities attractive locations for art and design fairs, boutique shops, galleries, and exhibition spaces.
Visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC have something special to look forward to during spring 2013: an exhibition of 118 works on paper by the most famous German artist, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), from the collection of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.
An exhibition on German art at the Louvre, “De l’Allemagne 1800-1939: German Thought and Painting, from Friedrich to Beckmann,” is presenting Germany through a new lens and contributing to the Franco-German friendship symbolized by the Élysée Treaty.
De l'Allemagne, 1800-1939
The Dresden State Art Collections, whose museums showcase treasures collected by the Saxon electors as well as world-class Old Master paintings and contemporary artworks, are sparkling once again. The historic treasure room of the Green Vault reopened in 2006, the Albertinum and Turkish Chamber, in 2010.
Never before have there been so many private collectors making extensive acquisitions of contemporary art. They are highly sought after and receive wide media coverage and international attention. Are they the real key figures of a global art business?
Private Art Collections
Creativity aplenty and more and more savvy – step by step Berlin is managing to establish itself as a fashion mecca. International trade fairs and fashion events complement and highlight the local talent, rejuvenating Berlin's reputation in the fashion world.
Fashion in Berlin
Photography training in postwar Germany has thrived on what turned out to be a fruitful rivalry between East and West. Then as now, photography training is still a traditional academic system of class-based tutelage, but it is branching out in diverse directions.
At first glance design museums seem to be a contradiction in terms, but the discipline of design is now over a hundred years old and boasts a rich history. The German design museum scene includes both public and privately-funded institutions as well as company museums.