The Albertinum in Dresden

The Visual Arts in Germany

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.


documenta visitors stands in a long line in front of the Fridericianum musuem in Kassel, Germany, September 15, 2012.

Alongside Venice’s Biennale, the documenta of Kassel is seen as the most important, regularly occurring exhibition for modern and contemporary art in the world. The exhibition took place for the first time in 1955 thanks to the efforts of the artist and designer Arnold Bode. It has been staged first every four and now every five years since that time. Since the fifth documenta (1972), a new artistic director has been named for each documenta exhibition. The next documenta, documenta 14, takes place from June to September, 2017.

documenta 14

Lost Art Internet Database

Koordinierungsstelle searches for stolen art

The Lost Art Database is run by the Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg, Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural property. It was set up jointly by the Government and the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany and registers cultural objects which as a result of persecution under the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War were relocated, moved or seized, especially from Jewish owners.

Lost Art Internet Database


Art Cologne

ART COLOGNE is the world's oldest art fair for modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. Today's fair annually invites approximately 200 international galleries to showcase painting, sculpture, photography, prints, multiples, installations, performance and moving image art in the city of Cologne, cultural center of the Rhineland region and beyond. The origins of today's ART COLOGNE go back to the year 1967, when Cologne-based gallerists Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner initiated the first Kunstmarkt Köln.


Your Guide to the Visual Arts in Germany: the Goethe-Institut

Grünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts

The Goethe-Institut's online portal is your resource for navigating the rich visual arts landscape in Germany. In addition to annotated link lists on the visual arts with special sections devoted to photography and media art, you will find an online magazine, curators' section, art calendar, guide to artists' houses in Germany, and much more!

Visual Arts @ the Goethe-Institut

Berlin Akademie der Künste

Akademie der Kuenste Pariser Platz Mitte Berlin

The Berlin Akademie der Künste, founded in 1696, is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists with a current total of 400 members. The Akademie is an exhibition and event location and a meeting place for artists and people interested in the arts, where public debates on art and cultural policy take place.

Berlin Akademie der Künste

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Located in the capital city of Berlin, it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Your are leaving the mobile version of the German Mission website.