Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering - Arkitektskolen
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Type Public university
Rector Sanne Kofod Olsen
Students2000 (2015)
Website Schools of Visual Arts of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish : Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided education in the arts for more than 250 years, playing its part in the development of the art of Denmark.



The Royal Danish Academy of Portraiture, Sculpture, and Architecture in Copenhagen was inaugurated on 31 March 1754, and given as a gift to the King Frederik V on his 31st birthday.

Its name was changed to the Royal Danish Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1771. At the same event, Johann Friedrich Struensee introduced a new scheme in the academy to encourage artisan apprentices to take supplementary classes in drawing so as to develop the notion of "good taste". The building boom resulting from the Great Fire of 1795 greatly profited from this initiative. [1]

In 1814 the name was changed again, this time to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. It is still situated in its original building, the Charlottenborg Palace, located on the Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. The School of Architecture has been situated in former naval buildings on Holmen since 1996.

The academy is larger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy, which offer similar programs.

It teaches and conducts research on the subjects of painting, sculpting, architecture, graphics, photography, and video and in the history of those subjects.

The academy is under the administration of the Danish Ministry of Culture.

The Academy’s School of Architecture offers education in the fields of architectural design and restoration, urban and landscape planning and industrial, graphic and furniture design. The school has nine study departments, four research institutes and six affiliated research centres. The undergraduate course, leading to the Bachelor of Architecture diploma, lasts three years while the Master of Arts in Architecture is a two-year graduate course. Notable Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, a major influence behind the Architectural Functionalism, studied at the Academy, as did Bjarke Ingels, the rising star in the world of architecture and design. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named Ingels the Innovator of the Year for architecture.



Notable alumni and faculty

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Architecture

Directors of the Royal Academy schools

17541754 Nicolai Eigtved
17541771 Jacques-François-Joseph Saly
17711772 Carl Gustaf Pilo
17721777 Johannes Wiedewelt
17771779 Caspar Frederik Harsdorff
17801789 Johannes Wiedewelt
17891791 Nicolai Abildgaard
17911792 Andreas Weidenhaupt
17931795 Johannes Wiedewelt
17961797 Jens Juel
17971799 Peter Meyn
17991801 Jens Juel
18011809 Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard
18091810 Christian August Lorentzen
18111818 Christian Frederik Hansen
18181821 Nicolai Dajon
18211827 Christian Frederik Hansen
18271829 Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg
18301833 Christian Frederik Hansen
18331844 Bertel Thorvaldsen
18441849 Jørgen Hansen Koch
18501853 Herman Wilhelm Bissen
18541857 Wilhelm Marstrand
18571863 Jens Adolf Jerichau
18631873 Wilhelm Marstrand
18731890 Ferdinand Meldahl
18901892 Otto Bache
18931896 Theobald Stein
18961899 Otto Bache
18991902 Ferdinand Meldahl
19021905 Vilhelm Bissen
19051906 Otto Bache
19061908 Vilhelm Bissen
19081911 Martin Nyrop
19111914 Viggo Johansen
19141917 Carl Aarsleff
19171920 Hermann Baagøe Storck
19201825 Joakim Skovgaard
19251925 Anton Rosen
19251928 Einar Utzon-Frank
19281931 Poul Holsøe
19311934 Aksel Jørgensen
19341937 Einar Utzon-Frank
19371940 Poul Holsøe
19401943 Sigurd Wandel
19431946 Johannes Bjerg
19461949 Edvard Thomsen
19491952 Kræsten Iversen
19521955 Johannes Bjerg
19551956 Svend Møller
19561965 Palle Suenson
19651974 Tobias Faber
1974Individual directors for the schools

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Højbro Plads". Golden Days. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  2. "Nina Saemundsson" (PDF). Reykjavík Art Museum. 2008. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  3. "Denmark". Directory of Open Access Repositories . UK: University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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