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Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden

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The Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, often abbreviated HfBK Dresden or simply HfBK, is a vocational university of visual arts located in Dresden, Germany. The present institution is the product of a merger between the famous Dresden Art Academy, founded in 1764, the workplace and training ground of a number of influential European artists, and another well-established local art school, Hochschule für Werkkunst Dresden, after World War II.HistoryBuildingsOne of three buildings of today’s Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, the former Royal Academy of Arts, built in 1894, is located at a prominent position in town on Brühl's Terrace just next to the Frauenkirche. Since 1991, the building built by Constantin Lipsius on Brühl's Terrace between 1887 and 1894 – the glass dome of which is also known as Lemon Squeezer due to its form – has been heavily renovated and the parts that were destroyed during World War II were reconstructed. The studios for painting/graphic arts/sculpture/other artistic media, the graphic workshops, the rector's office and the exhibition rooms of the Academy, which house the annual graduation exhibitions of the graduates, are located on Brühl's Terrace.On the side of the building facing the Elbe, the names of Pheidias, Iktinos, Praxiteles, Polykleitos, Lysippos, Erwin von Steinbach, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Dürer are inscribed on the wall and on the other side the motto "DEM VATERLAND ZU ZIER UND EHR" - "For the Honour and Adornment of the Fatherland" - is inscribed.
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  • When we visited Dresden the first time, we were shocked by the state, this former beautiful building was in. Now almost 30 years later everting the academy of fine arts ist carefully restored. Don't....  more »
  • University of incredible beauty. This can be called a subjective taste, but it seems to me that the appearance of this complex, its architecture and some details of the building’s design will not...  more »
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  • Academy of Fine Arts Dresden or Hochschule für Bildende Künste. University of incredible beauty. This can be called a subjective taste, but it seems to me that the appearance of this complex, its architecture and some details of the building’s design will not leave anyone indifferent who knows a little about beautiful things. For the university it is very impressive and I am sincerely glad that such a historical building still brings not only aesthetic joy to the eye, but also practical benefits to society.
  • The building of Dresden Academy of Fine Arts is just amazing and the glass dome of the main building looks like a "Lemon Squeezer".
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