- Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) has provided a practice-oriented complement to the scholarly investigation of the arts carried out at Danish universities for more than 250 years, playing a crucial part in the development of the distinctive tradition 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. A 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.
In 1814 the name was changed again, this time to 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 the oldest and most renowned place of higher learning in Denmark where art and research within the theoretical and technological areas are bound together. It is significantly larger and better funded than the Jutland Art Academy and Funen Art Academy, which offer similar programs.
The main objective is to teach and conduct research within the creative arts (painting, sculpting, architecture, graphics, photography, video, etc.) and in the theoretical and cultural historical disciplines.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is under the administration of the Danish Ministry of Culture.
- Kunstakademis Billedkunstskoler, The School of Visual Arts
- Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, The School of Architecture
- Kunstakademiets Konservatorskole, The School of Conservation
- Det Kongelige Akademi for de Skønne Kunster
- C. F. Hansen Medal
- Thorvaldsen Medal
- Eckersberg Medal
- Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal
- N. L. Høyen Medal
Notable alumni and faculty
The School of Visual Arts
The School of Architecture
- Jan Gehl
- Knud Holscher
- Bjarke Ingels
- Arne Jacobsen
- Finn Juhl
- Kaare Klint
- Henning Larsen
- Alex Popov
- Steen Eiler Rasmussen
- Verner Panton
- Johann Otto von Spreckelsen
- Magnus Steendorff
- Lene Tranberg
- Jørn Utzon
List of directors of the Royal Academy Schools
From To Director 1751 1754 Nicolai Eigtved 1754 1771 Jacques-François-Joseph Saly 1771 1772 Carl Gustaf Pilo 1772 1777 Johannes Wiedewelt 1777 1779 Caspar Frederik Harsdorff 1780 1789 Johannes Wiedewelt 1789 1791 Nicolai Abildgaard 1791 1792 Andreas Weidenhaupt 1793 1795 Johannes Wiedewelt 1796 1797 Jens Juel 1797 1799 Peter Meyn 1799 1801 Jens Juel 1801 1809 Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard 1809 1810 Christian August Lorentzen 1811 1818 Christian Frederik Hansen 1818 1821 Nicolai Dajon 1821 1827 Christian Frederik Hansen 1827 1829 Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg 1830 1833 Christian Frederik Hansen 1833 1844 Bertel Thorvaldsen 1844 1849 Jørgen Hansen Koch 1850 1853 Herman Wilhelm Bissen 1854 1857 Wilhelm Marstrand 1857 1863 Jens Adolf Jerichau 1863 1873 Wilhelm Marstrand 1873 1890 Ferdinand Meldahl 1890 1892 Otto Bache 1893 1896 Theobald Stein 1896 1899 Otto Bache 1899 1902 Ferdinand Meldahl 1902 1905 Vilhelm Bissen 1905 1806 Otto Bache 1906 1908 Vilhelm Bissen 1908 1911 Martin Nyrop 1911 1914 Viggo Johansen 1914 1917 Carl Aarsleff 1917 1920 Hermann Baagøe Storck 1920 1825 Joakim Skovgaard 1925 1925 Anton Rosen 1925 1928 Einar Utzon-Frank 1828 1831 Poul Holsøe 1931 1934 Aksel Jørgensen 1934 1937 Einar Utzon-Frank 1937 1940 Poul Holsøe 1940 1943 Sigurd Wandel 1843 1846 Johannes Bjerg 1946 1949 Edvard Thomsen 1949 1952 Kræsten Iversen 1952 1965 ? 1965 1974 Tobias Faber 1974 Individual directors for the schools
- Architecture of Denmark
- Arne Ranslet
- Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi
- Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole
- Det Jyske Kunstakademi
- Det Fynske Kunstakademi
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