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Vorderfront mit Eingang der weißensee kunsthochschule berlin
weißensee kunsthochschule berlin © Franziska Libuda

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

The founding in 1946 of today’s Berlin Weißensee School of Art goes back to the initiative of theBauhaus-Künstlern (Bauhaus artists).

The Berlin Weißensee School of Artwas founded in 1946 as the »art school of the North«.The foundation was a private initiative of artists and designers, who felt obliged to the ideas of the Bauhaus.The first director was the metal sculptor Otto Sticht (1901-1973).The art school was moved in 1935 into the administration building (which is today’s right-wing building) that after the second world war the Trump chocolate plant forcibly expropriated. In 1947 the art school received from SMAD, (Soviet Military Administration in Germany)the status of a College of Applied Arts, in which architecture and art were also taught. On thissubjectcombination, was put a lot of emphasis by the first teacherssince it was the principle of education in the previous Bauhaus.The entrance area has a wall frieze by Toni Mau and designed reliefs by Jürgen von Woyski. In the years 1988/89at the Berlin Art Academywas a strong student opposition to the undemocratic conditions in the GDR. Many of the posters, which were to be seen at the large demonstration for radical reforms in the GDR on 4thNovember 1989 on the Alexanderplatz square, were made by the students of the art college.

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