University of the Arts Hague

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University of the Arts Hague

The Royal Academy of Art is an art academy in The Hague. Succeeding the Haagsche Teeken-Academie, the academy was founded on 29 September 1682, making it the oldest in the Netherlands. It has been training ground for a number of significant artists of the Hague School. And it was part of the art movement of Dutch Impressionism and was also in the immediate vicinity of the II. Golden Age of Dutch painting. However, in the 19th century the training for a long time was still strongly oriented towards the classic curriculum. At the end of the 19th century this academy had opened to Modernism, too.

Hague School and Modern Times

At the end of the 19th century witnessed the Hague art scene flourished, which was also very well known abroad as Hague School. Many well-known artists like Breitner, the brothers Maris (Jacob Maris and Matthijs Maris) and Bosboom were trained in the academy. In the first half of the 20th century the academy has played a pioneering role in the Netherlands, too.

Under Bauhaus- influence arose the new departments of

  • graphic design,
  • advertising,
  • photography,
  • design and
  • furniture design.

In that time the teachers of the avant-garde like Gerrit Kiljan (1881-1961), Paul Schuitema (1897-1973), Paul Citroen (1896-1983) and Cor Alon (1892-1967) dominated. The Academy expanded its curriculum as one of the first Dutch schools by teaching in the field of industrial design.

In 1938 a new building erected on the site of the old house. The design was by the architectural firm Plantenga, Buijs & Lürsen. In 2000 a general overhaul was carried out. For this project was the architect Van Mourik Vermeulen responsible – even the complex was enlarged.

In 1990 the Academy merged with the Royal Conservatory to the Hogeschool van Beeldende Kunsten, Muziek en Dans (Academy of Fine Arts, Music and Dance). At the same time a more intensive cooperation with the University of Leiden has begun. – In the Netherlands, the first formalized cooperation between a university and an art school was initiated. It allowed students to hear within one semester at two colleges — so at Leiden University and at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

The offer of mediation new technologies and new media has increased. Within the new students a new tendency to self organization and production of events is being more and more present. Among some of them we could highlight Katarina Juričić and Diego Diez