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The academy today

Around 2500 years ago in Athens the Greek philosopher Plato created the original model of the ‘academy’ with his school of philosophy: a sheltered secluded environment close to the name-giving Akademeia grove dedicated to free thinking, unfettered by any dogmas. This description applies to Nuremberg not only in respect of the unique academy grounds, but also and more importantly, to a key aspect of our fundamental self-conception: as an academy, and especially as the first art academy to be founded in the German-speaking world in 1662, we are committed to this original historical concept of the ‘academy’ institution. We regard our academy as a ‘safe zone’ of the (im)possible, a place of free creative experimentation, in which students can develop their own personal artistic leanings during the study process.


The academy as ‘enabler’

The art academy in Nuremberg provides a creative hands-on space in which apparent self-evidences can be sounded out and uncertainties turned into creative products. Within our liberal range of studies, we seek to enable a wide spectrum of forms and manifestations of contemporary artistic practice, while positioning them in the relevant social and historical-critical context. For our understanding of the academy also includes an engagement with ‘the’ history and theory of art, true to the spirit of a famous maxim, once coined by an artist of a vehemently non-academic character, around 150 years ago: “To know in order to do” (Gustave Courbet). The individual classes in particular, provide those productive frameworks within which core study missions can be realised: to inquire and challenge, explore and – especially in view of the many studios and opportunities to exhibit – to experiment, debate openly and respectfully disagree, and of (self) empowerment and (self) enabling. Thus, regardless of whether students study fine or applied art or art education (ultimately our courses share more common than divisive aspects), the academy lets them develop a personal artistic stance, while also crystallising their individual character. This process entails constant questioning of their position in relation to the present, and an appreciation of their role as part of a fundamentally internationalised field of work, the diversity of which unlocks wider horizons of creative activity for their own art practice.


Reflected freedom

By nature, the academy provides creative space which must be accessible, nurtured and shaped, yet also critically examined. However, it cannot be ignored that as a result of ‘democratising the values of creativity and freedom’, artists have long ago ceased to be exceptional in character through self-realisation and an independent existence (Luc Boltanski/Ève Chiapello). ‘Creativity’ is no longer deemed a ‘unique characteristic’ of artists, the ‘creativity imperative (Andreas Reckwitz) is meanwhile also directed at neoliberal workforce mobilisation and absorption. Consequently, the academy is also a place of creative-practical debate and theoretical reflection. They not only address the once grand ‘art’ emancipation project dominated by the driving forces of the Modern artists, but also and further, the influences between this artistic potential and its social reality.


Permanent re-vision

If we still regard art as a fundamental social force, then we must keep on resounding, reappraising and unlocking its potentials – in critical reflection and creative practice. The question of art’s position in contemporary society is undoubtedly also an aspect; and in this light an art academy must constantly review its social situatedness and remit in practical terms, according to the present circumstances. Permanent re-vision thus also always poses the question of how the ‘academy’ today or ‘today’s academy’ conceives itself and how we together aim to shape study and academy life. Posing such questions in a wide variety of media, discussing them and achieving a clearer focus is our core remit at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg as safe zone of the (im)possible.

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Phone: +49 911 9404 0

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Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg
Bingstraße 60
90480 Nürnberg 

Telefon: + 49-911-94 04-0
Telefax: + 49-911-94 04-150

E-Mail: info(at)

Die Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg ist eine Körperschaft des Öffentlichen Rechts und staatliche Einrichtung (Art. 11 Abs. 1 BayHSchG).
Sie wird durch den Präsidenten Prof. Holger Felten gesetzlich vertreten.


Zuständige Aufsichtsbehörde
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst 
Salvatorstraße 2
80333 München


Inhaltlich Verantwortlicher gemäß § 6 MDStV
Prof. Holger Felten


Konzept &  Gestaltung
Felix Neumann
Rory Witt
(Klasse Felten / Girst,
Grafik-Design / Visuelle Kommunikation)

Andreas Faust


Petra Meyer (Hochschulkommunikation)

Anna-Lena Rößner (Hochschulkommunikation)



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Data Protection Declaration


This data protection declaration covers the processing of personal data on this website, includ-ing the services offered there as well as our social media channels and to the extent that no special information is provided.

For more information on the processing of your data, please use the contact details given be-low.



A.    General information


Contact details of the controller
The controller, i.e. the organisation responsible for data processing as defined in data protection legislation, especially the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is the:


Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg
Bingstraße 60
90480 Nürnberg 
Telephone: + 49-911-94 04-0
Fax: + 49-911-94 04-150
Email: info(at)


The Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg is an organisation under public law and a state institution (article 11 (1) of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG)). It is represented by the president, Prof. Holger Felten.


Contact details of the Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Officer of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg
Bingstraße 60
90480 Nürnberg     
E-Mail: datenschutz ( @ )


Purpose of and legal basis for the processing of personal data
The purpose of our data processing is to perform public services delegated to us by law, espe-cially those tasks of public information.
The legal basis for processing your personal data, unless indicated otherwise, is article 4 (1) of the Bavarian Data Protection Act (BayDSG) in combination with Article 6 (1) point e) of the Gen-eral Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Pursuant to this legislation, we are authorised to pro-cess data required for us to fulfil our responsibilities.
Where you have given consent for your data to be processed, processing is covered by article 6 (1) point a) of the GDPR.


Recipients of personal data
Technical operation of our data processing systems is conducted by 

domainfactory GmbH
Oskar-Messter-Str. 33
85737 Ismaning
Telephone: +49 89 998 288 026
Fax: +49 89 55 266 222

If necessary, your data is forwarded to the respective authorities responsible for supervision and auditing so that they can fulfil their duties. 

To prevent risks to the security of information technology, data may be forwarded to the Landesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (Bavarian state office for security in infor-mation technology) and processed there on the basis of section 12 of the Bavarian act to pro-mote electronic government (BayEGovG). 


Storage period for personal data 
Your data is only stored as long as it is necessary to complete relevant tasks whilst observing legal retention requirements. 



B.    Rights of the data subject


General regulations
Pursuant to article 15 of the GDPR, you, the data subject, are entitled to the following rights concerning the processing of your data:
•    You can ask for information about whether data concerning you is being processed. If this is the case, you are entitled to information about which data is processed and other infor-mation relating to the processing (article 15 of the GDPR). Please note that this right to in-formation can be restricted or excluded in certain cases (see in particular article 10 of the BayDSG).
•    If the personal data concerning you is/has become inaccurate or incomplete, you can re-quest that this data is rectified and/or completed (article 16 of the GDPR).
•    If the legal requirements are met, you can request that your personal data be deleted (arti-cle 17 of the GDPR) or processing of your data be restricted (article 18 of the GDPR). The right to deletion pursuant to article 17 (1) and (2) of the GDPR does not apply, however, if the processing of personal data is vital for the performance of a task that is in the public in-terest or is performed in the exercise of official authority (article 17 (3) point b) of the GDPR).
•    If you have consented to data processing or there is a contract concerning data processing and data is processed automatically, you may be entitled to data portability (article 20 of the GDPR).
•    You are entitled to file a complaint concerning the processing of your personal data with a supervisory authority as defined in article 51 of the GDPR. The pertinent supervisory author-ity for the Bavarian public service is the Bavarian Data Protection Commissioner, Wagmüller-straße 18, 80538 München.


Right to object
You may object to the processing of your personal data at any time due to reasons based on your personal circumstances (pursuant to article 21 of the GDPR). If the legal requirements are met, we will then not further process your personal data.



C.    Information about the website

Technical implementation

Our web server is operated by durch domainfactory GmbH. The personal data transmitted by you when you visit our website is therefore processed by

domainfactory GmbH
Oskar-Messter-Str. 33
85737 Ismaning
Telephone: +49 89 998 288 026
Fax: +49 89 55 266 222

on our behalf.


Creation of log files
By using this or other web pages, you transmit data to our web server through your internet browser. The following data is recorded during any open connection for communication be-tween your internet browser and our web server: 

•    IP address of the requesting computer

•    Date and time of access

•    Name and URL of the accessed file and data volume transmitted

•    Access status (file transmitted, not found etc.)

•    Identifying data of browser and operating system used (if transmitted by the browser ac-cessing the site)

•    The website from which our website is accessed (if transmitted by the browser accessing the site)

The data in this log file is processed as follows:

•    Log entries are continually and automatically analysed, with the purpose of recognising attacks on the server and being able to react accordingly.

•    In some instances, for example if an error or security breach is reported, a manual analy-sis is performed.
•    Log entries that are older than seven days are anonymised by shortening the IP address.
•    The anonymised logs are used for creating statistics on site access. The software used for this is operated locally.
The IP addresses contained in the log files are not combined with other data, so conclusions can be drawn about individual users.

This data is deleted once the connection is ended.


SSL encryption
We use state-of-the-art encryption processes (such as SSL) using HTTPS to protect your data while it is being transferred.


Active Components
We use active components such as JavaScript, Java-Applets or Active-X-Controls. You can adjust your browser settings to disable this function.

We do not set or use cookies. 



D.    Information on specific instances of data processing


Social Media
On our social media pages, we create content within the scope of our public relations activities and our freedom of research, teaching and art, and we see the contributions and interactions of the community there. We endeavour to inform our users according to the needs of our target audience and to engage in a dialogue with our target audience.


We will expose any content, contributions or enquiries that violate the rights of third parties or that constitute a criminal or regulatory offence by transmitting it to the responsible authority or the social media provider; we will also block or delete it.


The legal basis for data processing on our social media pages and elements is article 6 (1) point e) of the GDPR in connection with article 2 (6) of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG), article 3 of the BayHschG, article 4 (1) sentences 1 and 2 of the BayEGovG, section 5 (1) point 2) of the German Broadcast Media Act (TMG) and, if applicable, the contract between the respec-tive service provider pursuant to article 6 (1) point b) of the GDPR.


Social media posts and messages that you transmit to us in non-public form are checked at regu-lar intervals, as to whether storing these requests is still necessary for the purpose of dealing with possible follow-up questions. If it is no longer necessary to store them, their processing will be limited and they will still be stored in accordance with legal retention requirements and archiving regulations.


If you have publicly communicated with us via social media, you can decide yourself how long the data should remain public or ask us to delete it. We will then delete this data in accordance with archiving regulations within our area of responsibility. Should any copies of the data remain after deletion, their processing will be restricted and they will be stored in accordance with legal retention requirements and archiving regulations.


Additional data protection information on the service providers or services
Social media providers often create extensive profiles of their members and of those they are in contact with via tele-media services (for example by clicking a like button or accessing a web-site). These profiles are used for the purpose of selling advertisements, amongst other things. So if you use our services with these providers, they will know that there is a connection between you and us. As we are jointly responsible for some of this data processing, we provide further information on the processing by the social media providers.


You can limit the scope of data processing to some extent by adjusting your browser setting or installing browser add-ons. Useful information about this is available at (available only in German). The providers also offer individual settings to regulate advertising and tracking, for example. This may only be possible if you have an account with the respective provider. We have listed important information sources as well as terms of use for the most important ones here.


Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA, owned by: Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
•    Website:
•    Terms of use:
•    Data protection policy:
•    Cookie policy:
•    Possibilities to object:


Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland and Facebook, Inc. 1601 Wil-low Road Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
•    Website:
•    Terms of use:
•    Data protection policy:
•    Cookie policy:
•    Pages, Groups and Events Policies:
•    Information on page insights data:
•    Additional agreement on Page Insights:
•    Possibilities to object:


Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 AX07 Ire-land and Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street #900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA
•    Terms of service:
•    Data protection policy:
•    Cookies:


Google YouTube
Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland
•    Data protection policy for Google:
•    Google terms of use:
•    Google+ terms of use: (only available in German)
•    YouTube terms of use: (only available in German)
•    Possibilities to object:


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Your address and your order are forwarded to the distribution company MailChimp, a newsletter distribution platform operated by the US-American provider Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA for the purpose of processing your order. 
•    Website:
•    Data protection policy:


Double-opt-in procedure: Subscription to our newsletter always uses a so-called double-opt-in procedure: This means that you receive an email upon registration; this message asks you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary to prevent people from registering with other people's email addresses. Registrations for the newsletter are logged so that the registra-tion process can be documented in accordance with legal requirements. This includes storing the time of registration and time of confirmation as well as the IP address. Changes to the data stored with the distributor are also logged.

Possibility to object (opt out): You may cancel your subscription to our newsletter, i.e. revoke your consent or object to further receipt, at any time. A link for cancelling the subscription is provided at the end of each newsletter, or you can use any of the above-mentioned ways to contact us, preferably email.


Contact form
The data you enter is stored for the purpose of communicating with you individually. To do this we need a valid email address and your name. This serves the purpose of assigning and subse-quently answering your enquiry. Any further information is optional.


The basis for the processing of the personal data you enter in the obligatory fields is, if nothing else is specified, article 4 (1) of the Bavarian Data Protection Act (BayDSG) in combination with article 2 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) within the scope of the opening clause of article 6 (2)-(3) in combination with article 6 (1) point (1) point (e) of the GDPR. These provi-sions allow the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg to process the data necessary to com-plete its tasks as stated in the higher education act. Permission to process data can also be based on a legal duty of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg pursuant to article 6 (1) point 1 (c) of the GDPR in combination with duties resulting from the BayHSchG.


For our events, we process the data necessary for registration and organisation in accordance with article 6 (1) point e) of the GDPR. Data is deleted in accordance with legal retention peri-ods, i.e. after six years for business letters and after ten years for invoices, unless the data of the participants is required beyond these periods to be able to issue copies or confirmations.



E.    Amendments to our data protection declaration


We reserve the right to change our data protection declaration, to accommodate changes to legislation or changes in the services we provide, (e.g., if we introduce new services). The new data protection policy will then apply to your future visit to our website.

Do you have any questions?
If you have questions about data protection, please write us an email or contact the person re-sponsible for data protection in our organisation directly:


Data Protection Officer of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg
Bingstraße 60
90480 Nürnberg 
E-Mail: datenschutz ( @ )



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