When the German Forum for Art History was established in Paris in 1997/2006, a long-standing commitment to art history research was established, and the institutional framework for the academic analysis of French art and its worldwide reception was created. It was established in order to focus on German-speaking research in French art history, as well as promoting the interest of the French humanities in art
in Germany and German-language art history. Today the German Center
for Art History has developed into a place of lively professional
exchange and international debate.

German Forum for Art History Paris

Hôtel Lully
45, rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris
Tel. +33 142 606 782
Fax +33 142 606 783


The German Forum for Art History in Paris was founded in 1997, to give German research on France and French research on Germany an institutional framework and to promote young international art historians. Following a positive evaluation by the Academic Council the Forum was incorporated into the Max Weber Foundation on 1 July 2006. The DFK is located close by French colleagues at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art and the old Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

The Forum grants annual scholarships on selected themes. Further long-term research projects are carried out through the DFK, such as the study of German-French art relations since 1800.

Founded: 1997

Positions: 35 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of Research:
German and French art, Art Theory and Aesthetics, German-French Art Relations in the International Context

Library: approx. 80,000 media items and 193 subscribed periodicals.

The library of the German Forum for Art History is a partner to the libraries of the art history institutes (which are independent of the German universities) and which form “kubikat” (www.kubikat.org), a catalogue project (Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München, Bibliotheca Hertziana Rom) and is also a member of the BibliotheksVerbund Bayern (BVB – Bavarian Association of Libraries).

Promotion of Young Academics:
Thematically oriented one-year scholarships for PhD students, research grants, student scholarships, internships, study courses, excursions, French courses for art historians, Spring and Summer Academies

- Passagen/Passages
- Passerelles (German/French)
- monographs
- cooperation projects
- co-editor of the periodical Historie de l‘Art

Online Publications:
- Passages Online
- co-editor of the online periodical Regards Croisés
- co-editor of RIHA Journal
- Partner of Trivium

Ateliers de Lecture, workshops, international conferences and colloquiums, public lectures

Academic Advisory Council