Have reverence for the past and the courage to freshly dare the new. Remain true to yourself and true to those you love“
Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig
The Darmstadt Artists’ Colony
In 1899, the art-loving Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig founded an artists' colony on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt to promote the arts and crafts of Hesse. During its existence, 23 artists belonged to the colony. On the occasion of four exhibitions, a series of pioneering buildings with their interiors, ranging from furniture to tableware, were created until 1914. These buildings were embedded in a park with sculptures, fountains and garden pavilions. In these houses and gardens, the artists created accessible living environments as aesthetic total works of art.
Here you can find the most important facts about the history of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony.
The building ensemble on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt in Germany embodies, like no other, the development of modern architecture and landscape design