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Dachau

In the south, Germany
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Focus on a dark history

We know Dachau for its dark past as the host of Bavaria’s first concentration camp during World War 2. That’s not Dachau’s only story; the town has a 1200 year old history. Once the seat of counts, then a mediaeval market town, summer residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty and since 1973, Dachau is the main municipality of the district. In the first half of the 19th century, landscape artists discovered the nearby moors as a subject for their paintings; their numbers increased and multiplied until Dachau became an artists’ colony.

These landscape paintings didn’t stay unnoticed. Far from Bavaria, Munich and its art academy, the unspoiled rural surroundings of Dachau were appreciated. Many people opened private painting schools. A small group of artists – Adolf Hölzel, Ludwig Dill and Arthur Langhammer – became known nationwide as “New Dachauers” after their Berlin exhibition in 1898. Their artistic ideas and theories led to the abstract painting of the 20th century.

As for Dachau’s dark history – this is never forgotten. Today, it’s the town’s prime commitment to preserve the memory of what happened in the camp. The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site provides the main centre for study and commemoration.

The main artists who lived and worked here:

Carl Spitzweg (*1808 – 1885)
Albert Gräfle (*1809 – 1889)
Adolf Lier (*1826 – 1882)
Antonio Montemezzo (*1841 – 1898)
Josua von Gietl (*1847 – 1922)
Max Liebermann (*1847 – 1935)
Ludwig Dill (*1848 – 1940)
Fritz von Uhde (*1848 – 1911)
Heinrich von Zügel (*1850 – 1941)
Adolf Hölzel (*1853 – 1934)
Arthur Langhammer (*1854 – 1901)
Otto Strützel (*1855 – 1930)
Henry Albrecht (*1857 – 1909)
Emilie Mediz-Pelikan (*1861 – 1908)
Fanny von Geiger Weishaupt (*1862 – 1931)
Hermann Stockmann (*1867 – 1938)
Hans von Hayek (*1869 – 1940)
Max Feldbauer (*1869 – 1948)
Karl Schröder-Tapiau (*1870 – 1945)
Paula Wimmer (*1876 – 1971)
Carl Felber (*1881 – 1932)
Hugo Troendle (*1882 – 1955)

Tourist-Office
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 1
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 75 286
infobuero@dachau.de
www.dachau.de/kultur-tourismus
Mayor
Florian Hartmann
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 2-6
85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 75 200
oberbuergermeister@dachau.de
Municipal Councellor of Culture
Tobias Schneider - Amt für Kultur, Tourismus und Zeitgeschichte
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 1
85221 Dachau
+49 (0)8131 / 75 151
kulturamt@dachau.de
Gemäldegalerie Dachau
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 3
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 56 75 0
info@dachauer-galerien-museen.de
www.dachauer-galerien-museen.de
Neue Galerie Dachau
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 20
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 56 75 0
info@dachauer-galerien-museen.de
www.dachauer-galerien-museen.de
Galerie der KVD (Künstlervereinigung Dachau)
Pfarrstraße 13
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 78 569
mail@kavaude.de
www.kavaude.de
Kulturtreffpunkt Dachauer Wasserturm
Hofgartenweg
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 35 02 93
info@dachauerwasserturm.de
www.dachauerwasserturm.de
Kleine Altstadt Galerie
Burgfriedenstr. 3
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31 / 66 85 23
info@kleinealtstadtgalerie.de
www.kleinealtstadtgalerie.de
Bezirksmuseum Dachau
Augsburger Str. 3
D-85221 Dachau
+49 (0)81 31/ 56 750
info@dachauer-galerien-museen.de
www.dachauer-galerien-museen.de