Internationaler Kunstkritikerverband, Sektion der BRD

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The German section of AICA was founded in 1951, the first president was Franz Roh who turned over his seat to Will Grohmann in 1958. They were followed by Werner Schmalenbach, Karl Ruhrberg, Horst Richter, Walter Vitt, Thomas Wulffen and currently Marie Luise Syring.

The German AICA is part of the international association which currently maintains more than 4,200 members of national sections in 62 countries. 199 art critics belong to the German section. One is voted into membership. A two-thirds majority at the annual general meeting is necessary to become a new member. These meetings are held in the autumn, for the most part in Cologne. A valid international press pass allows the AICA critic entrance to most museums throughout the world.

It is the intent of the organization to foster art criticism in its influence, to protect the professional interests of colleagues and to make international art exchange easier. In its talks with colleges, academies and the ministries of sciences, the association is currently striving to create a training-oriented education for art critics, but at the very least to increase the number of offers for special teaching posts in art criticism.

Since 1993, Walter Vitt has been editing the series »Writings on Art Criticism« for AICA. Under Publications you will find a list of the volumes in print with tips for ordering. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German AICA, Walter Vitt has issued a commemorative publication with the title, "On the Art of Writing about Art" (Vom Kunststück, über Kunst zu Schreiben). The volume can be obtained from bookstores as well as through the German AICA (

All work for the section is voluntary. The critic's association is involved in the German Art Council. Every year the AICA chooses the "Museum of the Year". In a jury made up of all members, the AICA proclaims the »Exhibition of the Year«, while an individual juror decides on the »Special Exhibition«. At irregular intervals, the association organizes symposia on the topics of art criticism as well as art. Its members can participate at the international AICA congress, given they have been accepted into the international association.The next congress of the International AICA will be organized in Kosice and Bratislava in Slovenia in September 24 - 27, 2013.




Internationaler Kunstkritikerverband (AICA)
Deutsche Sektion 

Wildenbruchstr. 119

40545 Düsseldorf


Phone: 0221- 58 91 64

Email: info(at)


Ordering of books:

President: Marie Luise Syring, Düsseldorf
General Secretary:Ludwig Seyfarth, Berlin

Bernhard Schulz, Berlin and Dr. Danièle Perrier, Koblenz


Honorary Members: Horst Richter, Walter Vitt

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