The German Center for Art History (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, or DFK Paris) is an independent art history research institute. Located in the heart of Paris, an art-oriented cosmopolitan metropolis boasting major museums, archives, and research institutes, the DFK Paris is a forum for experts from around the world to exchange ideas, and its programming reflects this role.
Here French and German intellectual traditions engage in fruitful dialogue with currents of international thought, creating a starting point for innovative interdisciplinary research on the arts of both countries, viewed in a global context.
Every year, new annual themes are selected to echo current debates in the field. The resulting topics then provide a starting point from which an international group of grant recipients conducts research in the framework of a study program. The results of their research projects are then made available to a wider public through specialized symposia, academic conferences, and series published by the German Center for Art History.
The DFK Paris, like its partner institutes in Beirut, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington, belongs to the Max Weber Foundation—Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA), a public-law foundation under the authority of the German federal government. The DFK Paris is funded through this foundation by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).