Home to the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, Mathildenhöhe was founded in 1899 by Ernest Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse with the aim of radically reforming the arts in his region. Art Nouveau artists Peter Behrens, Paul Bürck, Rudolf Bosselt, Hans Christiansen, Ludwig Habich, Patriz Huber and Joseph Maria Olbrich were invited to live and work in the colony, with their work financed by wealthy patrons.
Mathildenhöhe has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its role in the development of architectural Modernism. Its buildings, sculptural works and gardens provide a unique ensemble reflecting the experimental creativ-ity spanning the years 1901 to 1914 ...
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