In the middle of the 19th century the Duesseldorf Arts Academy developed under the direction of Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow into an institution of international standing. It was associated with the Duesseldorf School of Painting, which developed an outstanding international reputation especially in landscape painting.
During the same period the demand for picture frames and framing grew, so in 1854 Friedrich G. Conzen founded the picture frame and mirror factory Conzen, which still produces picture frames today. For over 160 years CONZEN has been working as an art service provider for numerous museums, galleries, art dealers and artists, but of course also for private customers.
While at the beginning of the last century artists such as August Macke, Bruno Goller and Max Clarenbach were among the customers, since the end the 20th century it are especially photo artists such as Thomas Struth, Laurenz Berges and Axel Hütte, who is currently presented in an extensive exhibition, his works mostly framed by CONZEN, in the museum Kunstpalast.
Numerous new developments in the field of framing come about through the close collaboration with young artists, which is often started while they are still students at the academy. For example, internationally renowned young painters such as Max Frintrop, Chris Succo and Christoph Knecht, as well as photographers such as Anna Vogel and Moritz Wegwerth, are among the CONZEN clientele.
CONZEN produces in an open frame manufactory located in the Duesseldorf city district of Flingern, where customers and guests can watch the craftsmen at work.