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Annual Exhibition 2021

Exhibition: February 12-14, 2021

A large majority of the students will present their current works – many of them created under the influence of the pandemic in the past months – behind closed doors in their studio rooms. And you can join!

No trace of screen fatigue.
Many works were created expressly for virtual space. The formats range from project-specific websites, video screenings and online lectures to an web shop for photographs.

Sensual despite virtual. Through digital exhibition tours, streamed live performances, animated 3D models, and a telephone hotline, works become visible to the public via the HFBK website or their own Instagram accounts. In addition, works can be viewed pandemically in the fresh air and with sufficient distance.

Projects by class:
Prof. Raimund Bauer

Prof. Martin Boyce

Prof. Robert Bramkamp
Prof. Adam Broomberg & Prof. Oliver Chanarin

Prof. Angela Bulloch

Prof. Werner Büttner

Prof. Pepe Danquart

Prof. Simon Denny

Prof. Thomas Demand

Prof. Udo Engel

Prof. Jeanne Faust

Studio Experimentelles Design (Prof. Jesko Fezer)

Prof. Andrew Gilbert

Prof. Konstantin Grcic

Prof. Jutta Koether

Klasse Digitale Grafik (Prof. Christoph Knoth / Prof. Konrad Renner)

Prof. Glen Oliver Löw

Prof. Michaela Melián

Klasse Grafik (Prof. Ingo Offermanns)

Prof. Anselm Reyle

Prof. Angela Schanelec

Prof. Andreas Slominski

Studio Konzeptionelles Design (Prof. Ralph Sommer)

Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld

Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer

Prof. Jorinde Voigt

Zusätzliches Programm

Im Livestream:


  • Sarah Matthies, Spielgerät IV, Finkenau 42, Hof
  • Holztor vor der HFBK: Luzia Cruz, Weria Ebrahimi, Vicente Hirmas, Algirdas Jakas, Saray Purto Hoffmann, Konstantin Schrenck-Notzing
  • Die Klasse Büttner zeigt eine Ausstellung in dem Schaufenster des Projektraums Kanister (Rentzelstraße 36-40, 20146 Hamburg), Instagram: @kanister.raum
  • Lynne Pankow bei Paletti Naturwaren (Rutschbahn 5, 20146 Hamburg)

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

photo: Tim Albrecht

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?