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HFBK Gallery

Lerchenfeld 2
(2nd floor)
22081 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 42 89 89-0

The HFBK has run a university gallery since 2004, with the support of the Karl H. Ditze Foundation. The concept for this experimental exhibition space is based on the idea of creating our own forum for curatorial and artistic exhibition practice while at the same time showing work to a large audience.

The University is primarily a place of education, where prospective artists can develop their own profile in collaboration with teachers without being systematically confronted with the everyday business of the exhibitions while doing so. However, for professional artists it is increasingly important to gain insights into the concepts and development process of art mediation.

Thanks to the gallery, the range of subjects on offer has been expanded to include »Exhibition Practice«. This makes it possible to engage with external discourse and maintain a presence as an exhibiting institution, as well as offering regular diploma and annual exhibitions.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

New articles at rhizome.hfbk.net

rhizome.hfbk.net is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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.

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.

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?