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Freundeskreis der HFBK

The Freundeskreis der Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg e.V. (»society of friends«, a registered association) has now been in existence for over 37 years. It has 16 members. The private sponsors support the students financially in realising their first large artistic projects. HFBK students can present their artistic plans to the society of friends at two meetings per year.


  • Nikolaus Broschek (chairman)
  • Dr. Michael Otto (deputy chairman)
  • Dr. Jürgen Bersuch (clerk)
  • Stephanie von Bismarck
  • Dr. Harald Falckenberg
  • Christoph von Jenisch
  • Konstantin Kleffel
  • Dr. Julie Klippgen
  • Birgit Kochen-Schmidt-Eych
  • Peter Labin
  • Dr. Claus Löwe
  • Dr. Arend Oetker
  • Philipp Schmitz-Morkramer
  • Nikolaus H. Schües
  • Karl-Dietrich Seikel
  • Dr. Hans Jochen Waitz (accountant)


Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

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?