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Executive Committee (Präsidium)

Members of the Präsidium

Prof. Martin Köttering studied cultural sciences and aesthetic praxis at the Universität Hildesheim and visual art in Bath, England. He worked as Jan Hoet’s assistant during documenta 9 and as director of the Städtischen Galerie in Nordhorn and director of the open-air kunstwegen museum project. Since 2002 he has been president of the HFBK Hamburg.

Prof. Ingo Offermanns has been elected vice president in June 2019 and is Professor of Graphic Art at the HFBK.

Prof. Dr. Bettina Uppenkamp is Professor of Theory of Art at the HFBK Hamburg since winter semester 2017/2018. Since June 2019, she is also vice president of the HFBK.

Dr. Anna Neubauer has been chancellor of the HFBK Hamburg since 2012.

Tasks assigned to the Präsidium

The Präsidium directs this institute of higher education. It also negotiates and concludes agreements on aims and achievements with the Wissenschaftsbehörde (scientific ministry). In structuring issues, it has the right to commit to initiatives and a right of proposal for the University council. The Präsidium is responsible for the development of structural and planning issues to arrive at a strategic orientation and for making decisions in areas of conflict. It appoints professors and authorizes rules of examination and study. The panel is also responsible for the (financial) control and reporting system of all areas of the University.

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.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.