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Abel Auer

Abel Auer, Guest professor for introduction to artistic working methods (painting)

Abel Auer ist in München geboren und in Stuttgart aufgewachsen, und war nach seiner dortigen Schulzeit in Hamburg als Künstler / Maler aktiv, hier hat er die Künstlergruppe Akademie Isotrop mitbegründet und an der HFBK bei Werner Büttner und Hans-Joachim Lenger studiert. Neben seinem malerischen Werk, das durch eine Hinwendung zu Folk Art, “Counter Culture“ (60ties , Punk etc.) und der frühen Moderne (Symbolismus) als eine Kritik an der modernen Kunstgeschichtserzählung des 20. Jahrhunderts verstanden werden kann, hat er viel mit anderen Künstlern zusammengearbeitet und im Selbstorganisierten versucht, Räume zu schaffen, in denen Künstler jenseits von Kuratoren, Galeristen, Theoretikern und anderen „Experten“ eine eigene Hegemonie über den Kunstgegenstand behaupten können.

Neben zahlreichen internationalen Ausstellungen seiner Bilder, hauptsächlich in England und Belgien, wo er auch zwischen 2006-14 gewohnt hat, schreibt Abel Auer auch über Kunst und Musik in Katalogen und Onlinepublikationen, macht Plattencover und gelegentlich Musikvideos und ist hin und wieder als Kurator tätig.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

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.