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Ralph Sommer

Ralph Sommer, Professor of Conceptual Design

Projects to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

Ralph Sommer has been a professor in the Design at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg since 1995.

1986 graduated in Sculpture
1985–91 Gruppe Pentagon (Arens, Laubersheimer, Müller, Voggenreiter, Sommer)
1986wohnen von sinnen, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
1987 documenta 8, Cafe Casino
1988Design Heute Architektur Museum Frankfurt,Weeling Projekts Zeus Milan,Griff in den Staub Cologne
1989 Pentagon Casino Frankfurt, “Art u. Design” Salzburg
1991 the founding of ag4 (Kronhagel: architect, Singer: director, Sommer: designer):ag4 working group 4-dimensional construction, time as the fourth dimension
The group develops a new design discipline and uses the termmediatecture for the first time.
1991–98 projects for Sony, Adidas, BMW, Hoechst and others
2000 Projects for Expo Hannover, DB, DSGV, Rotes Kreuz, Aventis, Festo, BMW
2003 Sustainability Summit in Johannesburg for BMW
2004 Withdrawal from active business activities

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 will be answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. Due to Corona, only online!

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.

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.