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Werner Büttner

Werner Büttner, Professor of painting

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Werner Büttner has been a professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg since 1989. Born in 1954 in Jena, he left the GDR along with his parents in 1961, shortly before the building of the Wall, and settled in Munich. He moved to Berlin in 1968, and studied jurisprudence there from 1973 to 1977. He was the co-founder of a number of humorously named organizations, such as the Dum-Dum-Liga-Journal. In 1976, he and Albert Oehlen founded the Liga zur Bekämpfung des widersprüchlichen Verhaltens (the League Against Contradictory Behaviour). In 1979, Büttner took part in the Elend (Misery) group exhibition, organised by Martin Kippenberger in Berlin. In 1980, he, Albert Oehlen and Georg Herold opened a sperm bank for refugees from the GDR and founded the Kirche der Ununterschiedlichkeit (the Church of Non-Differentiation) with Albert and Markus Oehlen in 1981. In the same year, he held his first solo exhibition in the Galerie Max Hetzler in Stuttgart.

In the 1980s, Werner Büttner, along with Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger, was considered one of the so-called Neue Wilden or Junge Wilden painters. This group rejected conceptual art and agitated for the return of painting.

Büttner wrote for the music magazine Sounds and appeared at the 1982 group exhibition Zeitgeist. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, his artworks, like those of the other Neue Wilden, traded at high prices on the art market. In 1984, Werner Büttner was one of 64 artists featured in the art exhibition Von hier aus – Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

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 were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

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?