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To celebrate its anniversary, the HFBK Hamburg has invited all its partners in the Art School Alliance (ASA) founded in 2010 to Hamburg to take part in joint workshops. As initiator of the ASA program, the HFBK, supported by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., has for many years promoted the intensive exchange of ideas between domestic and international art students, engaging numerous high-caliber art schools worldwide. Over an intensive four-day project phase, groups consisting of a professor and three students from the partner universities work jointly with an HFBK professor and his or her class to create a joint presentation. The Finkenau 42 building is transformed into a vibrant place of joint discussion, experimentation, and research, granting the public fascinating insights into diverse international art production.

Kitchen Guerilla

They will be supported during the week of celebrations by the two guest professors Koral and Onur Elci (Kitchen Guerilla), who will ensure that the various cultural and culinary backgrounds of the ASA guests can be both seen and tasted. All international guests have been requested in advance to bring with them a typical ingredient from their own nation, which, in the spirit of a refreshing »culture clash«, is creatively fused to provide the basis for dishes. Beforehand, they will – jointly with students of the Studio for Experimental Design of Prof. Jesko Fezer, the Basics class of Prof. Julia Lohmann and guests of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem – transform the grounds of the Finkenau 42 building into a festival garden appropriate to the various requirements of the cooking performance, creating a place for coming together daily to cook and eat, and for artistic/social activities.


  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston
    Professor: Megan McMillan, students: Serena August, Ariel Baez, Shannon VanGyzen
    In cooperation with Prof. Jeanne Faust and her students Verena Buttmann, Anne Linke u.a.
  • Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires
    Professor: Mariano Llinás, students: Valeria Fernández, Mariángela Martinez Restrepo, Eva Quetglas
    In cooperation with Prof. Angela Schanelec, Luise Donschen, Helena Wittmann and their students Karla Bauer et al.
  • School of the Art Institute, Chicago
    Professor: Tim Parsons, students: Joey Asal, Dylan Matthew Fish, Elaine Rubenoff
    In cooperation with Prof. Friedrich von Borries, Prof. Julia Lohmann and their students Svenja Bredehöft, Nick Craven, Vivien-Lea Misch et al.
  • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
    Professor: Jing Shijian, students: Zhen Zeng, Yihan Chen, Zhicheng Liu
    In cooperation with Prof. Anselm Reyle and his students Tizian Baldinger, Moritz Haas, Arne Mier et al.
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
    Professor: Liora Rosin, students: Iftach Gazit, Nitsan Shreiber Ravid, Rona Zinger
    In cooperation with Prof. Jesko Fezer and his students Felix Egle, Anna Petersen, Lisa Zander et al.
  • Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Professor: Michael Archer, students: Emmanuel Awuni, Rosie Dowd-Smyth, Violeta Paez Armando
    In cooperation with Prof. Thomas Demand and his students Olivia Brunnabend, Samantha Gora, Johannes Menzel, Emma Wilson et al.
  • California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
    Professor: Thomas Lawson, students: Ekta Aggarwal, Yair Agmon, Beth Fiodorek
    In cooperation with Prof. Matt Mullican and his students Clara-Maria Alisch, Laura Larraz, Elisa Schmitt, Kevin Westphal et al.
  • School of Art, Yale University, New Haven
    Professor: Sheila Levrant De Bretteville, students: Kenturah Davis, Ayham Ghraowi, Lucy Lindsey
    In cooperation with Prof. Heike Mutter and her students Anna Armann, Ivy May Müller, Szerafina Schiesser et al.
  • Bard College, New York
    Professor: Tom Keenan, students: Claire Debost, Nicola Koepnick, Alexis Parra
    In cooperation with Prof. Adam Broomberg, Prof. Oliver Chanarin and their students Florian Bräunlich, Shen Fan, Naama Salzberg et al.
  • School of Art + Design, Purchase College, New York
    Professor: Rob Swainston, students: Kelsey Brod, Nathalie Encarnacion, Kemar Hutchinson
    In cooperation with Prof. Jutta Koether and her students Jan Breuer, Lila-Zoé Krauß, Gesa Troch et al.
  • Department of Cultural Design, Kindai University, Osaka
    Professor: Tetsuya Goto, students: Ryouto Ikeda, Taichi Nishino, Natsuki Watanabe
  • Institute of Design, China Academy of Art, Shanghai
    Professor: Wu Xiaohua, students: Congcong Chen, Jiayu Li, Jichong Zhao
    In cooperation with Prof. Ingo Offermanns, Prof. Christoph Knoth, Prof. Konrad Renner and their students Natalie Andruszkiewicz, Leon Lechner, David Liebermann, Hanna Osen, Paul Rutrecht, Paul Voggenreiter et al.
  • École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris
    Professor: Götz Arndt, students: Gabriel Delatre, Tilhenn Klapper, Vincent Laval
    In cooperation with Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer and her students Thea Käszner, Isamu Marsden, Laura Sigrüner et al.
  • San Francisco Art Institute
    Professor: Maria Elena Gonzalez, students: Claire Bendiner, Luz Brown, Anastasia Rasshchupkina
    In cooperation with Prof. Michaela Melián and her students Bilge Aksac, Lorenz Goldstein, Jessica Herden, Doris Schödel et al.
  • Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
    Professor: Daniel Richter, students: Michele Schumacher, Matthias Franz, Elvin Brandhi

    In cooperation with Prof. Werner Büttner and his students Pascal Brinkmann, Timo Grimm, Lena Mai Merle et al.

Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V.

Conference: Counter-Monuments and Para-Monuments.

The international conference at HFBK Hamburg on December 2-4, 2021 – jointly conceived by Nora Sternfeld and Michaela Melián –, is dedicated to the history of artistic counter-monuments and forms of protest, discusses aesthetics of memory and historical manifestations in public space, and asks about para-monuments for the present.

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld


Who speaks? Who paints which motif? Who is shown, who is not? Questions of identity politics play an important role in art and thus also at the HFBK Hamburg. In the current issue, the university's own Lerchenfeld magazine highlights university structures as well as student initiatives that deal with diversity and identity.

Grafik: Tim Ballaschke

Start of semester

After three semesters of hybrid teaching under pandemic conditions, we are finally about to start another semester of presence. We welcome all new students and teachers at the HFBK Hamburg and cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21, which this year will be accompanied by a guest lecture by ruangrupa.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We would like to thank all visitors and participants.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

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.

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?