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HFBK Mensa

Lerchenfeld 2, Hamburg

Opening Hours Mon—Fri

Food serving 12.00—15.00 h
Coffee and snacks 9.00—18.00 h

back from summer break: September 6, 2020

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Here we call it the »Mensa«: the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg’s cafeteria is located in the basement of the main building at Lerchenfeld. In summer, there is direct access to the terrace, which has a view of the green area around the Eilbekkanal. Like all canteens in Hamburg public buildings, it is also open to people unconnected to the university.

Every day Monday–Friday between 12.00 and about 15.00, the Mensa at the HFBK Hamburg serves lunch dishes, with a new menu each day, and always with vegetarian and vegan options. Seasonal and regional ingredients are used, with no pre-processed meals or flavor enhancers. Seconds are also available – simply bring your plate to the counter and ask for more. Additionally, it sells hot drinks and sandwiches (i.e. sandwiches made with organic brown bread, including vegan alternatives), plus cakes and freshly squeezed fruit juices from 9.00—18.00 h.

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.