February 10, 2015

Rundgang 2015


Design: Irin Siriwathanagul. © Städelschule, 2015.

From 12 to 15 February the Städelschule Frankfurt will host its annual Rundgang. During this four-day period students from internationally acclaimed faculty members such as Monika Baer, Ben van Berkel, Johan Bettum, Peter Fischli, Douglas Gordon, Judith Hopf, Michael Krebber, Tobias Rehberger and Willem de Rooij, will open their studios to the public. Works will be shown on the two main campuses in Dürerstrasse and Daimlerstrasse Frankfurt; the Curatorial & Critical Studies programme will conduct a wide variety of lectures and interviews at the school’s lecture hall; video artists and filmmakers show recent productions in the Deutsche Filmmuseum and the Architecture class exhibits in their classrooms. With more than 13.000 visitors last year and over 190 students presenting their work, the Rundgang has become one of Frankfurt’s most prominent art events.

The Städelschule was founded in 1817 and is amongst the foremost art academies in the world, offering degrees in fine art, architecture and curatorial critical studies. Its faculty, also including Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw and Philippe Pirotte, attracts a unique student body with over 70 percent of students from abroad. Furthermore, guest professors, external lecturers and visiting tutors have supported and developed a diverse range of teaching formats. Visiting faculty in 2014/15 includes Mark Von Schlegell and Hassan Khan. For the Architecture class: Mirco Becker, Peter Trummer and Christian Veddeler.

Since 1987, the exhibition programme of Portikus Gallery has been an integral part of Städelschule, adding to the school’s teaching syllabus and international reputation. Portikus has developed into a leading centre for contemporary art in Germany and beyond, with a rich history that features more than 190 exhibitions to date. During the Rundgang Portikus will host an exhibition by Venezuelan artist Meyer Vaisman, which will open on Friday, 13 February at 8pm.


Main events

Thursday, 12 February
Press welcome & preview
with Judith Hopf, Philippe Pirotte and Johan Bettum


Friday, 13 February
Judith Hopf & Kristine Siegel (PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin)
About circles, time and perspectives of the so called not-for-profit spaces and production methods in the fields of contemporary arts

Official opening & award ceremony, Rundgang 2015
Prize jury: Franziska Nori (Director, Kunstverein Frankfurt) & Peter Fischli
Master of Ceremony: Aislinn McNamara & Graziano Capitta

Exhibition opening
After a decade-long furlough from visual art during which he immersed himself in Jewish spirituality and grew increasingly disenchanted with figurative art, Venezuelan artist Meyer Vaisman presents a selection of abstract works at Portikus: prints on wood that should be categorized as paintings and whose expressive intensity recalls action painting; large-format paintings of the artist’s thumbprint that may be read as self-portraits; and text-based pieces.

Rundgang party
Daimlerstrasse 32, Frankfurt
with DJ Lil’Fokus, DJ Double Income No kids, DJ 1800 JimJoe, DJ Selecta and DJ Slyngshot
Admission: 5 euro


Saturday, 14 February
From noon
Lectures & interviews conducted by students of the Curatorial & Critical Studies
Guests: Flaka Haliti, Adela Demetja, Eveline Wüthrich and Peggy Buth

Luc Tuymans & Philippe Pirotte
About Meyer Vaisman

“ONE SLOTH SHORT OF A ZOO – flesh out of the ark-i’ve cave-i bark bark missing the mark”
Launch of Dysfyction II
Readings/performance/commerce by Mark von Schlegell´s Pure Fiction class
Emoo neigh-sayers welcome


Sunday, 16 February
Tobias Rehberger & Philippe Pirotte
Daimlerstrasse 32

From noon
Daimler Matinée: brunch, drinks & live music
IMBISS Gmbh, Daimlerstrasse 32

From 3pm
Lectures & interviews, conducted by students of Curatorial & Critical Studies
Guests: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (dancer/choreographer) and Fabian Schöneich (curator, Portikus)


T +49 0 69 605008 0 / [email protected]

Director: Philippe Pirotte
Artistic Coordinator: Jonas Leihener
More information here and here.


Rundgang is supported by Städelschule Portikus e.V., Ernst & Young GmbH, Hans und Stefan Bernbeck-Stiftung, Antje und Jürgen Conzelmann, Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, Linklaters LLP, Filigran Trägersysteme GmbH, PRE Real Estate Deutschland, Satis&Fy AG, Stylepark AG, Frankfurter Volksbank, Frankfurter Künstlerhilfe, Engel & Völkers Commercial.



Städelschule Frankfurt Rundgang 2015

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