September 14, 2013

Graduation Show: say my name, say my name


Photo by Martin Kohout.

Participating artists:
Bianca Baldi, Khaled Barakeh, Zoe Barcza, Andreas Bülow Cosmus, Elisa Caldana, Clémentine Coupau, Zuzanna Czebatul, Elif Erkan, Christoph Esser, Genoveva Filipovic, Flaka Haliti, Daniel Hörl, Young Joo Lee, Vytautas Jurevicius, Jenny Kalliokulju, Anne Kaniut, Patrick Keaveney, Johanna Kintner, Martin Kohout, Tonio Kröner, Kristian Laudrup Hansen, Erik Lavesson, Jannis Marwitz, Melanie Matthieu, Seth Pick, Laura Schawelka, René Schohe, Sam Siwe, Young-in Son, Daniel Stempfer, Franziska von Stenglin, Jol Thomson and Moritz Uebele

From the classes of:
Douglas Gordon, Judith Hopf, Michael Krebber, Christa Näher, Tobias Rehberger, Willem de Rooij, Simon Starling and Tobias Rehberger.

For the fifth time, the graduates of the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule will exhibit their works at the MMK Zollamt of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. Thirty-three young artists are showing works in a wide range of media including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance. The title say my name, say my name plays with the themes of attention and self-aggrandizement. A reference to the song Say My Name by Destiny’s Child, it also addresses the process of self-empowerment and self-determined action.

“From the academy to the museum—this change of site seems to mark the transition from the art student to the artist. The exhibition say my name, say my name at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst half ironically, half desperately describes the situation: from now on the name has to be said. From now on the name becomes a claim. Yet, the situation isn’t as clear as it seems. When I started as a rector of the Städelschule I quickly realized that most students preferred to define themselves as young artists rather than students. The very naming of the practice makes clear: being in school already implies an exhibition practice.

An equally ambivalent situation occurs on an institutional level. The conditions of a school and an exhibition space are gravitating towards becoming similar: Museums behave more and more like academies and vice versa. While museums increasingly integrate education and research programs, art schools increasingly seek out exposure in terms of projects and exhibitions. Yet, crucial questions remain unanswered: How can one critically assess the particular tension between the condition of a ‘school’ and an ‘exhibition space’? Has it become necessary to develop new strategies of visibility that recalibrate the relation between the current pressure for transparency and publicity on the one hand, and the right to opacity on the other?”

—Nikolaus Hirsch

The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Director MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst; Prof. Nikolaus Hirsch, Rector Städelschule and Bernd Reiß, Curator MMK.

The annual prize for outstanding work will be awarded to a graduate student with the generous support of Städelschule Portikus e.V.

The exhibition is made possible with the kind support of Allen & Overy LLP and Städelschule Portikus e.V.

A fully illustrated softcover catalogueaccompanies the exhibition, edited and designed by PWR Studio (Rasmus Svensson & Hanna Nilsson)

For press images and information, please contact Christina Henneke, [email protected], T +49 (0) 69 212 37761

A cooperation between MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst and Städelschule

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste
Rector: Nikolaus Hirsch
Artistic Coordinator: Jonas Leihener

Dürerstrasse 10
60596 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 (0) 69 60500 80

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