May 30, 2017

Annual student exhibition
Rundgang 2017


Städelschule Mensa, 2015. © Städelschule. Photo: Alvaro Valdecantos.

This year the Städelschule celebrates its 200-year anniversary. Founded in 1817, the school figures amongst the foremost art academies in the world, offering degrees in fine art, architecture and curatorial & critical studies.

From the first to fifth of June 2017, the Städelschule Frankfurt will host its annual Rundgang, or student exhibition. During this five-day event, students from the classes of internationally acclaimed faculty members such as Monika Baer, Johan Bettum, Peter Fischli, Douglas Gordon, Judith Hopf, Tobias Rehberger, Willem de Rooij, Amy Sillman, Haegue Yang, and deputy professor Josef Strau, will open their studios to the public. Works will be shown on the two main campuses in Dürerstraße and Daimlerstraße, Frankfurt; the Curatorial Studies program conduct a series of talks with artists and curators at the school's lecture hall; video artists and filmmakers show recent productions in the Deutsche Filmmuseum and the Architecture Class students exhibit in their studios. With over 190 students in total presenting their work, the Rundgang has become one of Frankfurt’s most prominent art events.

The Städelschule 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, lecturers, and visiting tutors have supported and developed a diverse range of teaching formats. Visiting faculty in 2016/17 includes guest professors Mark von Schlegell, Laure Prouvost and Ed Atkins. Lecturers included Luc Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Elysia Crampton, Keren Cytter, Sylvia Lavin, Jumana Manna, Farshid Moussavi, Albert Oehlen, Josephine Pryde, Theodore Spyropoulos, Kerstin Stakemeier, Amalia Ulman, Danh Vo, Jochen Volz and Michael Young. For the Architecture Class, guest professors Efrén García Grinda, Cristina Díaz Moreno, Beatriz Colomina, Peter Trummer and Mark Wigley have conducted specializations and seminars.

A unique feature of Städelschule is its Kunsthalle Portikus, an institution for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main. Since its foundation in 1987, Portikus is dedicated to exhibit, publish and discuss young and emerging as well as established artists. During Rundgang, Portikus features the exhibition Slide show with Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, Susanne Kriemann, and Yutaka Sone. The exhibition unites three different positions and generations, focusing in each on a medium that may be historic, yet is unmistakable in its ability to develop narratives and negotiate themes. As the title of the exhibition suggests, the focus is on artistic works shown as slide projections or grappling with the presentation of single photographs, either in the form of slides or contact sheets.

Rundgang main events:

Wednesday, May 31
Press welcome & press preview
with Judith Hopf and Willem de Rooij

Thursday, June 1
Public tours, daily from noon

Official opening & Rundgang awards
Prize Jury: Chris Fitzpatrick (Director Kunstverein München) and Philippe Pirotte
Masters of ceremony: Hanna-Maria Hammari & Evan Jose

Friday, June 2
Michael Young: Close Attention

In this lecture, historical examples in art, architecture, and cinema will be discussed in relation to the recent work of Michael Young’s architectural practice.

Rundgang Opening Party
Daimlerstrasse 32, Frankfurt
with Stepmaster Arson, 333Boys, Hilda Helena Lundgren Stammernäs, Daniel Keller and Lil Fokus
Admission: 5 euro

Saturday, June 3
Sanford Kwinter in conversation with Daniel Birnbaum and Johan Bettum
"Art and Architecture in the Age of Virtual and Augmented Reality"

In conversation with Städelschule professors Daniel Birnbaum and Johan Bettum, Sanford Kwinter—architectural theorist, writer, and editor—will probe the emerging realm of virtual and augmented realities in the arts and architecture.

From noon
Students of the Master Program Curatorial Studies invite curators, artists and contributors of the art field for public conversations in the school’s auditorium. The talks will discuss current curatorial and artistic practices and strategies as well as exhibition concepts.

Designing the Future: Migrated visual artists in Germany
Rayan Abdullah (HGB Leipzig) in conversation with Sophie Buscher and Hannah Grimmer (Curatorial Studies)

Contemporary Art under the impact of Curatorial Practice and Art Criticism
Agnieszka Roguski (journalist and curator) and Kolja Reichert (author and journalist) in conversation with Alice Gustson and Maximilian Wahlich (Curatorial Studies)

Sunday, June 4
From noon
Daimler Matinée: brunch, drinks & live music
Mensa, Daimlerstrasse 32

A look back: The Transformation of Frankfurt’s ausstellungsraum
Martin Schmidl (artist and author) in conversation with Sina Brückner-Amin and Isabelle Tondre (Curatorial Studies)

Director: Philippe Pirotte
Artistic Coordinator: Jonas Leihener

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Contact: T +49 (0)69 605008-0 / [email protected]

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, Binding-Brauerei AG

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