September 3, 2021

Graduates 2021
The Whistle


View of Kristina Lovaas, Lorenz Ganthaler, 2021. The Whistle, Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Dudu Quintanilha, INCAPAZ (Incompetent), 2021. The Whistle, Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Graham Hamilton, a Bins - blue hour, 2021. Installation view, The Whistle, Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Anita Esfandiari, Fountains, 2021. Installation view, The Whistle, Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin. 

Agnese Galiotto, Foris (forest, outside), 2021. The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Jordan/Martin Hell, Untitled works related to CONSTANT VIO-LINS I & II, 2021. The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Sebastián Garbrecht, Rosario Aninat, 2021. Installation view, The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Ella CB, The House, 2021. The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Su Xia, How to heal?, 2021. The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Conrad, O.T., 2021. The Whistle—Absolventenausstellung Städelschule. Photo: Ivan Murzin.

Graduates 2021: Villiam Miklos Andersen, Rosario Aninat, Cudelice Brazelton IV, Ella CB, Alex Chalmers, Hyunjung Choi, Conrad, Anita Esfandiari, Agnese Galiotto, Lorenz Ganthaler, Sebastián Garbrecht, Isidora Gilardi, Graham Hamilton, So Yeon Kim, Mariam Kvirikashvili, Kristina Lovaas, Jordan/Martin Hell, Rudi Ninov, Gabriel Possamai, Dudu Quintanilha, Sara Rossi, Su Xia, Tomomi Yamakawa and Miran Yang

From the classes of Monika Baer, Gerard Byrne, Judith Hopf, Hassan Khan, Tobias Rehberger, Willem de Rooij, Haegue Yang and former professors Douglas Gordon, Peter Fischli, Laure Prouvost, Amy Sillman and Josef Strau as well as former guest professor Wu Tsang and former interim professor Nikolas Gambaroff.

The Städelschule is pleased to present this year’s graduation show The Whistle, that will be on view from September 3 until September 19, 2021, and include the work of 24 young international artists.

Under the title The Whistle, this year’s graduates of the Städelschule gather together as if sounding a common whistle. A closer look reveals the diverse range of meanings of the whistle in its ambivalence—between warning and wake-up call, the shrill signal of the referee, the political significance of whistleblowing, or the innocent accompaniment of a song.

In the context of such a simultaneously unifying and separating moment, 24 graduates from 14 nations show the complexity of their artistic practice. Presented in a vacant office building from the early 1970s, the paintings, sculptures, video works, drawings, photographs, and installations are the result of several years of study in the cross-disciplinary classes. The graduation show is regarded as the formal and artistic culmination of studies at the Städelschule and is an exemplary reflection of its core: the free artistic work in the studios as well as the intensive exchange with their professors and fellow students.

The Whistle thus also stands for the image of a reflection on endings and beginnings.

The exhibition is curated by Il-Jin Choi and Alke Heykes.

Visitor information
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm. Free entry. Proof of negative test result (not older than 24 hours), vaccination or recovery required.

Guided tours: Curator tours through the exhibition will be organized upon request via kunstkoordination [​at​]

The Whistle is made possible by major support from Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. Significant support is provided by Allen & Overy LLP. Generous support is also provided by Graf von Westphalen, Sammlung Pohl gGmbH and Städelschule Portikus e.V.. Additional support comes from LBBW Immobilien Development GmbH and Solkim Art Handling.

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