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Rundgang 2016

Städelschule Frankfurt
12–14 February 2016

Annual student exhibition
Opening Ceremony: Friday, 12 February, 6pm
Hours: Friday–Sunday 10am–8pm

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule Frankfurt am Main
Dürerstrasse 10 & Daimlerstrasse 32
60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Admission is free

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From 12 to 14 February 2016 the Städelschule Frankfurt will host its annual student exhibition-Rundgang. During this three-day event, students from the classes of internationally acclaimed faculty members such as Ben van Berkel, Johan Bettum, Peter Fischli, Douglas Gordon, Judith Hopf, Michael Krebber, Tobias Rehberger, Willem de Rooij and Amy Sillman, 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 Program will 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 classrooms. With over 190 students in total presenting their work, the Rundgang has become one of Frankfurt’s most prominent art events.

The Städelschule was founded in 1817 and figures 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 2015/16 includes guest professors Mark von Schlegell and Shahryar Nashat, and seminars and lectures by Sarah Schulman, Jonas Mekas, Jana Euler, Dora Garcia, Eileen Myles and Oliver Laric. For the Architecture Class guest professors Mirco Becker, Beatriz Colomina, Peter Trummer, Mark Wigley and Holger Hoffmann conduct specializations and seminars.

A unique feature of Städelschule is it’s 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 will host Earshot, the first solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan in Germany, which will open on Friday, 12 February 2016 at 8pm.

Rundgang main events:

Thursday, 11 February
Press welcome & press preview
with Judith Hopf and Philippe Pirotte.

Friday, 12 February
DIS: Disillusioned
DIS is a New York-based collective composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific museum and gallery exhibitions to ongoing online projects. Most notably these include, DIS Magazine, a virtual platform that examines art, fashion, music and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices. Since being founded, the magazine has expanded into an international community of writers, photographers, musicians and DJs. Currently DIS is curating the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2016.

Official opening & Rundgang awards
Prize Jury: Dr. Isabelle Graw and Dr. Vinzenz Hediger
Masters of ceremony: Mikhail Wassmer & José Montealegre

Portikus exhibition opening
Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Earshot
In his art and research, Lawrence Abu Hamdan explores the perception of language and sound and the politics of listening. His projects have taken the form of audiovisual installations, performances, graphic works, photography, Islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, potato chip packets, essays, and lectures. Discourses of national identity, human rights, and the administration of justice are recurrent themes in his art, and the techniques of his audio-aesthetic practice have become the basis through which he has become known as a “private ear,” conducting forensic audio analysis for several legal investigations. At Portikus, he has created an installation encompassing sound, photographic prints, and a video to reflect more broadly on the aesthetics of evidence and the politics of sound and silence. 

Rundgang party
Daimlerstrasse 32, Frankfurt
with Dj Lil`Fokus & Davos, Dj Double Income No kids, Burning Bush, Dj City, JTB, Enchante and Jack Frost.
Admission: 5 euro

Saturday, 13 February

From noon
Guests: Vivien Trommer, Sean Lynch, and current Städelschule art students.
Students of Curatorial & Critical Studies invite artists and curators for the talk series “Water Cooler Talks”. During the talks an overall question is asked about what takes place behind closed doors: What are the procedures and thoughts that precede the moment of materialization and presentation? Exactly the concealed and non-public is the focal point of the discussions and an attempt will be made to link these to an understanding of artistic and curatorial practices that structure the contemporary art world(s).

Willem de Rooij & Philippe Pirotte will share thoughts about Piet Mondrian featuring in two recent installations of De Rooij. For the Vincent Award (2015), De Rooij showed Mondrian’s painting Lighthouse at Westkapelle in a dark room slowly illuminated, while a chorus of Greenland dogs howl and bark in the background. De Rooij’s installation Character Is Fate (2015) at Witte de With in Rotterdam, showcased an astrological birth chart Piet Mondrian had made in 1911. A special display system that relates to the solar calendar allows for the birth chart to be illuminated by the sun.

The Feast
A culinary experiment by the Architecture Class, 6 course menu.
Reservation necessary

Sunday, 14 February

From noon
Daimler Matinée: Brunch, Drinks & Live Music
Mensa, Daimlerstrasse 32
BELLY OF THE WHALE - A Pure Fyction Extravaganza!
Including, Reynaldo's return of Romeo and Juliet, the trailer.
Screenings, Readings, Music and Performances, Moonshine - there will be a program to follow.
Also - DYSFYCTION 3 star studded publication launch with an installation by Laura Langer.
Special guests, house arrest, Au revoir, Celeste!


Director: Philippe Pirotte
Artistic Coordinator: Jonas Leihener
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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
Fragro GmbH
Binding-Brauerei AG