Winter semester 2020/21

Information, 2 November 2020 – 19 February 2021

Hygiene Concept of the Städelschule

Information, 2 November 2020 – 19 February 2021

Coronavirus/COVID-19: Taking measures and getting tips

Information, 2 November 2020 – 19 February 2021

Lectures Winter Semester 2020/21

Online Lecture, 4 November 2020 – 16 February 2021

Guidelines on General Equality

Information, 9 November 2020 – 9 November 2030

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Term break

Information, 21 December 2020 – 1 January 2021

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Rochelle H. Feinstein: Pls. Reply

Online Lecture, 1 December 2020, 19:00

Abraham Cruzvillegas: Agua Dulce

Online Lecture, 17 November 2020, 19:00

Simone Fattal: Visit at the Studio

Online Lecture, 10 November 2020, 19:00

Orientation day for new students

Event, 28 October 2020

L'Esprit—Room For Improvisation #5

Event, 14 October 2020, 18:00–20:00

L'Esprit—Room For Improvisation #4

Event, 7 October 2020, 18:00–20:00

L'Esprit—Room For Improvisation #3

Event, 30 September 2020, 18:00–20:00

L'Esprit—Room For Improvisation #2

Event, 23 September 2020, 18:00–19:30

L’ESPRIT – Absolventenausstellung 2020

Exhibition, 19 September – 18 October 2020

MOVING PLANTS at Palmengarten

Exhibition, 2 September – 18 October 2020

Hajra Waheed "HUM" at Portikus

Exhibition, 11 July – 6 September 2020

Hassan Khan: The Keys to the Kingdom

Online Lecture, 9 July 2020, 19:00

Akira Takayama: Richard Wagner meets McDonald's

Online Lecture, 7 July 2020, 19:00

Lecture Series Summer Semester — July 2020

Online Lecture, 2 – 31 July 2020

Chris Speed: Co-Designing with Things

Online Lecture, 2 July 2020, 19:00

André Vida: Chiral Rapture; or, the Ambiguities

Online Lecture, 30 June 2020, 19:00

Cooking Sections: Cases of Confusion

Online Lecture, 2 June 2020, 19:00

Lecture Series Summer Semester — June 2020

Online Lecture, 2 – 30 June 2020

Emilija Škarnulytė: Sunken City

Online Lecture, 21 May 2020, 19:00

Lucy Cotter: Reclaiming Artistic Research

Online Lecture, 19 May 2020, 19:00

Iman Issa: Proxies, with a Life of Their Own

Online Lecture, 5 May 2020, 19:00

Ulrika Karlsson: Interiors after Images

Lecture, 20 February 2020, 19:00

Rundgang 2020

Event, 14 – 16 February 2020

Water Cooler Talks

Event, 14 – 16 February 2020

Rundgang Party 2020

Event, 14 February 2020, 23:00

Melissa Gordon: The Embarrassment of SUCKCESS

Lecture, 5 February 2020, 19:00

Aneta Rostkowska

Lecture, 29 January 2020, 19:00

David Brüll: Bottom-Up Coded Cultures

Lecture, 27 January 2020, 19:00

Oliver Tessmann: Material-Digital

Lecture, 23 January 2020, 19:00

Angela Lühning, Carl Haarnack, Willem de Rooij: Pierre Verger in Suriname

Online Lecture4 November 2020, 19:00online
Pierre Verger – Hindou, Paramaribo, Suriname, 1948, copyright: Pierre Verger Foundation, Salvador da Bahia, BrazilPierre Verger – Hindou, Paramaribo, Suriname, 1948, copyright: Pierre Verger Foundation, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Angela Lühning – director Pierre Verger Foundation, Salvador da Bahia
Carl Haarnack – curator, writer, and archivist, founder of Buku - Bibliotheca Surinamica, Amsterdam
Willem de Rooij – artist and educator, Berlin

Oliver Hardt – filmmaker, Frankfurt am Main


Photographer, ethnologist, and babalawo Pierre Fátúmbí Verger (1902, Paris–1996, Salvador de Bahia) studied the relationships between cultures of the African diaspora and those of West Africa. In 1948, during an eight-day trip through Suriname, Verger made 257 photographs that today are kept in the Pierre Verger Foundation in Salvador da Bahia. How do these photographs relate both to the greater archive of images made in Suriname and also to Pierre Verger’s life’s work? And what does it mean for these images to be shown and seen in the context of contemporary art?

The exhibition Pierre Verger in Suriname by Willem de Rooij will be on view at Portikus, featuring a new installation in which de Rooij connects spectators and Verger’s images by means of a viewing device. A catalogue designed by Ronnie Fueglister with essays by Karin Amatmoekrim, Ayrson Heraclito, Philippe Pirotte, Willem de Rooij, Richard Price, and Gloria Wekker makes the complete suite of images accessible to a larger public for the first time.

Angela Lühning is the honorary director of the Pierre Verger Foundation where she has worked since its founding in 1988. In this capacity, she is committed to researching Pierre Fátúmbí Verger, helping interested researchers, and taking care of the archive. Furthermore, she develops courses for children and youth from the neighborhoods surrounding the archive, so they can experience and learn about different means of expression in Afro-Brazilian culture. Professionally, Lühning has been working as a musical ethnologist at the School of Music of the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) since 1990, where she studies the musical diversity of Brazilian culture.

Carl Haarnack studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founder of Buku - Bibliotheca Surinamica, a bibliophile collection of antique books about Suriname. He writes for the magazine Parbode and the website He also publishes articles on the history of Suriname and colonial heritage. Haarnack is coauthor of Black is Beautiful, Rubens to Dumas (2008). He worked as a curator on the exhibition Slavery Depicted at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam in 2013. In 2019/2020 Haarnack was an advisor to the Grote Suriname exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. In 2017 he published “Nachrichten von Surinam: Representations of a Dutch Colony in German Travel Literature”, in Travel Writing in Dutch and German, Routledge, 2017.

Oliver Hardt is a director and filmmaker based in Frankfurt am Main. In his documentaries, he frequently addresses the cultural dynamics of the African Diaspora with a strong emphasis on architecture, design and contemporary art. His filmography includes Black Deutschland, a cinematic exploration of Black life in Germany; The United States of Hoodoo, a road trip to the spiritual sources of African-American music and visual culture; David Adjaye – Collaborations, a portrait of the Ghanaian-British architect through the eyes of his friends, mentors, and collaborators; and most recently The Black Museum, a feature documentary about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

Willem de Rooij investigates the workings of images through a variety of media. Collaborations and appropriations inform his artistic method, and his work has stimulated research in art history and ethnography. De Rooij mentors at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main; Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; and BPA // Berlin program for artists, which he cofounded. He was a DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin and a Robert Fulton Fellow at Harvard. He represented the Netherlands at the 51st Venice Biennale together with Jeroen de Rijke, his collaborator from 1994–2006. Recent institutional solo exhibitions were staged at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; IMA Brisbane; Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Le Consortium, Dijon and the Jewish Museum, New York. Recent group exhibitions include the BDL Museum, Mumbai; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Jakarta Biennale; EVA International – Ireland's Biennial, Limerick; the 10th Shanghai Biennale and Raw Material Company, Dakar. Museum collections include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; mumok, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA, New York; and MOCA, Los Angeles.

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