With 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, Jordan/Martin Hell, So Yeon Kim, Mariam Kvirikashvili, Kristina Lovaas, 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 Peter Fischli, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Amy Sillman and Josef Strau as well as former guest professor Wu Tsang and former interim professor Nikolas Gambaroff
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 graduate exhibition 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 Atem Choi and Alke Heykes.
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 und Solkim Art Handling.
1) Tomomi Yamakawa (Städelschule Portikus e.V.)
2) Cudelice Brazelton IV & Dudu Quintanilha (Sammlung Pohl gGmbH)
Christina Lehnert (Curator Portikus), Sarah Gilder (Sammlung Pohl), Dr. Ana Pohl (Sammlung Pohl), Prof. Yasmil Raymond (Rector Städelschule, Director Portikus), Monika Szewczyk (Director De Appel), Juliet Wagner (Städelschule Portikus e.V.)