Art students from nearly fifty nations meet from July 4–11, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main for Gasthof at Städelschule. A total of more than three hundred art students will gather for an immersive, seven-day program of spontaneous daily activities, lectures, workshops, cooking, and exchange. Throughout this weeklong summit, participants will consider and think what it means for artists to practice hospitality towards those who are foreign to them, how can art be a “shelter” for reciprocity and friendship and a conduit for addressing social and political urgencies.
“Twenty years ago, the rector Daniel Birnbaum, together with the student Dirk Fleischmann and the Portikus curator Jochen Volz, initiated the Gasthof at the Städelschule. This event offered a platform for ritualizing generosity and reciprocity in search for new definitions of hospitality and conviviality,” said Yasmil Raymond, Rector of Städelschule and Director of Portikus. “The impetus for reviving this program together was literally prompted by the questions triggered by the pandemic. After the series of lockdowns and the increased virtual interactions, we saw the need for new ways to reconnect, meet, discuss, and engage.”
With daily lectures and workshops led by artists, chefs, poets, philosophers and curators, the focus of Gasthof participants develop a sense of belonging and caring that contributes to deep discussions and the promotion of diverse opinions. In the process of coming together and gathering students will build move ideas and actions toward collective control over shared resources. "We all knew that Gasthof is such a daring and demanding project, yet so worth to try and dive into as well. This gathering is supposed to be a self-expression of the current generation for their necessity to build their own platform in the year of 2022," Prof. Haegue Yang, Vice-Rector of Städelschule and co-chair of Gasthof says.
Participating art schools
Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Austria; Akademija za likovno umetnost in oblikovanje, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Beaux-Arts Paris, France; Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, CCAA in Exile; Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Denmark; Eina Idea / EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art, Barcelona, Spain; Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Sweden; ENSAPC CY Cergy Paris Université, France; Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW, Switzerland; Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany; IUAV–Università luav di Venezia, Italia; Konsthögskolan i Malmö, Sweden, Sweden; Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Norway; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; Nordland kunst- og filmhøgskole Lofoten, Norway; Propaganda, Tblisi, Georgia
Gasthof is made possible by generous support from Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, and Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne. Additional support is provided by Förderprogramm QuiS21 and Kunstsammler e. V., Stiftung o.T., the Goethe-Institut Lebanon, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC, Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy), Städelschule Portikus e.V., and ERASMUS+, co-funded by the European Union.