January 27, 2023 – Symposium

On the Benefits of Friendship—
A symposium in honor of
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Graw

A gathering of reflection organized on Prof. Dr. Isabelle Graw’s jubilee with presentations by Prof. Dr. Daniel Birnbaum, Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann, Merlin Carpenter, Prof. Dr. Anselm Haverkamp, Violaine Huisman, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Verena Lueken Prof. Dr. Christoph Menke, Prof. Yasmil Raymond, Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen and Prof. Dr. Brigitte Weingart.


  • Yasmil Raymond, Rector Städelschule and Director, Portikus, Frankfurt
  • Anselm Haverkamp, Honorary University Professor of Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
  • Beate Söntgen, art historian, Professor for Art History, Leuphana University, Lüneburg


Coffee Break


  • Daniel Birnbaum, curator, art critic and philosopher, Professor for Philosophy, Städelschule, Frankfurt
  • Christoph Menke, Professor of Philosophy, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • Sabeth Buchmann, Professor of Modern and Postmodern Art and Head of the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Professor for Fine Arts, art historian, Harvard University
  • Helmut Draxler, Professor for Art Theory, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien
  • Brigitte Weingart, Professor of Media Theory, University of the Arts, Berlin
  • Verena Lueken, writer, Frankfurt

On the Benefits of Friendship is made possible by Stiftung Ohne Titel, 2016.