Philip Solms, Tomomi Yamakawa, Juliet Wagner, Claudia Orben, photo: Ian Waelder
Graduate Prize 2021
Nadia Perlov, Jardin Jadore, 2020, Videoinstallation; Lady Bug, 2020, 100 x 100 x 6 cm, Installation view, L’Esprit—Absolventenausstellung 2020, photo: Eike Walkenhorst
Graduate Prize 2020
Annette Hans, Kristin Reiman, Martin Engler, Jakob Brugge, Paula Kommoss, Jenny Nachtigall, Rebekka Seubert and Il-Jin Choi, Städel Garden, 2019
Graduate Prize 2019
Jack Heard, Städelschule, 2018
Graduate Prize 2018
Graduate Prize 2017
Anne Speier, Photo: Diana Pfammatter 2017
30 years of Portikus
Jubilee 200 Years Städelschule, Photo: Wolfgang Günzel, 2017
200 years of the Städelschule
Book Cover, 2017
Helke Bayrle
Anna Goetz and Stuart Middleton, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, 2016
Graduate prize 2016
Filippa Pettersson, Amy Ball, Don´t be a stranger (2015), Image © Camilo Brau
Amy Ball & Filippa Pettersson
Rosa Aiello, SERVING (2015), HD Video, color, sound, 9 minutes 48 seconds, Filmstill; Foto © Camilo Brau
Rosa Aiello & Cooper Jacoby
Building an Image Performance, Italian Cultural Institute New York, 2016
Letizia Calori & Violette Maillard
Luzie Meyer, The Balcony (2017), Filmstill
Luzie Meyer
Book Cover, 2017Book Cover, 2017

Helke Bayrle

Portikus Under Construction


Since late 1992, in an initiative of her own, Helke Bayrle has been using her video camera to film exhibitions in Portikus as they are being constructed. Helke Bayrle’s entire archive to date of 157 video films is accessible to the public at This decision also provides proof that the archive is nowhere near complete and will keep growing in the years to come.

Helke Bayrle’s films go beyond the documentary. They are subjective and intimate observations of the artists’ personalities and the process involved in staging individual exhibitions. What makes Helke Bayrle’s films special is the continuity of her work and her open approach. While filming she follows a different logic corresponding to the situation. In a playful and reflective way she then condenses this material into short films that are richly varied.

Portikus has been housed in three different locations. Portikus Under Construction reveals the history of this exhibition venue and the diversity of the artistic interventions in its different rooms.

With support from Städelschule Portikus e.V.