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Jutta Koether

Jutta Koether, Professor of Painting/Drawing

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Jutta Koether is a painter, performance artist, musician, critic and theoretician. Her works incorporate distinct elements of punk and underground culture. She has exhibited internationally.

Jutta Koether, born in 1958 in Cologne, has belonged to the alternative arts scene since the early 1980’s. She has inspired artists in both Europe and the USA. Her interdisciplinary practice includes painting, music, poetry, film and performance. Jutta Koether works in New York and Berlin and has been a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg since 2010.

Her conceptual paintings are inspired by many different sources, and are often combined with or commented on by performances. Jutta Koether constantly challenges prevailing norms and side steps the customary notions of what art is regarded to be. Instead, viewers are forced to reflect on their own expectations. In Koether’s attack on pure abstraction, she uses materials that are foreign to fine art, including cheap trash such as chains, rings and studs that she glues to her works. Koether also comments on art by producing remakes of works by well-known male artists, including Nicolas Poussin and Francis Bacon. Woman as an artist is a theme in Jutta Koether’s monumental red female portraits of famous women such as the celebrated opera singer Maria Callas and the pop icon Kylie Minogue.

Jutta Koether is inspired by artists and intellectuals who have presented alternatives to mainstream culture, including the underground film-maker Kenneth Anger and the musician Patti Smith. Koether has also collaborated with musicians who are also visual artists, such as Tom Verlaine (Television) and Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (both from Sonic Youth).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Serralves Foundation, Porto
Bortolami, New York
Jutta Koether/Philadelphia, Bortolami, Philadelphia
Serinettes. Ladies Pleasures Varying, Campoli Presti, Paris
Best of Studios, Campoli Presi, London
Zodiac Nudes, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin
Fortune, Bortolami, New York
A Moveable Feast – Part XV, Campoli Presti, Paris
10th Annual Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai
Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
Champrovement, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York
Etablissement d'en face, Brussels
Two person show with Gerard Byrne, Praxes Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin
The Double Session, Campoli Preston, London
Seasons and Sacraments, Arnolfini, Bristol
Seasons and Sacraments, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
The Fifth Season, Bortolami, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983 - 2004), Hessel Museum, Bard College, New York
Raise the Curtain, Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid
Jump Into The Future – Art From the 90’s and 2000’s, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Putting Rehearsals to the Test, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and VOX, centre de l’image, Montreal
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, mumok, Vienna
Fantasie, Halle fuer Kunst, Lüneburg
Spring Awakening, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
The Radiants, Bortolami, New York
Beating Around the Bush #4, Bonnefantmuseum, Maastricht
New Dawn, curated by Leidy Churchman, Silberkuppe, Berlin
No Drink No Talk Just Beautiful, On Stellar Rays, New York
Death by Water. Death by Fire, Campoli Presti, Paris
NYC 1993. Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York
Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London
São Paulo Biennial 2012, São Paulo Museum of Art
Whitney Biennale 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

photo: Tim Albrecht

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?