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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

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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.

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.

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?