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Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Main building
Established 1767
Type Public university
President Martin Köttering
Students 650
Location Hamburg, Germany

Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg) is the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. It dates back to 1767, when it was called the Hamburger Gewerbeschule; later it became known as Landeskunstschule Hamburg. The main building was designed by architect Fritz Schumacher and built between 1911 and 1913. In 1970, it was accredited as an artistic-scientific university.


  • History 1
  • Introduction of tuition sparks protest 2
  • Stolpersteine 3
  • Notable faculty 4
  • Notable former faculty and alumni 5
  • Courses 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Hamburger Gewerbeschule (Hamburg Vocational School) was founded in 1767 by the Patriotische Gesellschaft (Patriotic Society). It was named Staatliche Kunstgewerbeschule in 1896, later Landeskunstschule. Fritz Schumacher designed the main building especially for the art school. Located at Am Lerchenfeld 2 in Uhlenhorst, a quarter of Hamburg-Nord, it was built between 1911 and 1913. After World War II, it re-opened as Landeskunstschule by Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann, who had previously been a professor at the Kölner Werkschulen. He was succeeded by architect Gustav Hassenpflug, who changed the institution to the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. The school was accredited as a university in 1970.[1]

Introduction of tuition sparks protest

In July 2007, a scandal erupted when the university administration under Martin Köttering came under political pressure to expel students for having protested newly introduced tuition fees. Joerg Draeger and the Hamburg Senate, dominated by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) demanded expulsion of more than half of the art students for having taken part in a tuition boycott. The scandal gained nationwide press coverage.[2] In June 2008, about 680 students were enrolled at HFBK Hamburg.


There are two stolpersteine for two faculty members who became victims of Nazism. Friedrich Adler, who taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule from 1907 until his forced retirement in 1933, was killed in Auschwitz in 1942. Hugo Meier-Thur, who taught from 1910 to 1943, was killed at Fuhlsbüttel concentration camp in 1943.[3]

Notable faculty

Notable former faculty and alumni


  • Sculpture
  • Stage space
  • Design
  • Film
  • Graphics / typography / photography
  • Art Education
  • Painting / Drawing
  • Theory and History
  • Time-based Media


  1. ^ "HFBK Geschichte". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kunst als Protest".  
  3. ^ "Stolpersteine vor der Kunsthochschule. Gedenkfeier am Lerchenfeld." In: Hohenfelder und Uhlenhorster Rundschau, No. 3/2009, p. 14

External links

  • Official website
  • Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg
  • Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (German)
  • Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg Das Bildungs- und Studenten-Portal (German)
  • Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (German)

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