Frankfurter Hauptschule

Frankfurter Hauptschule (FHS) is an art collective affiliated with the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Since 2013, they explore the frontiers of art and pain within the public sphere, (social) media and art spaces.

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Stahlbad is fun (2016)

In late summer 2016, FHS posted a video online, which encouraged viewers to take so-called love locks from the central pedestrian bridge in Frankfurt and to hand these over to the artists. FHS announced to pay a reward for each lock, in order to melt them and cast a sculpture from the locks. Despite the media outrage that this caused, thousands of love locks were brought to the artists. At the opening of a show at ATELIERFRANKFURT, the artists presented the sculpture to the public: a steel bathtub filled with ice cubes and bottles of beer and champagne – for the crowd to enjoy.

Spiegel  /Freitag / Vice / Youtube

Slipstream of decline (2015)

In November 2015, FHS announced a heroin performance at the Gallerie Kaiser P in the red light district near the main train station in Frankfurt. This announcement went along with a critique of a group of politicians and local shop owners that aimed at casting out drug addicts from the neighbourhood. Public financial support was withdrawn from the art project and the city’s regulatory agency considered to ban the performance. Finally the gallery cancelled the event due to political pressure and instead it took place in the city center in front of the mayors office.

FAZ /BILD / Welt / Youtube

Operation flower girls (2013)

To mark the 200th year anniversary of Richard Wagner, FHS faked tickets to the opening night of Bayreuther Festspiele and spread them via direct mail to the city’s inhabitants. Along with the tickets came a letter which explained that within the context of the journalistic re-democratization of the antisemite Richard Wagner, not only should the festival be democratized but other infamous Germans like Adolf Hitler should be rehabilitated. FHS was reported to the police by the directors of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Wagners great-great-granddaughters.

BZ Berlin / Süddeutsche / Jungle World