Frankfurter Hauptschule, Avant-garde for the masses, Since 2013

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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Visionary Ruins, Taunusstraße, Städelschule, Kunst der Revolte. Revolte der Kunst, Frankfurt, 2018

In February 2018, as a protest against the displacement of drug addicts in the neighborhood of Frankfurt’s main train station, the FHS installed a sculpture in the form of a burned out police car. Several of the passersby interacted with it, taking selfies, climbing on the roof, urinating on the bonnet. At the Städelschule Rundgang, the FHS presented the burned out patrol car as well as the video installation 242 TITEL BESSER ALS MARTIN KIPPENBERGER, which was connected with the operation. The president of Frankfurt’s police force stated publicly his indignation while the Städelschule defended the art work.

FAZ, Monopol Magazin, FR

Stahlbad is fun, Eiserner Steg, Galerie ConSpace, ATELIERFRANKFURT, Frankfurt, 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

Slipstream of decline, Galerie Kaiser P, Römerberg, Frankfurt, 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 Public financial support was withdrawn from the art project and the city’s regulatory agency considered to ban the performance.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

Operation flower girls, Bayreuther Festspiele, Bayreuth, 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, Süddeutsche, Jungle World