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Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert, Guest professor of Painting

Andrew Gilbert (born 1980, Edinburgh , Scotland) studied Fine Art (Art History and Art) from 1997 to 2002 at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. In works on paper and large scale installations he explores the influence of 19th century Colonialism and Military History upon today. His work is informed by numerous research trips to South African battlefields and historical monuments. Gilbert is also inspired by Advertising, Propaganda, the Reformation and the contemporary Western worship of Objects. He draws influence from cheap Military and Ethnographic Museums displays, Colonial Exhibitions as well as the language of visual propaganda in popular culture, art history (Primtivism in Modern Art) and the connections of these pejorative images of Exotic cliches from the Medieval to the Present day. Absurdist humour is an important element in Gilbert´s work.

Exhibitions include "Artist and Empire" at Tate Britain,2015 / National Gallery of Singapore, 2016, "Trophies of the Savages" at Blank Projects, Cape Town , 2014 and "Shaka Zulu - The Musical" Sperling, Munich, 2016.

Gilbert lives in Berlin since 2002.

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.

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.

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 rhizome.hfbk.net

rhizome.hfbk.net 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.

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?

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.