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Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule
Haupteingang Dürerstr.jpg
Entrance to the school
Established 1817 (1817)
Founder Johann Friedrich Städel
Director Philippe Pirotte
Students 190
Location Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
50°06′08″N 08°40′30″E / 50.10222°N 8.67500°E / 50.10222; 8.67500Coordinates: 50°06′08″N 08°40′30″E / 50.10222°N 8.67500°E / 50.10222; 8.67500
Language English
Städelschule (emblem).jpg
The school

The Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, is a tertiary school of art in Frankfurt am Main, in central Germany. It accepts about 20 students each year from 500 applicants, and has a total of approximately 140 students of visual arts and 50 of architecture.[1] About 75% of the students are not from Germany, and courses are taught in English.[1]


The Städelschule was founded by Frankfurt merchant, Johann Friedrich Städel (de). In a deed dated 15 March 1815 he left his art collection and his money to establish a museum – now the Städel Museum – and for the teaching of art and architecture to suitable students.[2]:322 The school is the only one in Germany to be funded by a city rather than a state administration. In 2007, the Städelschule received funding of €3.8 million from the city of Frankfurt.[2]:322


Many artists teach or have taught at the school. Among the current staff are Willem de Rooij, Peter Fischli, Douglas Gordon, Michael Krebber (de) and Tobias Rehberger.[1] Max Beckmann taught at the Städelschule during the Weimar Republic, but was classed as a "degenerate artist" and dismissed from his position under the Nazi régime. His work was shown in the Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Städelschule Frankfurt: Beyond the Genre Boundaries. Goethe-Institut. Accessed February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Dietrich Koska (2007). Good Neighbors. In: Heike Belzer, Daniel Birnbaum (editors) (2007). Kunst lehren – Teaching Art. Frankfurt: Städelschule.
  3. ^ Max Beckmann (1884-1950). Galerie St. Etienne. Accessed February 2017.