The Städelschule (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtɛːdl̩ʃuːlə]), Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, is a tertiary school of art in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It accepts about 20 students each year from 500 applicants, and has a total of approximately 150 students of visual arts. About 75% of the students are not from Germany, and courses are taught in English.
The Städelschule was established by the Städel Institute in 1817, following an endowment left by Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), a wealthy banker and patron of the arts. In his will he left his house, art collection and fortune in order that the Städel Institute of Art could be set up to display his art collection and to provide scholarships for poor children to receive training in architecture and art. He want them to be "...educated to become valuable and useful citizens and artists".
Städel died on 2 December 1816, and from 1817 scholarships were given out. It was Städel's intention only that funds should be provided to pay for students' tuition at other schools, however the institute employed its first teacher, Johann Andreas Benjamin Reges (1772–1847), from 1817. He taught students in his house, and, from Summer 1817, at an orphanage. 19 students were taught in the first year. In 1829 it was decided that the Städel Institute of Art would be an art education institute and the teachers Philipp Veit (1793–1877, painting), Friedrich Maximilian Hessemer (1800–1860, architecture) and Johann Nepomuk Zwerger (1796–1868, sculpture) were appointed. Around 1930, the Frankfurt Kunstgewerbeschule (established 1878) was incorporated into the Städelschule.
In the 1970s the architect Günther Bock created the post-graduate Master of Advanced Design which became the Städelschule Architecture Class. After his retirement, the architecture class was led by Peter Cook, Enric Miralles, Ben van Berkel, and Johan Bettum. In October 2020, the director Yasmil Raymond decided to end the architecture class in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school was later taken over by the city of Frankfurt. Until the end of 2018, the school was the only tertiary institution in Germany to be funded by a city rather than state administration. From 1 January 2019 the Städelschule became an educational institution of the state of Hesse, and it is now funded by the state, rather than the city of Frankfurt.
Many artists teach or have taught at the school. Among the current faculty are Willem de Rooij, Haegue Yang, Judith Hopf, Hassan Khan, and Tobias Rehberger. 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.
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