Städelschule

The Frankfurt school

With its roots in the 1817 will of merchant Johann Friedrich Städel and the founding of his ‘Städelsches Kunstinstitut’, the modern Städelschule has in recent decades become a pedagogic powerhouse, attracting an international roster of teachers and students, all committed to its distinctly critical teaching ethos and small student cohort (around 150).

Current teaching staff comprise a who’s who of European artworld talent – Douglas Gordon, Michael Krebber, Judith Hopf, Mark Leckey, Isabelle Graw, Wolfgang Tillmans… with Peter Fischli about to join. Incorporating Portikus, which has become a leading exhibition space in its own right, the Städelschule has become a model for the independent, influential teaching-and-exhibition centre. Nevertheless, the school is having to face a tough economic climate and is currently looking for a new director.