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Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main
The Städelschule dates back to a foundation of the Frankfurt merchant Johann Friedrich Städel in 1817. With his bequest he made it possible to set up the 'Städelsches Kunstinstitut'. This allowed the founding of a school for people interested in art and for talented young students and public access to his collection of art was made possible. His institute concerned an assessment of traditional and contemporary art as well as the development of entirely new practices. Over the years two different institutions developed: the Städelmuseum and the Städelschule.
The Städelschule is an international academy; this applies to both teachers and students. 40% of the student body come from abroad. The exhibition space Portikus has also added to this international reputation. Since 1987 Portikus has been part of the Städelschule. Artists from all over the world exhibit there and the students at the academy profit from this in a variety of ways. Over the years Portikus has developed into a leading centre for experimental art in Germany. At the same time, the art scene in Frankfurt/Main has been enriched by over one hundred exhibitions.
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