Hotel Marienbad 002: The Rausch Collection and Städelschule at Hotel Marienbad



12–20 March 08



Hotel Marienbad 002: The Rausch Collection and Städelschule at Hotel Marienbad
March 12 - 20, 2008

Opening: March 11, 2008, 8 pm

Helga and Hartmut Rausch will be part of the second group of guests to honor the suite of Hotel Marienbad with their presence. Seeking to ensure their comfort and well-being we naturally invited Mr. and Mrs. Rausch to bring along the works of art among which they are accustomed to reside. They will arrange the gems of their renowned collection in the rooms of the suite. Art students from Städelschule Frankfurt will help transform their stay into a truly memorable experience.

The second group of guests to move into the hotel suite in the main building of KW Institute for Contemporary Art will be the caretaker couple of Frankfurt am Main's famous Städelschule, Helga and Hartmut Rausch, accompanied by students from the art school. Mr. and Mrs. Rausch will bring along pictures and objects from their art collection, which today extends to four hundred works. In their many years as caretakers at Städelschule they have received numerous drawings, paintings, and art objects as gifts from students or teachers.

As the beginning of Mr. and Mrs. Rausch's art collection this spelled a very special relationship between collectors and collected items. While staying at Hotel Marienbad Helga and Hartmut Rausch will present a very personal selection from their treasures, which were first presented to the public in 2007 in the Städelschule's Portikus exhibition space. The caretaker couple will be accompanied by students of the art school who will host a program of talks, presentations, concerts, and cinema. Offerings include live music from country to pop to punk, artistic films by students and graduates, and a talk on „Teaching Art" with Thomas Bayrle, Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw, Simon Starling, Wolfgang Tillmans, and students.

The suite of Hotel Marienbad is thus transformed into an exhibition space and a laboratory of young aspiring artists. Together with the students Hartmut Rausch will set up his legendary Golden Rausch-Bar in the KW's interior courtyard.

Situated in the main building of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Hotel Marienbad opens up possibilities beyond the white cube by offering a poetic space for highly diverse modes of presentation and performance formats. Eluding all attempts at defining it as either a private or a public space, it is both useful space and artistic platform. Whether they present an exhibition or host an evening event is up to the guests, who do not pay for bed and board in the usual way. Instead, the accepted currency are artistic interventions that subject the place to permanent change. Thus each guest leaves traces which combine to form part of a collective process that is reflected in steadily rising figure of the room number.

The exhibition is curated by Susanne Pfeffer.

Supported by Dornbracht Culture Projects ( and the Friends of KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Special thanks to Verein Städelschule Portikus e.V.

Organized in collaboration by Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

11.03.2008, 8 pm

12.03.2008, 8 pm

Talk: Kunst lehren – Teaching art
16.03.2008, 8 pm

Filmrolle - movie reel: Movies by Städelschule art students