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Offenbach – a success in its own right

Offenbach – a success in its own right

Truth be told, Offenbach isn't exactly on friendly terms with its bigger neighbour Frankfurt. There is a dedicated rivalry between them that manifests itself as disparaging jokes, scathing jibes and a conviction that the existence of the other can only be down to a cruel trick of fate. This applies particularly to the two football teams.

Industrial heritage and craftsmanship

Many people in Offenbach believe that Frankfurt, according to some ancient documents, used to be part of their town. There is no real proof for this theory, but it is certainly true that Offenbach and Frankfurt are very different. Unlike Frankfurt, Offenbach developed a distinctive artisanal culture that is now commemorated in dedicated museums. The Leather Museum, for example, harks back to Offenbach's long tradition of leather work. The Klingspor Museum features international book design, typography and type, including work by Peter Behrens and the Manuale Tipografico by the famous typographer Bodoni. The origins of the museum lie in the collection of Karl Klingspor and that of Siegfried Guggenheim, who emigrated from Offenbach to New York in 1938. The lithographic process was invented in Offenbach in 1800, and the town has been a centre of the printing industry ever since. With the HfG College of Design and around 900 design, printing, graphics and film companies Offenbach is one of Germany's most important creative centres.

Weathermen and famous visitors

At the German Meteorological Service, which has been based in Offenbach since 1952, accuracy is more highly prized than creativity. Even if its primary function is often only appreciated with hindsight, the service's 'Wetterpark', a combination of recreation area, themed exhibits and open-air museum, is well worth a visit.

Over the centuries, the thriving town has had some famous guests. Niccolò Paganini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited several times, the former to purchase locally produced strings, the latter because his sheet music was published here. Goethe was also a frequent visitor, making the trip to see his fiancée. Offenbach's museums, including the Rosengarten Museum of Contemporary Art, the town's beautiful late 19th century architecture and Isenburg Palace – one of the most important Renaissance buildings north of the Alps, splendid churches and extensive parks still make it a very worthwhile destination today.

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The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, also known as the Städel Institute of Art and Municipal Gallery, is one of the leading art museums in Germany. It was founded in 1816 by the great patron of the arts from Frankfurt Johann Friedrich Städel and the collection has been housed in its current location since 1878. The Städel Museum is one of the main attractions along Frankfurt's 'museum embankment'. The breadth and wealth of museums and galleries overlooking the banks of the Main here are unique in Germany.

With over 2,900 paintings and around 100,000 drawings and prints, the collection gives a comprehensive insight into more than 700 years of European art history – from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the baroque era and Classical Modernism right through to the present day. Among the highlights are works by Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Sandro Botticelli, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann. The collection also includes works by prominent post-1945 artists such as Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Martin Kippenberger, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. Worthy of special mention are Andy Warhol's screen-print series 'Goethe', a donation by the artist to the Städel Museum, and 'Goethe in the Campagna' by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein. Since 1976 the fascinating sculpture garden has displayed mainly contemporary works, including pieces by Joseph Beuys, Ulrich Rückriem, Richard Serra, Anthony Caro, George Rickey and David Smith.

Upcoming dates:

19.09.2018 - 17.03.2019

13.02.2019 - 26.05.2019

03.04.2019 - 30.05.2019

26.06.2019 - 13.10.2019

23.10.2019 - 16.02.2020

13.11.2019 - 06.02.2020

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Städel Museum
Dürerstraße 2
60596 Frankfurt am Main

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The Schirn building itself is a bit like a modern art work in the heart of Frankfurt's old quarter, a light, angular design contrasting with the grand, red sandstone cathedral and the Römer, the old town hall. This art gallery lies in the heart of the city – and is an important focal point in Frankfurt's cultural life. It is also one of the most celebrated galleries in Germany and in Europe.

Schirn is the Hessian word for a structure such as a hut or a shed, but this belies its significance in the world of art. Since opening in 1986, the Schirn has staged some 200 exhibitions. It has no collection of its own but organises temporary exhibitions and projects on selected themes or the work of individual artists. The themed exhibitions have made most notable contribution to the gallery's international reputation, for instance Viennese art nouveau, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, the history of photography and subjects such as 'shopping – art and consumerism', and the visual art of the Stalin era. Major retrospectives have honoured artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Bill Viola, Arnold Schoenberg, Henri Matisse and Julian Schnabel.

Taking a stance on topical themes and aspects of artistic creation can be said to be the Schirn's hallmark. It aims not only to engage visitors in a meaningful exhibition experience but also to encourage active participation in the cultural discussion.

Upcoming dates:

14.02.2019 - 12.05.2019

14.02.2019 - 12.05.2019

28.02.2019 - 26.05.2019

28.02.2019 - 26.05.2019

07.06.2019 - 01.09.2019

07.06.2019 - 01.09.2019

19.06.2019 - 08.09.2019

19.06.2019 - 08.09.2019

26.09.2019 - 12.01.2020

26.09.2019 - 12.01.2020

11.10.2019 - 12.01.2020

11.10.2019 - 12.01.2020

13.02.2020 - 24.05.2020

Venue

Schirn Kunsthalle
Bendergasse
60311 Frankfurt am Main

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A week full of excitement at the Frankfurt Roßmarkt.
Every night starting on May 17, seven restaurateurs from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main area will demonstrate their skills with their secret recipes.

Upcoming dates:

11.05.2019 - 18.05.2019

Venue

Roßmarkt Frankfurt
Roßmarkt
60311 Frankfurt am Main

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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