Beyond Frankfurt's big, popular shows there are unusual exhibitions and independent theatre groups just waiting to be discovered. Frankfurt Art Association's 'grenzraum', the Solalanotte exhibition space, exhibitions at the 'basis' studio complex and at ATELIERFRANKFURT, along with the open-air stage projects 'Weseler Werft' and 'Stoffel' all present unexpected and surprising perspectives free of charge.
At the busy Dom/Römer underground station, a conventional form of transport provides the location for an exhibition programme addressing one of the central topics of our globalised world and raising the issue of cross-border mobility, both with visitors and passers-by. In his programme of work entitled 'grenzraum' (frontier) Frankfurt artist and curator Raul Gschrey collates artistic works on the subject of borders, transgressions and migration in the project display space of Frankfurt Art Association (Frankfurter Kunstverein).
The Solalanotte exhibition space is an experimental project space for students of the Städelschule art academy and is run by the students themselves. The small room in Sachsenhausen has hosted performance, concerts and exhibitions of prints, paintings and photography.
The 'basis' studio complex is at the heart of the station quarter, which has become increasingly popular with creative types in recent years. Here, the city provides studio space for artists, most of them from the Frankfurt area. The ground floor of the building is also a venue for exhibitions, performance, talks and readings.
ATELIERFRANKFURT offers studios for artists, designers, architects, film directors and curators to work in. There are also guest studios where visiting artists from abroad can work temporarily. The studio complex organises a range of exhibitions every year, with a focus on international and interdisciplinary exchanges.
For several weeks over the summer visitors can enjoy the performing arts for free at Weseler Werft (Wesel dockyard) in Frankfurt's Ostend district. Readings, open-air cinema, concerts and performance along with food and drink draw visitors of all ages to the banks of the river Main.
The Stoffel stage in Günthersburg park in the Nordend district offers daily performances from 4pm for four weeks during the summer. In the afternoon it's the turn of the younger audiences, while the evenings mostly have concerts and readings aimed at older visitors. One regular feature are appearances by editors of the satirical magazine Titanic, who always get huge laughs from the audience with their quirky stories.
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