• Frankfurt, Städel extension
    Frankfurt, Städel extension ©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main (Neo Rauch)
  • Frankfurt, Portikus
    Frankfurt, Portikus ©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main
  • Frankfurt, Schirn art gallery
    Frankfurt, Schirn art gallery ©Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2013 (Foto: Norbert Miguletz)

Frankfurt am Main - city of art

Modern art in Frankfurt

Radical and monumental, but also experimental and multidisciplinary. Some of Frankfurt's exhibition spaces are dedicated exclusively to the very latest art. The Städel extension and the Schirn art gallery, along with the Museum of Modern Art (MMK) and the Portikus exhibition hall show art from 1945 to the present day.

At the beginning of 2012 the acclaimed Städel Museum opened a spectacular underground extension for its post-1945 collection. Designed by Frankfurt architects Schneider+Schumacher, this extension increases the exhibition space by 3,000 square metres and represents an important step in the ongoing optimisation of Frankfurt's museum embankment. Artworks that used to languish in storage can now be made accessible to the public. Another distinctive conceptual feature is the idea of arranging the works in themed rooms rather than in chronological order.

The Schirn art gallery in Frankfurt is among Europe's leading exhibition venues for everything from Modernism to contemporary art, regularly breaking its own visitor number records. The range extends from individual exhibitions featuring artists such as Jeff Koons and Edvard Munch to group exhibitions such as 'The female Impressionists' or the performance series 'Playing the city', which brought art into the public domain over three summers.

The Museum of Modern Art (MMK) has been dedicated to presenting contemporary works of art for more than 20 years. The Austrian architect Hans Hollein designed the unusual, playful building, which acquired the nickname 'the piece of cake' due to its triangular shape. The permanent exhibition of the MMK comprises installations as well as two-dimensional works, supplemented by changing group and individual exhibitions.

The Portikus exhibition hall, founded in 1987 and housed in a building on a small island in the river Main since 2006, is of great interest to all fans of contemporary art. Olafur Eliasson's LightLab installation draws attention to the hall from the Frankfurt side.

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