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Birthplace of a genius: Goethe's House

Birthplace of a genius: Goethe's House

According to Goethe himself, he was born "on the stroke of twelve" on 28 August 1749. Today the Goethe House and Goethe Museum stand on the site of the house in Grosser Hirschgraben where he was born, which has been faithfully restored.

Also open to the public, the writer's study on the second floor is furnished as it was in his time. This is where Goethe wrote 'Götz von Berlichingen', 'Faust' and 'The Sorrows of Young Werther'. The furniture and fittings in the kitchen, living quarters and reception rooms reflect those typical of a middle-class household in the late baroque period.

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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:

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

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Schirn Kunsthalle
Bendergasse
60311 Frankfurt am Main

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
This meeting point for international media is a major cultural event. The publishing and media sector is innovative, varied and international like nowhere else. This year, Norway is the guest of honour.

Upcoming dates:

16.10.2019 - 20.10.2019

Venue

Centre de conférence à Francfort-sur-le-Main
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt

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

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:

23.10.2019 - 16.02.2020

13.11.2019 - 06.02.2020

Venue

Städel Museum
Dürerstraße 2
60596 Frankfurt am Main

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

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