As the financial center of Germany, Frankfurt isn't exactly known for its art scene. Since it's a big city, it' easy to think that this bustling city provides the same type of creative space as similar metropolises like New York, Paris, and London. But in reality, Berlin trumps Frankfurt in terms of the most artistic cities in Germany. It's not even comparable at this point. However, that doesn't mean Frankfurt doesn't have its fair share of art galleries that show off the best of the best of the country's artistic industry and contemporary scene. Here are a few you might want to know about.
Located at the heart of the city, Museum Für Moderne Kunst stands as one of the most popular museums in Frankfurt. It opened back in 1981 and has continuously welcomed all sorts of visitors since then. Today, the museum houses around 4,500 pieces of contemporary and modern art, ranging from artworks from the 1960s to today. Famously, many of its pieces come from well-renowned collectors and artists themselves, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. And more than just your standard gallery, Museum Für Moderne Kunst also serves as the premier exhibition space for current and up-and-coming artists to present their works.
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One of the biggest museums in all of Frankfurt, Städel Museum is definitely a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. It houses a stunning collection of historic and classical European art, consisting of 2,700 paintings, 100,000 drawings, 600 sculptures, and more. Many of which are works of great masters like Renoir, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Degas, and the like. Notably, the museum also has quite a history, starting from its founding in 1871, having been emptied during World War II to avoid destruction from air raids and its eventual reconstruction and renovation in the 1990s.
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The German Architecture Museum
Located in Museumsufer, one of the popular districts in Frankfurt
known for its collection of different galleries, the German Architecture Museum stands as one of its crown jewels. Although the building itself came from the 19th-century, both its interior and displays are modern. As its name says, the gallery is all about the history of architecture, ranging from the stone huts and temples from ancient times to the more contemporary geometric designs where most skyscrapers come from. Of course, it has a particular focus on German architecture, from the pre-medieval Carolingian styles to the more famous and contemporary Bauhaus look.
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Wild Eva Gallerie
Wild Eva Gallerie was initially founded in Steckborn, Switzerland back in 1980. It wasn't until 1990 when it opened its own branch here in Frankfurt. Since then, the gallery has remained a popular fixture in the city's art scene. Wild Eva Gallerie serves as the go-to space for modern art. Since it's not as established as Museum Für Moderne Kunst, it's more welcoming to up-and-coming artists and even art students to present their work. It also doesn't shy away from putting a variety of disciplines at the forefront, from painting and photography to sculptures and the digital arts.
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Atelier Frankfurt e.V.
The Atelier Frankfurt e.V. is actually famous in Frankfurt for two things. Firstly, it's one of the more popular art galleries in the city. From its main displays to the exhibits it hosts, the museum serves as a shrine to modern art and plays a central role in the city's art scene. In fact, the gallery's main canteen has seen many congregations of local and international creatives exchanging ideas, sharing works, going into fervent debates, and more. The other reason why Atelier Frankfurt e.V. is so famous is because it also serves as an events place that has hosted many concerts, music festivals, and the like.
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Museum Junge Kunst
Out of all the museums on this list, Museum Junge Kunst is probably the most ironic. The gallery is housed in the city's former town hall, a historic structure that outwardly displayed tinges of neo-gothic architecture. But when you go inside, you'll find that all of its displays are works of young artists and modern-day creatives. From postmodern art to venturing into digital art, the pieces here are probably the most contemporary you'll find in the entire city. Furthermore, Museum Junge Kunst has also established its own educational program to further help young artists. It's no wonder the place has earned the moniker, “Young Art Museum.”
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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Since Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is located in Innenstadt, one of the central parts of the city, it's fairly easy to get to via public transport
. And you'll want to get here as soon as you can since the place houses work from some of the most notable artists in history. Thanks to its clash of classic and contemporary works, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has long served as the go-to place to see iconic 20th-century pieces. From Frida Kalo to Salvador Dali, you'll find big names in the art world here. And if you're lucky, there might be an exhibit going on when you go here too!
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Now, how about a look into a specific form of art that's rarely given the spotlight? Housed in the historic Kronberg House, which goes all the way back to the 16th-century, the Höchster Porzellan-Museum is all about porcelain pieces. Glimmering with their fine finishes and pastel tones, these romantic works of art will enchant anyone who visits its sophisticated displays. Porcelain art is one of the most underrated yet has a scope larger than most other disciplines. The Höchster Porzellan-Museum displays works from Ancient China to the Rococo period, chronicling the journey of the art from the east to the west and beyond.
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Don't think that just because Frankfurt is all about finance, art doesn't have a place here. On the contrary, the city has a few exciting art galleries to offer, displaying a myriad of works that range from classic to contemporary and beyond!
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