A Yoko Ono retrospective, beauty and revolution and German architects’ best buildings – this year once again numerous exhibitions are drawing lovers of art to the Main. The Museum of Applied Art (MAK) has a special treat in store: before the building is reopened after its remodelling, visitors can look around it empty – the building itself acting here as a work of art.
The new edition of the ‘German Architecture Yearbook’, published by the German Architecture Museum (DAM), shows, using 22 examples, a cross-section of architectural activity in Germany and buildings designed by German architects abroad. All of the buildings are illustrated with photos, plans and models in an exhibition in the DAM from 26th January to 21st April. The exhibition’s focus is on Max Dulder, the winner of the DAM prize for architecture in Germany. ‘Baptised, expelled – and forgotten? Protestants of Jewish origin 1933-45’ is the title of an exhibition being run from 15th January to 3rd February by the Institute of City History. Together with the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau, the institute is devoting its attention to the fate of baptised Jews in the Frankfurt inner-city communities. The show has been touring the communities for a year, being supplemented in each district with a board showing the area’s own history. To finish off the tour, the complete work can now be seen in the cloister of the Carmelite Monastery. A similar topic is tackled by the exhibition entitled ‘Join us! Leave us! –
Why people change their religion.’ It runs from May to September 2013 in the Judengasse Museum and tells of the different ways in which religions deal with the issue of conversion, of the multitude of individual motives, of rituals, of converts and of their dramas – across the ages and across Europe. It provides accounts, among others, of famous personalities, such as Heinrich Heine and Gustav Mahler. In a large special exhibition the Städel Museum devotes itself from 20th February to 26th May to Classicism and how it inspired the Romanticist Era.
The exhibition, called ‘Beauty and revolution. Classicism 1770-1820’, was put together in collaboration with the Liebighaus sculpture collection. It brings together around 100 works from the period 1770 to 1820. From 6th March to 23rd June, the ‘Give me Five!’ exhibition presents the new acquisitions in the Städel’s Graphic Collection, which encompasses in all over 100,000 works from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era. From 8th February to 26th May, the Liebighaus is showing the exhibition ‘Back to Classicism. A new look at old Greece.’ Perhaps precisely because she polarises opinion so much, Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artists of our time. The Schirn Art Gallery is showing from 15th February to 12th May ‘Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. A Retrospective’, a presentation covering 60 years of her creative output. It includes around 100 objects, films, installations, photos and drawings, plus a music room.
Yoko Ono has even produced the ‘Moving Mountains’ installation and performance especially for the Schirn. Another retrospective is offered by the Museum of Modern Art (MMK): ‘The Krazy House’, running from 23rd February to 26th May, showcases the work of Rineke Dijkstra from Holland, who is regarded as one of the best-known photo and video artists in the world. She provides insights here into her private life and showcases artists from whom she has drawn inspiration. Thus, hanging alongside works from Andy Warhol, Douglas Gordon and On Kawara, there is for the first time in the MMK a Picasso.
The Museum of Applied Art (MAK) is still being remodelled. 27 years after its opening, the Richard Meier building is being restored to its original condition. With no internal add-ons, no conversions, no cladding, no exhibition pieces. Before the new presentation of the museum’s collection is produced, the MAK is utilising and offering the one-off opportunity to visit the building in its original form. Supported by various architecture-based events – films, talks, music and tours – the empty building is opening its doors to visitors during the last two weeks of February. On 26th April the MAK will then celebrate its reopening. ‘Temporary themed room modules’ are intended to define the look of the museum in the future. For this twelve themes are being developed and a greater emphasis is being put on fashion, performatives, design and substance. From 27th April 2013 to 27th April 2014 two exhibitions will be running: one entitled ‘Less is more. Design in Frankfurt from 1925 to 1975’ and the other ‘1607’, featuring objects of art relating to that year. Also starting on 27th April is ‘Korea Power. Design and Identity.’ This show runs until 25th August. The Senckenberg Museum shows its quality with ‘Planet 3.0 – Climate. Life. Future.’ Running from 28th February to 28th July, this exhibition at the natural history museum revolves around the future not just of Frankfurt, but of the entire planet. It showcases the work of researchers tackling the extinction of species and global warming. How they work and what they are researching is shown there in a ‘live, hands-on’ format.
Meanwhile, the Caricatura Museum is celebrating the 75th birthday of Fritz Weige, alias F.W. Bernstein, from 14th March to 7th July. The exhibition shows a selection of Bernstein’s artistic creations. ‘Last pictures – from Manet to Kippenberger’ is meanwhile the title of the exhibition in the Schirn from 28th February to 2nd June. This is devoted to works and groups of work that artists from the late 19th century to the present day have produced in the final phase of their creative lives.
Festivals and Celebrations Major festivals also have their place on our events calendar. These include the Dippemess (Pot Fair) from 22nd March to 14th April on the festival grounds at Ratsweg. The Wäldchestag (Little Wood Day) from 18th to 22nd May draws crowds out into the city woods. The Skyscraper Festival takes place on 25th and 26th May. In the heart of the banking district this is a major street festival featuring tightrope acrobatics, façade climbing, music shows, light shows and hot-air balloons. Visitors are able to view the skyscrapers from really close up. The highpoint of the rose show in the Palm Gardens from 7th to 9th June is the Festival of Light on 8th June, when thousands of candles are lit and for the grand finale a fireworks display is put on. Kim Herschmann