Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
|Art museums||Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt|
|About the Museum||The SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT is one of Europe’s most renowned exhibition institutions. Since 1986, more than 130 exhibitions have been realized, including major surveys dedicated to art nouveau in Vienna, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism, the history of photography, or contemporary positions in sound art or on the subject of “Shopping – A Century of Art and Consumer Culture,” as well as retrospectives of Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Bill Viola, Arnold Schönberg, Henri Matisse, Julian Schnabel, James Lee Byars and Yves Klein. . The SCHIRN, with Max Hollein as director, presents explosive issues and topical aspects of artistic oevres in a concise language under contemporary aspects. Being a venue of discoveries, the SCHIRN offers both sides to its visitors: an original sensuous experience and committed involvement in cultural discussion.
The name of the Schirn Kunsthalle is historical. The German word “Schirn” originally meant an open-air stall for selling goods. Until the end of the Second World War, there was a Schirn street at the downtown location where the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has been located since 1986. Well into the nineteenth century the sellers’ stands of the Frankfurt butchers’ guild were situated “an der Schern.” After the destruction of the old town in 1944 this downtown area remained unreconstructed for the next thirty-seven years. The Schirn’s complex of buildings, designed and planned by the architectural firm of Bangert, Jansen, Scholz & Schultes and with an exhibition space of 2000 m2, created a modern connection between the central historical structures of the cathedral and the Römer city hall. The founding of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt took place during the culturally fruitful period between 1970 and 1990 under Frankfurt’s deputy mayor for cultural affairs, Hilmar Hoffmann, a period that also saw the famed Frankfurt Museumsufer (Museum Riverbank) achieve its present importance. Since 1986 the Schirn has formed a center of urban integration in the heart of Germany’s business metropolis, and it is an impulse for cultural discussion of European rank.
|Museum Collections||The ‘Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt’ is one of Germany’s most renowned exhibition institutions. Since 1986, more than 100 exhibitions have been realized, including major surveys dedicated to Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism, the history of photography, or contemporary positions in sound art, as well as one man shows of Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Bill Viola, and Henri Matisse. Max Hollein, Director of the ‘Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt’, considers it the Schirn’s duty ‘to present explosive issues and topical aspects of artistic oeuvres in a concise language under contemporary aspects. Being a venue of discoveries, the Schirn offers both sides to its visitors: an original, sensuous experience and committed involvement in the cultural discussion.’ Offering an imaginative approach to the exhibition contents, workshops for grown-ups and kids open up new insights in a playful manner.|