Museum fur Moderne Kunst
|Art museums||Museum fur Moderne Kunst|
|City||Frankfurt am Main|
|About the Museum||Founded in 1981, the latest addition to Frankfurt’s museum world was baptized the »slice of cake« by locals, due to its triangular shape. In 1983 an open design competition was held to decide what the museum should look like. On May 17, 1983 Hans Hollein, a Viennese architect, was awarded the first prize and was commissioned to handle the project.
With his design for the Museum für Moderne Kunst Hans Hollein has accomplished an unusual architectural feat. He has succeeded in creating a triangular building which not only fits neatly into the triangular space available to him, but which is an experience to discover, and leaves a lasting impression on the visitor.
Very few people who enter the »slice of cake« have any idea of what the building looks like from the inside. The architecture is characterized by a succession of elements linking the different exhibition rooms – namely a series of passages offering varying perspectives on the rooms themselves. What gives the architecture dramatic tension is the relationship between the individual rooms, their proportions, and the particular forms of lighting used throughout the building.
Because the ground-plan of the building itself is so idiosyncratic, the rooms at the MMK, around 40 in total, are so individual in layout that it is difficult to compare them with the rooms in any other museum building.
|Museum Collections||The MMK is entirely devoted to contemporary art. The heart of its collection is formed by a group of 84 works dating from the 60s. The collection includes works by Chamberlain, de Maria, Johns, Judd, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Segal and Warhol, as well as Bacon, Klein, Palermo, Rainer, Richter, Ruthenbeck and Walter.From the mid-80s onwards this stock has been supplemented with contemporary art works.
Approximately every six months there is a ‘Change of Scene’ at the museum, which involves six to eight rooms being refitted.