MINISCHIRN

Since December 2014, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt offers a space of creative experience for children from the age of three to primary school age: the MINISCHIRN. This innovative permanent installation pivoted on the topics of color, form, and structure offers the institution’s youngest visitors an extraordinary games and learning circuit. On the one hand, the circuit is strongly frequented by day care center and primary school groups from Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area; on the other, individual children embark on a voyage of discovery on their own under supervision by the art education department’s didactically trained staff, while their parents visit the Schirn’s current exhibitions with concentration and at ease. There is no admission fee for these children. With its MINISCHIRN concept, the Schirn Kunsthalle underscores its pioneering role in the art education of children and young visitors and presents itself as a vibrant cultural institution for a diversified public. Together with Atelier Markgraph, Frankfurter Agentur für Kommunikation im Raum, the Schirn’s art education department has developed a dynamic architectural solution that recalls tree-houses and breaks up the rigid lines of the former Schirn bookshop’s rooms, yet in its clarity reflects the building’s language of forms.

CHILDREN PLAYFULLY EXPLORE COLOR, FORM, AND STRUCTURE IN THE MINISCHIRN, WHILE THEIR PARENTS ENJOY THE EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW.

FAMILY AFTERNOON IN THE MINISCHIRN

The MINISCHIRN belongs to the children. Here they may move around independently and consciously without their parents under supervision by the art education department’s didactically trained staff and explore the topical fields of aesthetic perception.

But every Wednesday 3–6 p.m. is Family Afernoon and the children can show and explain the MINISCHIRN to their parents.


MINISCHIRN. General information

05.03.2018 | Since December 2014, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt offers a space of creative experience for children from the age of three to primary school age: the MINISCHIRN. This innovative permanent installation pivoted on the topics of color, form, and structure offers the institution’s youngest visitors an extraordinary games and learning circuit. On the one hand, the circuit is strongly frequented by day care center and primary school groups from Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area; on the other, individual children embark on a voyage of discovery on their own, while their parents visit the Schirn’s current exhibitions with concentration and at ease. There is no admission fee for these children. The MINISCHIRN offers a stimulating environment in which the young visitors may move around independently and consciously without their parents or adult guardians under supervision by the art education department’s didactically trained staff. With its MINISCHIRN concept, the Schirn Kunsthalle underscores its pioneering role in the art education of children and young visitors and presents itself as a vibrant cultural institution for a diversified public.

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Minischirn. Concept and Architecture

05.03.2018 | An artistically designed space for experience, the MINISCHIRN offers its young visitors a secure haven where they may give free rein to their urge to move and their passion for discovering things and will find a counterweight to the restricted sensory and motor possibilities provided by most exhibition projects in the fine arts. Aiming at a combination of creativity, playing, and the acquisition of knowledge, the Schirn centers its attention on the enormous potential of learning that may be brought to bear through aesthetic processes. Independent of the specific approaches and subjects of individual exhibitions, children visiting the MINISCHIRN will be able to dedicate themselves autonomously to the basic principles of artistic practice and theory, gather aesthetic experiences, and apply their newly acquired insights. By discovering, examining, and getting into touch with forms, colors, structures, and materials as well as by building, changing, and designing things, they deal with their environment and obtain basic skills as regards their aesthetic alphabetization. Playing with objects reinforces their perceptive faculties and makes them familiar with the expressive and creative possibilities their bodies are endowed with. Exploring complex contexts and patterns improves their problem-solving skills, and the children come to trust in their own powers. By interacting with others, they develop collaborative and communicative abilities. The program of the MINISCHIRN is based on understanding children as designers of their development, their knowledge, and their skills who actively open up the world to themselves. For only exploring, discovering, investigating, and testing will help children to unearth the phenomena of life and understand their interrelationship.

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Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Explore, Examine, Enjoy: The MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Architectual illustration of the MINISCHIRN © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Atelier Markgraph, Agency for Spatial Communication Frankfurt, 2014

MINISCHIRNIs (Animated characters of the MINISCHIRN) © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014

MINISCHIRNIs (Animated characters of the MINISCHIRN) © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014