SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt was officially opened on February 28, 1986. Since then, the Schirn has presented more than 220 exhibitions on roughly 2,000 m² of floor space – and welcomed over eight million visitors. The Schirn is not only one of the most prestigious and internationally recognized art institutions in Europe, but also a constant in the cultural life of the city of Frankfurt – a place of encounter where interested citizens, patrons and partners, young and established artists, dedicated friends and people from all over the world come together. The Schirn program focuses on themes, discourses and trends of relevance to art and cultural history from a contemporary perspective. Its goal is to introduce new points of view and break away from traditional modes of reception. The exhibitions are devoted in equal measure to contemporary artistic positions and the art of the modern era. The Schirn regards itself as a place of discovery and a seismograph designed to register explosive developments in visual art. It also offers a distinctive range of current and focused educational and communicative activities for all age groups – including the permanent games and learning circuit, the MINISCHIRN and the Digitorial, a digital offer for visitors preparing to view an exhibition. In recent years, the Schirn has also continued to build upon its role as a pioneer in the field of integrated online communication through numerous progressive applications and projects like the relaunch of the website as a digital companion – before, during, and after visiting an exhibition – or the free WiFi in all rooms of the Schirn. Besides the website the Schirn Magazine with its numerous articles and features has established itself as an important online medium for the contemporary art and culture scene over the years.

Yoko Ono, 2013, Foto Gaby Gerster
Doug Aitken, 2015, Foto: Alexander Englert
Michel Houellebecq, 2017, Foto: Neven Allgeier
Alicja Kwade, 2015, Foto Norbert Miguletz
Ulay, 2016, Foto: Alexander Englert
Daniel Richter, 2015, Foto: Norbert Miguletz
Isabel Lewis, 2017, Foto: Neven Allgeier
Ed Fornieles, 2017, Foto: Neven Allgeier
Tobias Rehberger, 2014, Foto: Gaby Gerster

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is one of the most important exhibition venues in Europe. Since opening in 1986, it has presented more than 200 exhibitions on around 2,000 m² of floor space and can boast a total of more than 8 million visitors.


Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, General Information

10.11.2017 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt was officially opened on February 28, 1986. Since then, the Schirn has presented more than 220 exhibitions on roughly 2,000 m² of floor space – and welcomed over eight million visitors. The Schirn is not only one of the most prestigious and internationally recognized art institutions in Europe, but also a constant in the cultural life of the city of Frankfurt – a place of encounter where interested citizens, patrons and partners, young and established artists, dedicated friends and people from all over the world come together.

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PHILIPP DEMANDT TAKES OFFICE AS NEW DIRECTOR IN FRANKFURT AM MAIN

29.09.2016 | The Städel Museum, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung have a new director. On 1 October 2016, Dr Philipp Demandt will begin his work at the head of the three cultural institutions of Frankfurt. The art historian was chosen within the framework of an intensive national and international search for a successor to Max Hollein. He was previously the director of the Alte Nationalgalerie, a museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz. At the press conference held today on the occasion of his assumption of office, Demandt (b. 1971) was introduced by Prof Dr Nikolaus Schweickart, chairman of the Städel Museum administration, and Dr Ina Hartwig, deputy mayor in charge of culture of the city of Frankfurt am Main.

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Max Hollein leaves post at the Städel Museum, Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

23.03.2016 | After more than fifteen years in Frankfurt am Main, Max Hollein is resigning as head of the Städel Museum, Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. As of 1 June 2016, Hollein will serve as director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), the largest public art institution in Northern California and, with 1.6 million visitors in 2014, the fourth most frequently visited museum in the U.S.

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THE SCHIRN TURNS THIRTY

25.02.2016 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt was officially opened on February 28, 1986. Since then, the Schirn has presented more than 220 exhibitions on roughly 2,000 m² of floor space – and welcomed over eight million visitors. The Schirn is not only one of the most prestigious and internationally recognized art institutions in Europe, but also a constant in the cultural life of the city of Frankfurt – a place of encounter where interested citizens, patrons and partners, young and established artists, dedicated friends and people from all over the world come together. In the first highlight of its anniversary year 2016, the Schirn is presenting the exhibition entitled “Joan Miró. Painting Walls, Painting Worlds“. The grand Schirn Summerfest will also be part of the thirtieth-anniversary celebration.

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THE SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT'S NEW WEBSITE

27.10.2015 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting its new website at www.schirn.de/en. Besides a fundamentally altered design, the new web presence is based on a pioneering concept: to offer visitors a digital companion—before, during, and after visiting an exhibition. In doing so, the Schirn is responding in an innovative way to the demanding and changing use behavior of its visitors. The new website was developed based on the needs of all groups of visitors. It focuses on extensive information about the exhibitions as well as the overall Schirn program with its wide range of educational and communication opportunities. An intelligent technical set-up enables the display of individualized as well as differentiated contents and information about the Schirn depending on the respective device in use, the day of the week, and the time of access. Within only a few months, the Schirn designed and implemented this new website in collaboration with the Frankfurt-based digital agency Henne / Ordnung. It features a slender main navigation; a clear, dynamic visual language; a dual distribution of text, image, and video contents at the central axis; as well as a semantic search, consistently carrying on the Schirn’s corporate identity. The site is responsive, which means that it is viewable on all popular screen sizes—from the smartphone and the tablet to the desktop computer—without restrictions. Besides the Schirn website, the visuals of the Schirn Magazine www.schirn-mag.com were also fundamentally altered. For the purpose of reinforcing its magazine character, a different typography was selected than for the new website. The text, image, and video elements have more space, can be displayed larger than ever before, and in doing so facilitate reading ease.

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FREE WIFI IN THE SCHIRN AND THE STÄDEL

02.02.2015 | Starting with the new exhibition year 2015, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and the Städel Museum offer free-of-charge WiFi throughout their premises; visitors of both art institutions will have free access to the Internet as of February 05, 2015. The Schirn and the Städel are the first two venues of this size in Germany, which provide free-of-charge and unlimited WiFi in all their exhibition areas. During their visit, users will be able to communicate online, inform themselves about contents and subjects of the presented shows, exchange views in the social media, for instance, as well as capture special experiences and share them directly and rapidly. In addition, visitors may download digital educational offers such as the digitorials, apps, and audio guides for specific shows and collections successfully used by both institutions, and run these offers on their own devices. In addition, articles and videos from the Schirn magazine, the Städel blog, and the YouTube channels of both houses are easily accessible for use online during visits of the Schirn and the Städel. The Schirn’s WiFi will be available with the start of the exhibition “Poetry of the Metropolis. The Affichistes” from February 05, 2015. The Städel’s WiFi can also be used as of February 05, 2015.

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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, exterior view © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Rotunda of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2016, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, exterior view © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, interior view © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "ME" © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2016, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "SPLEDOR AND MISERY IN THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC. FROM OTTO DIX TO JEANNE MAMMEN", Ausstellungsansicht "GLANZ UND ELEND IN DER WEIMARER REPUBLIK: VON OTTO DIX BIS JEANNE MAMMEN" © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "MAGRITTE. THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES", © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „STORM WOMEN. WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE IN BERLIN 1910–1932“ © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2015, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Opening of the exhibition „DOUG AITKEN“ © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2015, Photo: Alexander Paul Englert

Exhibition view "DOUG AITKEN" (Song One) © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2015, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition "SPLENDOR AND MISERY IN THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC", poster in the city of Frankfurt, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „ESPRIT MONTMARTRE. BOHEMIAN LIFE IN PARIS AROUND 1900” © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „TOBIAS REHBERGER. HOME AND AWAY AND OUTSIDE” © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2014, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition “RONI HORN. PORTRAIT OF AN IMAGE”, Poster in the city of Frankfurt © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2013, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition “STREET-ART BRAZIL“ in the city of Frankfurt © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2013, Photo: Norbert Miguletz