Opening Hours

Tuesday, Friday–Sunday 10am – 7pm
Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 10pm

The SCHIRN presents art pieces that also func­tion as musical instru­ments

BIG ORCHESTRA

19 JUNE – 8 SEPTEMBER 2019

Contemporary art has its very own sound. Yet musical instruments, which are simultaneously sculptures, represent a recent development in contemporary art that is still relatively unknown. The starting point for the concept is the extension of the definition of art and music by the Fluxus movement of the 1960s: happenings or actions were understood as “concerts”, because they were structured in a similar fashion. In a group exhibition featuring international artists the SCHIRN presents pieces that also function as musical instruments. The focus of the exhibition, which is itself in a state of constant flux, is the playing of these sculptural instruments. For the duration of the show, the SCHIRN will temporarily morph into a concert hall as the works are activated and sounds arise. Visitors will thus experience the sound of artworks live. The key moment of BIG ORCHESTRA is the activation of the sculptural instruments. Renowned musi­cians from the fields of New and Exper­i­mental Music will work with the instru­ments in the exhi­bi­tion in various formats, such as SOUND SESSIONS, and will also develop new compo­si­tions. Composer Orm Finnendahl will ultimately produce "Music for Exhibitions" from all the sounds of the exhibition. During the BIG O WEEKEND and the BIG O HANGOUTS artists will infuse their own works with sound.

BE PART OF BIG O! Visitors are invited to participate in special formats and to interact with selected works in the exhibition.

TICKETS

10 €, reduced 8 €
children under 8 admitted free and members of the Kinder-
KunstKlub free. Family ticket 20 €, pre-registered school groups and groups of
children 1 €. Free entrance to the MINISCHIRN with exhibition ticket

BIG O WEEKEND
Two for One!

10 €, reduced 8 €
Pay the one-off entrance fee for the BIG O WEEKEND and visit the exhibition
and any accompanying events on 22–23 June as often and as much as you want!

BIG O PASS

30 € , reduced fee 24 €
With your BIG O Festival Pass you can visit the exhibition as often as you want.
For its entire duration!

TRAVEL TIP

SHORT TRIPS TO FRANKFURT

A weekend of fine art with free admission to the SCHIRN and its exhibition BIG ORCHESTRA. Overnight stay including breakfast buffet at a hotel of your choice, a Frankfurt Card for two days and the Frankfurt Information Package. 

Price from 70 € per person/double room

SUPPORTED BY

KULTURFONDS FRANKFURT RHEIN-MAIN

SCHIRN FREUNDE

MUSIKFONDS mit Projektmitteln der BEAUFTRAGTEN DER BUNDESREGIERUNG FÜR KULTUR UND MEDIEN