2012 ::: Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Review 2012


Pssst. An Exhibition for Kids

15 December 2012 —
27 January 2013

With the exhibition "Pssst", the MMK is directing its attention to its very youngest visitors. Nine artists of Frankfurt and eight from England have developed and produced works especially for children between the ages of five and twelve. The core theme of the show at the MMK Zollamt is secrets, which the artists have investigated and depicted in all their widely differing forms.


A Jack Smith Room in the MMK

Extra Trouble

2 November 2012 —
13 January 2013

Concentrating on Smith’s photographic work, the exhibition at the MMK will feature a colour photo series of the early 1960s as well as the 1970s slide projections.


Exhibition by the Städelschule Graduates 2012


18 October 2012 —
11 November 2012

For the fourth time the graduates of the Städelschule will exhibit their exam works in an institutional space.


Alex Monteith

Exercise Blackbird

5 October 2012 —
25 November 2012

The films and film installations by the artist and director Alex Monteith of New Zealand are characterized by a strong visual and poetic language of remarkable compositional clarity. Her works revolve around the themes of speed, endurance and high performance.
Within the Frankfurter Buchmesse.


Thomas Scheibitz

One-Time Pad

19 September 2012 —
13 January 2013

The Œuvre of Thomas Scheibitz (*1968 near Dresden) is as extensive as it is multi-faceted. Within this context, the painter will explore the theme of the human figure, which will be the chief motif of a solo exhibition by this artist for the first time.


Mauricio Gaullén

Avenida Progreso

28 July 2012 —
16 September 2012

The work of the Mexican-born artist Mauricio Guillén (b. 1971) encompasses film, photography, text works and objects. Guillén combines personal experience with the conceptual strategies he uses to explore how images and language influence our understanding of culture and history.
The chief focus of the exhibition at the MMK Zollamt will be Guillén’s most recent 16-mm black-and-white film "Avenida Progreso", for which he returned to Mexico City, where he spent his childhood and teenage years.


Works from the MMK Collection

Fotografie Total

3 June 2012 —
13 January 2013

In displays changing regularly over a period of seven months, the MMK will show new thematic ensembles with a focus on important conceptual strategies as well as the architectural photography in its holdings. This presentation mode will permit the museum to place several hundred works on view in suspenseful and unexpected constellations, and thus to unfold an impressive panorama of artistic photography.


Erik van Lieshout


3 June 2012 —
13 January 2013

In 2010 Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout (1968) was commissioned to make a film about Zuidplein, a shopping mall in the South of Rotterdam. Van Lieshout lived and worked in this neighborhood for 14 years and made a couple of his films there: Respect which was shown at the Dutch pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and Awakening (2005). After living abroad for several years Van Lieshout approached the commission, seeking an opportunity to return to this working-class district that is home to several large immigrant communities.



20 April 2012 —
8 July 2012

From April to October, 2012, RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain is presenting outstanding international examples of contemporary photography and video art. RAY consists of a main exhibition distributed between three central locations in Frankfurt am Main and numerous partner exhibitions and projects in Frankfurt and the surrounding region.


Saâdane Afif

Anthologie de l'humour noir

18 February 2012 —
1 April 2012

The French artist Saâdane Afif (b. 1970) – recipient of the acclaimed Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009 – is coming to the MMK Zollamt to stage the first solo exhibition of his works ever to take place in a German museum. The exhibition title was derived from André Breton's Surrealist work Anthologie de l'humour noir of 1940.




11 February 2012 —
13 May 2012

"In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes"
(Andy Warhol) 

The exhibition collects 80 works of Andy Warhol for the first time, which have been influnced by contemporary newspaper and other mass media.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the gallery Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.