2017 ::: Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Review 2017


Ed Atkins. Corpsing

3 February 2017 —
14 May 2017

How do technologization, automatization and digitalization impact our individual life realities? This is the momentous question Ed Atkins (b. in Oxford, GB in 1982) pursues in his extensive presentation at the MMK 1 of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.


Claudia Andujar. Tomorrow must not be like yesterday

18 February 2017 —
25 June 2017

The exhibition "Claudia Andujar. Tomorrow must not be like yesterday" is the first in Europe to provide extensive insights into the photographic œuvre of Claudia Andujar (b. in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1931). The artist and activist has lived in São Paulo since 1955.


Primary Structures. Masterworks of Minimal Art

22 February 2017 —
13 August 2017

Among the holdings of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main is an important collection of outstanding works of minimal art of the 1960s and '70s. In a major survey featuring nearly fifty artists, the MMK is now presenting the masterworks of this collection comprehensively for the first time.


Carolee Schneemann. Kinetic Painting

31 May 2017 —
24 September 2017

Carolee Schneemann (* 1939), who was awarded the Golden Lion 2017 of the Biennale di Venezia, went down in art history as a pioneer of performance art. Addressing gender roles, sexuality and the use of the body in art, her works had a trailblazing influence on subsequent generations of artists. In this survey, the MMK will present her well-known works and performances side by side with examples rarely or never shown to date, thus drawing attention to new facets of her artistic contribution.


Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017

29 June 2017 —
17 September 2017

The exhibition of works by the finalists of Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is taking place at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main for the second time.


I AM A PROBLEM. Staged by Ersan Mondtag

23 September 2017 —
18 February 2018

Selfie hype, veggie boom, plastic surgery, fitness mania – What’s our problem? In times of grotesque self-optimization and the ubiquitous pressure to achieve, the exhibition I AM A PROBLEM invites you on a journey through the ups and downs of human existence. Presented by theatre director and set designer Ersan Mondtag, the MMK 2 becomes sombre but nevertheless tantalizing parallel realm where works from the MMK collection become protagonists of a narrative and engage in dialogue.


Sara Cwynar. Soft Film

29 September 2017 —
5 November 2017

Sara Cwynar (b. 1985) is the recipient of the 18th Baloise Art Prize. In a manner as entertaining as it is complex, her work Soft Film (2016) explores fundamental aspects of photography, its production and its dissemination in digital and analogue systems.


Home of the Brave. Graduates of the Städelschule 2017

18 October 2017 —
12 November 2017

Featuring altogether thirty-eight artists, this year’s presentation allows in-depth insights into the multifaceted work of the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule – graduates. With the MMK 3 as its primary venue, the show is also staging works in rooms of the museum’s main building, the MMK 1, for the first time.


Lisa Pahlke and Richard Leue

Head or tail

1 November 2017 —
4 February 2018

For forty years, the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung has been supporting young artists at the start of their careers. Its partnership with the MMK enables the Scholars from the area of the visual arts to exhibit their works at the MMK 3. The Scholars of 2016/17 Richard Leue and Lisa Pahlke come from the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden, where both developed a highly individual artistic style in the course of their studies.

The exploration of line as a space-defining, volume-forming element is characteristic of Lisa Pahlke’s (b. 1987) large-scale works on paper, which spark associations of abstract landscape depictions. Lined up in dense rows, the felt-tip lines yield organic structures suggesting movement and thus challenging
the limits of our perception.

Within the framework of his Ponto Scholarship, Richard Leue (b. 1986) travelled Northern Iraq, where he captured his impressions of the peoples life in different ways. His figurative
drawings are like snapshots that provide insights into the living conditions and the conflict-ridden reality of present-day Northern Iraq, which is home to the so-called autonomous Kurdish territory.

Opening: Thursday, 7 December 2017, 7 pm