MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone +49 69 212 30447
Fax +49 69 212 37882
The youngest of Frankfurt's museums was founded in 1981. In 1983, there was an open competition held for proposals for the museum building. On May 17, 1983 Vienna-based architect Hans Hollein was awarded 1st Prize and commissioned to handle the project. MMK officially opened in June 1991.
Hans Hollein's design rests on two premises. Firstly, he took the urban setting into account and the specific conditions of the site. Secondly, he focused on MMK's planned "program" and the functional requirements this entailed, namely the need to present the visual arts to the broader general public in such a way that the art was foregrounded as regards both the building's content and the outer skin.
According to Hans Hollein, there can be no neutral space within a museum, "but only characteristic spaces of different sizes (and the access routes) that enter a dialectical relationship with the artwork, to their reciprocal advancement." And in the form of Museum für Moderne Kunst, which owing to the shape of its footprint Frankfurt citizens and all lovers of post-modern architecture refer to as the "piece of cake", Hollein achieved a miracle. He succeeded, for example, in structuring the triangular building on the triangular site such that a tour of the building becomes an emphatic experience in its own right. Hardly a visitor can guess on first setting foot in MMK what it will look like from the inside.
The main entrance to the museum is located on the corner of Domstrasse and Braubachstrasse, ensuring a clear access point and linking the edifice to the city's ancient heart. The building is structured around a central hall that is suffused with natural light from above, and from which you can not only see but also reach all MMK's various rooms and floors. What makes the architecture so exciting is the relationship of the individual rooms to one another, their varying proportions, and the specific use of light in the building as a whole.
MMK contains almost 40 rooms and owing to the particular shape of the building, they have been individually designed such that it is hard to compare them with customary museum rooms encountered elsewhere. The result is a marvelous balance of architecture and art. Visitor perceive the architecture thanks to the art, and vice versa.
For the main building of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main – the MMK 1 –, the spatial expansion offers a long-desired means of presenting outstanding works from the Collection on a permanent basis. Highlights and classics of international contemporary art are accessible to the visitors in the post-modern architectural icon by Hans Hollein in Domstrasse 10: works by Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Hanne Darboven, Douglas Gordon, On Kawara, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol are among the MMK’s most popular works that will now be continually accessible to the public.
The Collection display is accompanied by large-scale temporary exhibitions and retrospectives featuring important international contemporary artists every three to four months. These exhibitions contextualise and broaden the approach to the Collection.
The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and the DekaBank look back over many years of cooperation in the development of the museum’s collection and as founding partners of the MMK 2. On the occasion of its 100th birthday, the DekaBank is making a donation of major works to the MMK from its collection. The gift encompasses four installations, in part quite large in size, by the artists Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Michael Beutler, Tue Greenfort and Martin Kippenberger.
With the works of Cao Fei, Richard Mosse and Paulo Nazareth, the exhibition EXTREME. NOMADS at MMK 1 focuses on different aspects of contemporary forms of nomadic existence and addresses the dissolution of boundaries in politics, economy, society, and culture. The artists from three continents are not only investigating the individual, social and political extremes that are a result of globalisation, but also their own artistic strategies move across and alongside these boundaries.
With public transport:
U-Bahn metro lines: U4 and U5, Stop Dom / Römer
Trams: 11 and 12, Stop Römer / Paulskirche
S-Bahn (S1 – S6): Stop Konstablerwache
The MMK 1 is only 3 minutes walking distance from the stops Dom / Römer (U-Bahn) or Römer / Paulskirche (tram).
With the car:
A5 > Exit Westkreuz Frankfurt > B648 > follow signs to Dom / Römer
A3, A66 > Exit Offenbach / Kaiserlei > follow signs to Dom / Römer
Parkhaus Dom / Römer, Domstraße 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Parkhaus Konstabler, Töngesgasse 8, 60311 Frankfurt am Main