MMK 1|2|3

The Expansion of the MMK in the TaunusTurm

Coming this fall

TaunusTurm Tishman Speyer

TaunusTurm Fassade der Nordseite von Neuer Mainzer Strasse, Foto: Klaus Helbig

Plakat Wir sind jetzt zu dritt! MMK 1 2 3
Modell Dependance TaunusTurm
MMK 1: On Kawara, Nov.23.1997, 1977

Foto: Axel Schneider © 0n Kawara

Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time, 2003

Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © Douglas Gordon

Sturtevant, The Dark Threat of Absence Fragmented and Sliced, 2002

Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © Sturtevant

Barbara Klemm, Vor der Universität Frankfurt, 1970

Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © Barbara Klemm

MMK 2: Sarah Morris, Beijing, 2007

Filmstill © Sarah Morris

Dayanita Singh, Go Away Closer, 2013

Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2013 Foto/photo: Stephen White

Dayanita Singh, Go Away Closer, 2013

Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2013 Foto/photo: Stephen White

MMK 1: Subodh Gupta, "Two Cows", 2003-08

Photo / Foto: Ram Rahman

MMK 1: Subodh Gupta, My Family Portrait, 2013

Foto / photo: Ram Rahman

Vanessa Beecroft, vb68, 2011

Performance MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt

Within this context, the museum – now consisting of three branches – is being restructured: the MMK 1 in the main building in Domstrasse 10 will focus on the classics in the collection and temporary exhibitions of artists from all over the world, the MMK 2 in the TaunusTurm will feature changing shows of the most recent works in the collection, and the MMK 3 (the former MMK Zollamt) will present cooperation projects, events and new artistic approaches.

The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main is one of the world’s most important museums of contemporary art. Since its opening in 1991 it has been a magnet for art lovers and a fundamental element of Frankfurt culture and society. Its international collection currently encompasses some five thousand superb works dating from the 1960s to the present. Until now, it has been possible to place only a fraction of these holdings on view in changing presentations.

The status quo is now changing: the new museum branch in one of the latest additions to Frankfurt’s skyline – the TaunusTurm Tower erected in the heart of the city by the real estate developer Tishman Speyer and the Commerz Real AG – will offer manifold means of presenting a larger share of our prominent collection to the public. This autumn, with the MMK 1 in the main building in Domstrasse 10, the MMK 2 in the TaunusTurm in Taunustor 1, and the MMK 3 in the former MMK Zollamt opposite the main building, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst will reconfigure itself at three locations.

In cooperation with the planning and culture departments of the city of Frankfurt as well as the real estate developer Tishman Speyer, and with support from the MMK 2’s founding partners Stefan Quandt, the Ernst Max von Grunelius Stiftung, the Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, and the Deka Bank Deutsche Girozentrale, the MMK has succeeded in establishing a public-private partnership unique in the German museum world. Within the framework of an exclusively privately funded undertaking, the museum is gaining some two thousand square metres of additional exhibition space in the form of a branch in the TaunusTurm. Not only is Tishman Speyer placing the space at the museum’s disposal at no charge for rent or utilities for an initial term of fifteen years, but – thanks to contributions from the founding partners, the MMK Stiftung and the Freunde des MMK – the operating costs will also be covered. The MMK and the city of Frankfurt have thus created an innovative and economically sustainable model for the museum’s expansion that makes use of existing space and the joint efforts of strong and dedicated partners to bring about something entirely new.

The MMK Stiftung will play a prominent role in the financial administration of the MMK 2. With the substantial donations from Stefan Quandt and the Max Ernst von Grunelius Stiftung, the museum foundation will guarantee and finance a fundamental share of the costs of the exhibition activities to take place at the new branch, as well as a project position. The entrepreneur Stefan Quandt has contributed 1,650,000 euros to the MMK Stiftung for the financing of the MMK 2, the Ernst Max von Grunelius-Stiftung 1,000,000 euros.

As Gerd Schmitz-Morkramer from the management board of the Ernst Max von Grunelius-Stiftung comments: “The MMK has at its disposal outstanding works of the visual arts dating from the past sixty years. As a longstanding sponsor of the museum, we are now called upon to create the conditions necessary for exploiting the potential of the museum and its collection. We have accordingly decided to make this major donation to the MMK Stiftung in support of the MMK 2.”

Also among the MMK 2’s founding partners are the Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen and the DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, also partners of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst for many years. Helaba and DekaBank will moreover assume the patronage of the opening exhibition “Boom She Boom: Works from the MMK Collection”.  

Highlights and Classics

Presentation of the Collection

For the main building of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main – the future MMK 1 –, the spatial expansion offers a long-desired means of presenting outstanding works from the collection on a permanent basis. In future, highlights and classics of international contemporary art will be at the disposal of the visitors in the post-modern architectural icon by Hans Hollein in Domstrasse 10 on a long-term basis: works by Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Hanne Darboven, Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Douglas Gordon, On Kawara, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel and Andy Warhol are among the MMK’s crowd pullers that will now be continually accessible to the public.

Subodh Gupta. Everything is Inside
12 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

The first monographic exhibition at the MMK will feature the Indian artist Subodh Gupta (b. 1964) in what will be the most comprehensive solo presentation of his work to date in Europe. Frankfurt am Main will be the survey's second venue after the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. In the coming years, the MMK will focus on expanding its collection and exhibition programme through the inclusion of perspectives in non-European contemporary art. The retrospective of the Indian artist Subodh Gupta is indicative of this new programmatic orientation.

Exhibition Details

Collection and Current Themes

The new branch of the MMK – the MMK 2 – will present a new exhibition approximately every half year in the TaunusTurm, featuring works from the collection from the perspective of current themes. Artworks from the MMK’s extensive holdings will be related to contemporary issues and enhanced with new productions. Developed especially for the MMK 2, this exhibition concept combines elements of the collection presentation and the temporary thematic show. The change of presentations every six to eight months will permit the development of multifarious scenarios and, in the long term, offer a means of helping hidden treasures of the collection to visibility and placing them in new contexts.

Boom She Boom. Works from the MMK Collection
19 October 2014  - 14 June 2015

Among Germany’s contemporary art museums, the MMK is unique in that, from its founding in 1991 to the present, it has directed special attention to women artists of the past decades. Since the 1990s, works by the major German women sculptors and concept artists of the present, for example Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken and Rosemarie Trockel, have been acquired for the collection, along with those of their colleagues abroad, including Vija Celmins, Marlene Dumas, Cady Noland, Pipilotti Rist and Elaine Sturtevant. The influence of these women artists on the development of the visual arts has been and is fundamental. With their radical and uncompromising approaches, they have shaped styles and, to this day, served the following generations as important examples. With such distinctive artistic positions as those of Charlotte Posenenske, Louise Lawler, Lee Lozano and Joe Baer, the MMK collection retraces the history of contemporary art back to the early 1960s. In the area of photography as well, one of the focusses of the museum’s collection, such prominent female protagonists as Hilla Becher, Anna Blume and Candida Höfer, as well as the documentarists Barbara Klemm, Anja Niedringhaus and Abisag Tüllmann are all represented.

Exhibition Details

Focus and Future

In the spacious, storeroom-like spaces of the new MMK 3 – a former Frankfurt customs building of the year 1927 in use by the museum until now as the MMK Zollamt – current developments in contemporary art will be presented. The emphasis will be on concentrated monographic exhibitions of remarkable artists from Germany and abroad whose work has hitherto had little presence in the German museum world. Group exhibitions with various thematic focusses will also be staged, and the MMK 3 will be the venue where numerous cooperative projects come to realization. Exhibitions with graduates of the Städelschule art academy, the grant recipients of the Jürgen Ponto foundation and the recipients of the Ströher prize will be as much a part of the programme as symposia and lectures.

Dayanita Singh. Go Away Closer
27 September - 4 January 2015

In a follow-up to Dayanita Singh’s participation in the German pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, the MMK 3 will show the internationally renowned photographer’s latest pioneering workgroup. In her mobile “museum structures”, the so-called Museum Bhavan, the New Delhi artist (b. 1961) compiles photographic collections of the past twenty-five years from her archive. She arranges these photos according to typology and presents them in displays of her own design. The result is a work of retrospective character with which the artist takes stock of her oeuvre to date.

Exhibition Details 

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