MMK 1991 - 2011
20 Years of Presence

19 June - 9 October 2011

22 MMK Ausstellungsgebäude MainTor - Areal

Foto: Axel Schneider

MMK Zollamt aussen
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst bei Nacht
20 Ai Weiwei / Serge Spitzer, Ghost Gu Coming Down the Mountain, 2005/06

Raumansicht MMK, MainTor, 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

16 Stephan Balkenhol, 57 Pinguine, 1991

Installationsansicht MMK, MainTor 2011
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

06 Joseph Beuys, Capri-Batterie, 1985

(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

07 Roy Lichtenstein, Yellow and Green Brushstrokes, 1996
08 Claes Oldenburg, Bedroom Ensemble Replica, 1969
03 Katharina Fritsch, Tischgesellschaft, 1988

(c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

12 Thomas Demand, Klause V, 2006

VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

10 Sturtevant, Warhol Flowers, 1990
05 Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, Bouquet IV, 2005
Pop-Art-Raum MMK 01
21 Richter Gerhard, Fussgänger, 1963

(c) Gerhard Richter, 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

18 Anton Henning, Blumenstillleben No. 254, 2004 aus dem Frankfurter Salon, 2005

Raumansicht MMK, MainTor 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

12 Gregg Lynn / Fabian Marcaccio, The Predator, 1999

MMK Installationsansicht, 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

04 Wolfgang Tillmans

Frankfurt Installation 2011
Raumansicht MMK Frankfurt, 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

05 Isa Genzken, Oil, 2007

Installationsansicht MMK, 2011
Foto: Axel Schneider

Owing to its size and diversity, the presentation of this collection in its entirety has not been possible to date. Already at the time of its opening, the holdings comprised more works than could be displayed on the floor space offered by the museum building, a Hans Hollein design.

In the anniversary year 2011, however, we are making the hitherto impossible possible: the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst will present its collection in an unprecedented overview exhibition and allow it to shine in full glory – at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst with the adjacent MMK Zollamt, and on four thousand square metres in a building slated for demolition in the MainTor-Areal on the bank of the river Main in Frankfurt. 

For the first time in its history, the multiplication of the MMK’s exhibition space will allow it to spread out works by nearly all of the artists represented in the collection in a unique presentation. In addition to the staging of major works of outstanding significance by Nam June Paik, Christian Boltanski, Ai Wei Wei/Serge Spitzer or Franz Erhard Walther in new constellations and spaces at the MainTor-Areal, works from the MMK holdings never before shown to the public, for example by Michel Majerus, Ceal Floyer or Holger Bunk, will be introduced. The spatial concept for the exhibition building in the MainTor-Areal will be developed in cooperation with Frankfurt architect Prof. Christoph Mäckler – who incidentally is also responsible for one of the new high-rise sites in the so-called MainTor Panorama. The artist Tobias Rehberger installed his work Montevideo, Milan, New York, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore, São Paulo and Tokyo as a temporary museum café and with the design of the 600-square-metre roof terrace overlooking the Main and developed a visual routing system for the exhibition. 

At the building constructed for the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst after a design by Hans Hollein in Domstrasse in 1991, a three month presentation will feature top works from the MMK such as Roy Lichtenstein’s Yellow and Green Brushstrokes, Andy Warhol’s Green Disaster, Bruce Nauman’s Perfect Balance, Bill Viola’s The Stopping Mind, Gerhard Richter’s Fußgänger (Pedestrians) and Douglas Gordon’s Play Dead; Real Time. The post-modern building has lost nothing of its fascination; on the contrary, it has meanwhile taken on model character.
In the past two decades, many of the pieces on display here have been developed for specific spaces within the building by artists represented in the collection. No other museum in the world possesses such a large number of site-specific works. 

Find here the Film about the exhibition 



A Ai Weiwei/Serge Spitzer Francis Alÿs Carl Andre B Francis Bacon Silvia Bächli Jo Baer John Baldessari Stephan Balkenhol Robert Barry Lothar Baumgarten Thomas Bayrle Bernd und Hilla Becher Lucie Beppler Michael Beutler Joseph Beuys Bernhard Johannes Blume Christian Boltanski Martin Boyce Marc Brandenburg Christoph Brech C Miriam Cahn John Chamberlain David Claerbout D Walter Dahn Hanne Darboven Jeroen de Rijke Willem de Rooij Thomas Demand WalterDe Maria Jim Dine Marlene Dumas E Cecilia Edefalk F Hans-Peter Feldmann David Fischli/Peter Weiss Dan FlavinJochen Flinzer Parastou Forouhar Katharina Fritsch G Cyprien Gaillard Isa Genzken Robert Gober Douglas Gordon Tue Greenfort Herbert Hamak Gabi Hamm Anton Henning Georg Herold Carsten Höller Martin Honert BethanHuws J Christian Jankowski Hans Josephsohn Donald Judd K Ilya Kabakov Michael Kalmbach On Kawara Ian Kiaer Joseph Kosuth Gary Kuehn L Roy Lichtenstein Morris Louis Lee Lozano M Michel Majerus Piero Manzoni Fabian Marcaccio Teresa Margolles Anthony McCall Stephan Melzl Mario Merz Simon Dybbroe Møller Jonathan Monk Sarah Morris N Bruce Nauman Martin Neumaier Cady Noland O Marcel Odenbach Albert Oehlen Claes Oldenburg Nam June Paik Palermo Steven Parrino Michelangelo Pistoletto Charlotte Posenenske R Arnulf Rainer Robert Rauschenberg Tobias Rehberger Gerhard Richter Pipilotti Rist Peter Roehr Reiner Ruthenbeck Robert Ryman Tomas Saraceno Bojan Sarcevic Wilhelm Sasnal Julian Schnabel Gregor Schneider Markus Sixay Andreas Slominski Sturtevant Wolfgang Tillmans Rosemarie Trockel James Turrell Luc Tuymans W Franz Erhard Walther Jeff Wall Andy Warhol Robert Watts Lawrence Weiner Matthias Weischer Peter Welz Franz West Cerith Wyn Evans Z Dolores Zinny/Juan Maidagan and many more 



Sparkassen Finanzgruppe


Weitere Förderer

Kulturamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Stefan Quandt

Freunde des MMK

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:
Bollinger und Grohmann, Peter Klöß Brandschutzplanung, Outside Media GmbH, satis&fy AG Deutschland,
Dr. Sesselmann und Kollegen, BES AG und B+G Ingenieure, wallpaper media


Kultur-Ticket- Spezial der Deutschen Bahn
Buy a return ticket to Frankfurt at a fixed price and travelling on the sam eday - a comfortable and fast journey on  an ICE/EC/ICE from all train stations within a 300 km radius this ticket can be bought at the same time purchasing an entrance ticket to the „29 Years MMK” exhibition from all DB Travel Centres and DB agencies. The ticket fare is 39 € per person in the 2nd Class and 59 € in 1 st Class.  Further informations can be found at: (only available in Germany).


With kind support from
Dr. Sesselmann and Collegues, BES AG and B+G Ingenieure Bollinger and Grohmann. 


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