New Permanent Exhibition Space in the TaunusTurm

New Annex for the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst  

New Permanent Exhibition Space in the TaunusTurm
The dream has finally come true. The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main has at last been offered the additional space it so desperately needs in the heart of Frankfurt’s famous Bankenviertel. Despite being in possession of over 5,000 works, the MMK was for a long time unable to exhibit more than just a fraction of its world-class collection of international contemporary art. But the long-cherished dream of extra exhibition space has at last come true. Starting in mid-2014, the main premises on Domstrasse and at the MMK Zollamt opposite are to be supplemented by an annex in the TaunusTurm being built by property developer Tishman Speyer and Commerz Real AG. The initial fifteen-year lease will allow the museum to present a selection of its works to the public on the second floor and to run an MMK bookshop and café on the ground floor. The additional space is being provided at no extra cost to the museum.

The project is an initiative of Tishman Speyer in close cooperation with the MMK and the City of Frankfurt’s own Planning Department and Department of Cultural Affairs. Most of the running costs incurred by the new TaunusTurm annex will be borne jointly by the museum’s four main partners: the entrepreneur Stefan Quandt, the Ernst-Max-von-Grunelius-Stiftung and the Helaba Bank . The aim is to have the running costs financed privately.

As recently as two years ago the MMK was obliged to spread its anniversary show "MMK 1991–2011. 20 Years of Presence" over several different venues: the MMK itself, the MMK Zollamt opposite, and a repurposed office block on the banks of the River Main. Only by multiplying the venues was the MMK able to exhibit the bulk of its collection all at once, even if only temporarily—a feat that is all the more remarkable considering its holdings’ eclectic range of media and content. The TaunusTurm, designed by the Frankfurt-based architects Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg Architekten will provide the MMK with an additional 2,000 square meters of space, which the museum specialists Kuehn Malvezzi are turning into an innovative art gallery fitted with state-of-the-art security and climate control infrastructure.

The aim is to at last enable the MMK to present the full breadth of its collection comprising both single pieces and whole bodies of work in a series of temporary exhibitions. This in turn will free up space in the main building for a permanent exhibition of the classics of the collection, such as the works of John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, On Kawara, Gerhard Richter, Blinky Palermo, Elaine Sturtevant, and Rosemarie Trockel, and for crowd-pulling exhibitions of international contemporary art.

The MMK and City of Frankfurt have thus set up an innovative and economically sustainable model of museum expansion which builds on existing space and the combined efforts of strong and dedicated partners to create something new. Responsibility for project management lies with the MMK Stiftung, founded in 2011, which will solicit additional private funding for shows held at the new MMK annex.

A joint venture of Tishman Speyer and Commerz Real AG, the 170-m-high TaunusTurm with its 40 floors and 60,000 square meters of office space is due to be completed by the end of the year and will commence operations in January 2014.

As the first building to be erected on the Neue Mainzer Strasse, the TaunusTurm with its 13-meter-high lobby will face onto the adjoining park. Designed by the Frankfurt-based architects Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg Architekten, the slim tower with its pale-colored, natural stone façade will be the first new skyscraper in Frankfurt to be certified to the international standard LEED Platinum. It is Tishman Speyer’s third high-rise development in Frankfurt after the MesseTurm and OpernTurm.

The TaunusTurm will significantly upgrade the adjoining green space of the Wallanlagen. Not only will part of the site be used to enlarge this park, but there are plans for a new promenade following the line of the buildings as well. The residential tower next to the TaunusTurm, also being developed by Tishman Speyer, will likewise face onto the park and hence boast an address on Frankfurt’s unique Wallanlagen.

The annex has been made possible by:
Tishman Speyer, Commerz Real AG, Planungsdezernat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kulturdezernat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Stefan Quandt, Ernst-Max-von-Grunelius-Stiftung, Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, DekaBank Girozentrale, MMK Stiftung. 

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