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Art (hi)stories in the Steinernes Haus
dal 7/12/2012 al 2/2/2013

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Julia Wittwer

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Art (hi)stories in the Steinernes Haus

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

To the people of the city. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, a comprehensive program will trace the development of the Kunstverein, the artistic currents that it has promoted, and the general and local historical contexts of its activities.

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The Frankfurter Kunstverein was founded in 1829 and has long enjoyed the status of a reputed international institution. In the late fall of 1962 the Kunstverein took up residence in the Steinernes Haus on the Römerberg, and since then it has presented some 400 exhibitions and thousands of events at this location. Until the founding of the Schirn Kunsthalle (1986), Portikus (1987), and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst (1991), the Frankfurter Kunstverein was the only major exhibition venue for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main.

Many solo and group exhibitions presented at the Kunstverein were groundbreaking for their time. These include "Kunst im dritten Reich" (Art in the Third Reich) (1971) and "Das Bild des Körpers" (The Image of the Body) (1993), both milestones in contemporary exhibition history, as well as projects such as "deutschemalereizweitausenddrei"(2003), which set visitor records, and exhibitions like "Tales of Resistance and Change. Artists from Argentina" (2010), which was the subject of over 250 media reports worldwide. The cooperative project "Demonstrations. Making Normative Orders" (2012) included an extensive accompanying program with almost 40 events (each attended by up to 300 audience members) and garnered substantial media attention (including reports in SPIEGEL, ZEIT, FAZ, FR, SZ, taz, Bild, 3SAT, RTL, SAT1, HR, BR, and Deutschlandfunk)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurter Kunstverein in the Steinerne Haus we look back on our exhibition history at this location. A comprehensive anniversary program will trace the development of the Kunstverein, the artistic currents that it has promoted, and the general and local historical contexts of its activities. Our aim is to present a portrait of the Kunstverein that brings together many different perspectives: the views of the institution's former directors, members and friends, neighboring art institutions, the city and its inhabitants, and artists - thus creating a multi-faceted reflection on five decades of art (hi)stories at the Steinernes Haus. In addition to discussions and workshops, an "Art Slam!" a high-end auction benefitting the exhibition program of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and "KunstMusik," an evening of concerts and performances with artists from the Frankfurt area, will be part of the anniversary celebration.

"ART (HI)STORIES IN THE STEINERNES HAUS - TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY" is a moment of review and reflection offering a perspective on the Frankfurter Kunstverein, its transformation and development, and its position within the past and present system of art. This model project represents a special moment in the art history of the past fifty years and will therefore be preserved for the future in the form of a book.

Forming the backdrop for the anniversary program are two parallel exhibitions. Posters, publications, photographs, archival objects, and internal documents give an overview of the activities of the Kunstverein. On the third and fourth floors the exhibition "TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY" presents three large-scale installations by Wiebke Grösch and Frank Metzger, which draw on the recent history of the Kunstverein and the city of Frankfurt as well as relating to specific artistic positions of the past 50 years and the conceptual art of the present.

Auction to benefit the exhibition program: January 30, 2013, 7pm
As in the past, financing the exhibition program of the Frankfurt Kunstverein still remains a major challenge today. Well-known artists associated with the institution have provided works for an auction, whose profits will support future programming:
Edith Amituanai, Tilo Baumgärtel, Thomas Bayrle, Viktoria Binschtok, Wolf Böwig, Andrea Büttner, Peter Buggenhout, Jochen Flinzer, Tue Greenfort, Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger, Florian Haas, Paule Hammer, Jitka Hanzlová, Thomas Huber, Sven Johne, Barbara Klemm, Ola Kolehmainen, Susanne Kühn, Urs Lüthi, Antje Majewski, Hannes Michanek, Shahryar Nashat, Wanda Pratschke, Inge Rambow, Thomas Rentmeister, Michael Riedel, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Tomás Saraceno, Hans Christian Schink, Beat Streuli and Thomas Werner. Auctioneer: Henrik Hanstein (Kunsthaus Lempertz, Köln).

Image: Posters und publications of 50 years Kunstverein in the Steinernes Haus, photo: Norbert Miguletz , © Frankfurter Kunstverein

Press contact:
Julia Wittwer (Head of PR), Anna Goetz (Assistant) Phone: +49.69.219314-30 /-40, fax: +49.69.219314-11 E-Mail:,

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
Markt 44 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Opening hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm
Monday closed
€ 6 regular
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