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Exhibition highlights of Frankfurt's museums 2020

28.11.2019 | 07:46 Clock | Culture
Exhibition highlights of Frankfurt's museums 2020

The large van Gogh exhibition is causing long queues in front of the Städel, in the new old town the newly opened Stoltze and the Struwwelpeter museums have recently been causing lively public interest and in the Caricatura the 40th birthday of the satirical magazine TITANIC is currently being successfully celebrated. And in December there is another highlight: . From mid-December 2019, another sight in Frankfurt's new centre can be visited with the furnishing of an apartment in the style of the 17th and 18th centuries by the Historical Museum in the reconstructed Haus zur Goldenen Waage. There is no question about it: 2019 was and is a truly exciting, diverse and successful year for Frankfurt's museum landscape. And that's how it should continue in 2020, as Head of the Department of Culture Ina Hartwig promises:

And indeed, there will already be a first highlight in spring, when the new Jewish Museum complex celebrates its opening. The city of Frankfurt opened the first municipal Jewish Museum in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1988. "In 2020, we will now celebrate the completion of comprehensive structural and content-related innovations by opening the renovated Rothschild Palais and its addition of a new museum building," Hartwig explains.

On three floors, the new permanent exhibition is dedicated to Frankfurt's Jewish history since 1800 and is also a platform for the Jewish present. The focus of the first temporary exhibition "Our Courage. Jews in Europe 1945-48" focuses on Jewish experiences of flight and expulsion in Europe in the immediate post-war period. "Especially in times when anti-Semitism is on the rise again, places like this new European center for Jewish history and contemporary culture are more important than ever," Hartwig adds.

Essential contemporary themes are also being addressed by other museums. For example, the Historisches Museum is taking over the Dresden Hygiene Museum's successful exhibition "Racism. The Invention of Human Races" (16 September 2020 to 24 January 2021). The Senckenberg Naturmuseum will open new rooms on "Marine Research" and "Deep Sea" in spring 2020 and the themed room "Coral Reef" in December as part of the conversion project. With "Making Crisis Visible" (12 February to 2 June 2020) as an interdisciplinary exhibition project between science, art and design, the museum also invites visitors to react actively, rather than helplessly, to wars, crises and conflicts. This will be followed from December by the exhibition "Catastrophes - what comes after" in cooperation with the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum. "Weltenbewegend. Migration Makes Stories" can be seen at the Weltkulturen Museum until August 30, 2020.

A focus in the special exhibitions is always on strong artistic personalities by the houses on the Museum Embankment. The DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum is dedicated to the internationally renowned film icon Maximilian Schell (December 10, 2019 to April 19, 2020). The Schirn Kunsthalle emphasizes with the exhibition "Fantastic Women. Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo" (February 13 to May 24, 2020), a major thematic exhibition emphasizing the female contribution to Surrealism. With "Magnetic North. The Invention of Canada in Painting" (September 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021), the Schirn will then focus on Canadian artists for the 2020 Book Fair with Canada as the guest country. In "Call Me Rembrandt! Breakthrough in Amsterdam" (December 9, 2020 to April 5, 2021), the Städel Museum portrays the artist's first two decades and his work in the commercial metropolis.

Before the temporary closure of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum for an elaborate refurbishment, the museum will once again come up with exciting exhibitions in 2020: "The Playground Project - Architecture for Children" (9 November 2019 to 21 June 2020) brings playgrounds of the first half of the 20th century to life and encourages visitors to think about new playgrounds. "The New Home (1950-1982) - A Social Democratic Utopia and its Buildings" (March 7-August 2, 2020) shows the history of the most important non-governmental housing group in post-war Europe.

"With over two million visitors a year, the Museumsufer Frankfurt enjoys great popularity and attracts more and more cultural travellers to the Main," concludes Kulturdezernentin Hartwig.

These are, of course, just a few of the upcoming museum highlights in Frankfurt in 2020. If you want to give yourself a full dose of Museumsufer, there are two ways to do it: The first is the MuseumsuferTicket. For 21 euros, you can visit all the permanent and special exhibitions of the 34 participating museums on two consecutive days at your leisure. Or you can wait for the summer of 2020, when the Night of the Museums and the Museumsufer Festival will once again invite you to discover the city's diverse museum landscape with many special guided tours and unusual programme items.

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