1968 - a year that symbolically stands for an entire generation, that was defined by protests against prevailing norms and that permanently changed society, politics, but also culture. It is now 50 years since the '68 movement - so it is time to take a look back at this momentous year and what it moved - also in Frankfurt.
"Many trends were and are being anticipated in Frankfurt. Along with Berlin, our city was the second capital of the '68 movement. That's why we're celebrating the anniversary from spring into autumn with events of all kinds," says Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann.
The exhibition "68 wird 50! - Cartoons und Karikaturen" (68 turns 50! - Cartoons and Caricatures) is currently kicking things off. In the Paulskirche, the Office for Communication and City Marketing, in cooperation with the Caricatura Museum Frankfurt, is showing 32 drawings by cartoonists such as Franziska Becker, Peter Butschkow, Hauck & Bauer, Chlodwig Poth, Til Mette, Gerhard Seyfried and many more on the basement floor. Some of them are contemporary witnesses of the movement, others take a look back at an eventful time from today's perspective and at the same time establish current references. All of them are among the most renowned of their guild in the German-speaking world.
Their works deal with the buzzwords of the 68 movement: revolution, emancipation, APO, Springer, Kommune 1, BH-burning. These terms are still present in cultural memory today, as are Sponti slogans or heads and role models of the time, including Rudi Dutschke, Benno Ohnesorg and Che Guevara.
Due to the high popularity, the show is being extended and is now on view until Tuesday, April 3. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.