After it had rained most of the day, it almost seemed as if this year's NIGHT OF MUSEUMS would fall into the water. But not only that the rain subsided towards the evening. Nor did he manage to weaken the interest of many thousands of visitors in the cultural offerings of this night. And so the responsible persons in more than 40 museums and exhibition houses in Frankfurt and Offenbach were again able to enjoy a real rush of visitors this year. Dr. Ina Hartwig, head of the cultural department, was pleased to be able to draw such a positive conclusion at the end despite the unpleasant weather: „This year the city has once again turned into a nocturnal art mile. Around 35,000 people immersed themselves in the special atmosphere of the NIGHT, listened to live sounds from all over the world, marvelled at impressive performances and visited the cultural institutions at night. I'm particularly pleased that Frankfurt Zoo was there with the new penguin system“, says Hartwig. In buses, by bike, on a boat or with the historic tram, those interested in art visited the diverse range of exhibition venues along and off the museum shore.
There were of course a lot of highlights. But some highlights stood out especially. These were the places that opened their doors exclusively or for the first time in the NIGHT: In the Struwwelpeter Museum in the new Old Town, curious visitors were able to smell the scent of fresh paint and wood as they looked into the new rooms in advance. In Eschborn, people interested in art explored the photo collection of Deutsche Börse on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The guided tours through the Kaisersaal in the Römer, the new Old Town, the hidden fishermen's vaults and the main railway station also provided rare insights into the cultural events of the city and enjoyed great popularity.
Many flâneurs* were drawn to the large exhibition halls around the Römer and on the southern bank of the Main: The opening of the exhibition by Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty at the Museum Angewandte Kunst was particularly interesting. While in the Schirn Bruno Gironcoli's monumental sculptures were duly bid farewell, the bizarre kneading animations of Djurberg and Berg created astonished faces. Titian's Renaissance painting and a view of the forthcoming exhibition “Making van Gogh“ attracted numerous visitors* to the Städel, and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, which danced among dinosaur skeletons, provided enthusiasm at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Also in the film museum the rush was big. Here 70 years DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum were celebrated with filmic anecdotes and a comedy show, while The OhOhOh’s animated to dance.
The Health Department moved with an extensive program of exhibitions, music, discussions and an amusing show of bath salt veteran Henni Nachtsheim night owls* to the All Saints' Quarter. In Tor Art Space there was young, urban art to discover and in the Yard/Off Yard an experimental young exhibition program with installations and photographs attracted many curious people, before all party-goers danced here to electronic DJ sets until the early morning.
The now traditional charity auction “Young Art with a Future“ was celebrated by EY in the Museum of Applied Arts in its 100th year of operation. In this context, 26 selected works by young artists* from the Frankfurt Städelschule and the Offenbach Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) were auctioned off for a total of 68,100 €. The Städelschule voucher achieved the highest sum with 5,500 €.
>The wild polka sounds of „Thee Watzloves“ in the Haus der Stadtgeschichte in Offenbach provided the best musical atmosphere and in the nearby German Leather Museum the dancing leg was swung to the sound of the golden 20s. In the house at the cathedral many listened to the carefree songs of “Fee“, in the money museum the pop band „So Green“ provided for the dancing mood and in the museum for communication „Timcat and Balduin“ led electroswinging through the night.
It was once again a successful night all round, which once again made the cultural offerings of the city of Frankfurt shine in a very special light. So you can already look forward to the next NIGHT OF THE MUSEEN.