The success story of the "Making van Gogh" exhibition, which was on view at Frankfurt's Städel Museum from last fall until spring, continues even after the end of the show. After the museum was already able to celebrate a record number of visitors, there is now also an award: the Dr. Marschner exhibition prize "Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt". The Dr. Marschner Foundation will again award this prize this year for an outstandingly curated exhibition. The title "Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt" (Outstandingly Exhibited) is aimed at all institutions of non-profit and public sponsorship in Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach. From the applications submitted in 2019, a jury drew up a shortlist of possible award winners. Seven projects were selected that stood out for their substantial curatorial work, both for a broad public and a specialist audience. The award is endowed with 25,000 euros and is thus unique in the Main metropolis in its form.
According to the jury's verdict, it will be awarded in 2019 to the exhibition "Making van Gogh. History of a German Love" exhibition at the Städel Museum was the most convincing and consistent way to implement the premises of the Dr. Marschner exhibition prize "Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt". The prize was to be awarded as early as March. But this ceremony had to be postponed due to the Corona crisis. Now, last week, the prize was handed over in a very small setting and in compliance with the official hygiene and protection measures.
Ina Hartwig, the city's head of cultural affairs, said "Even the shortlist, with remarkable shows such as 'x>Ampersand</x>sbquo;Bengal Stream' at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum or 'x>Ampersand</x>sbquo;Hannah Ryggen' at the Schirn, shows the diversity of Frankfurt's exhibition landscape, which testifies to an internationally recognized curatorial achievement. ‚Making van Gogh' was able to enthuse more than half a million viewers with well-known works by Vincent van Gogh, a convincing accompanying programme and high-quality digital incentives, making it the most-visited exhibition in the history of the house. I congratulate Director Philipp Demandt, the two curators Dr. Alexander Eiling and Dr. Felix Krämer as well as the project manager Elena Schroll on the exhibition award 'Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt' of the Dr. Marschner Foundation.
Foundation Director Peter Gatzemeier added: "The high-quality, demanding and diverse exhibition scene in Frankfurt and Offenbach once again this year made it difficult for the five jury members to nominate projects for the shortlist of the Dr. Marschner Exhibition Prize and to name a winner. They were convinced by a stringent curatorial performance and its comprehensible implementation for a broad public. I am delighted that the Dr. Marschner Foundation is using this award to draw attention to the work of outstanding curators who have succeeded in conveying often complex content in a transparent manner. </The curatorial implementation, which interweaves the most diverse art-historical approaches, was obviously comprehensible in the excellently researched thematic exhibition. Not only experts, but also a layman in art history could grasp all the clearly formulated and presented contents. In &sbquo;Making van Gogh', the reception-historical approach was decisively worked out and actively comprehensible for a visitor on the basis of the exhibits shown. The presentation, which was outstanding in its mediation approach, from the successful set-up to the accompanying podcast, was evident throughout. An all-round impressive exhibition," said Claudia Orben-Mäckler, member of the jury.</p>
Philipp Demandt, director of the Städel Museum, explained: "‚Making van Gogh' was the largest and most elaborate exhibition in the history of the Städel Museum to date. The curators Dr. Alexander Eiling and Dr. Felix Krämer, together with project manager Elena Schroll, have succeeded in creating an exhibition coup: With a coherent concept developed from the collection, they have not only succeeded in attracting more than 120 international loans - including 50 van Goghs alone - to the exhibition, but have also convinced our visitors across the board. The exhibition was a great success of which all of the Städel Museum's staff are proud. The fact that ‚Making van Gogh' receives the exhibition prize of the Dr. Marschner Foundation is a special recognition of this curatorial achievement and an appreciation of the work of the Städel Museum as a whole. On behalf of the Städel Museum, I thank the Dr. Marschner Foundation and the jury for the award."