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FRM | Platform, Festival, Venues

A Region dances to the Fore

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FrankfurtRheinMain is increasingly making a name for itself in the German dance scene. The region’s two top players, Frankfurt’s Mousonturm and the Hessian State Ballet in Wiesbaden/Darmstadt, cooperated in launching a dance platform – Tanzplattform Rhein-Main – with lots of activities and a festival for outstanding local and international productions. There’s also the Frankfurt Lab, inviting Mousonturm and university ensembles such as ATW (Giessen) and HfMDK to explore new forms of dance and performance. The city of Mainz with its creative tanzmainz ensemble and festival, is yet another hub of this vibrant scene. Tanzplattform Rhein-Main is also breaking new ground with a day of dance and its Ensemble Mobil, which seeks a more immediate interface with the public. Finally, a lively independent and alternative scene from Implantieren Festival to Antagon action theatre contribute to the region’s dynamic dance and performance landscape.

F | Museum | Städel Museum

Only the Best For Its Citizens

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“The best for this town and its citizens.” In this spirit, banker and art collector Johann Friedrich Städel created Frankfurt’s most important art foundation some 200 years ago. At this time the “Städelsche Kunstinstitut” comprised a stately edifice, 1.3 million guilders, 476 paintings, 4,600 drawings and 10,000 graphic prints. The art works − every piece personally collected – consist primarily of Dutch masters of the 17th century but also Flemish, German, French and Italian works, most of them landscape and historical paintings. Today this private institution is a popular venue for holding large internationally recognised exhibitions, especially of classical paintings. For example, in 2019 the Städel will show Titian and the Venetian masters of the Renaissance (comprising the largest Titian retrospective ever shown in Germany), The Mysteries of Material, and Making Van Gogh.

FRM | Exhibitions | Summer / Autumn

From Bengal Stream to Van Gogh

Exhibitions | Autumn Edition | Frankfurt Rhein Main

FRM | Festivals | Autumn Edition

Europe and beyond

Just about 100 festivals take place in the region throughout the year, which translates into one festival every week! Many of these festivals are international, contributing much to the region’s cosmopolitan flair. Here is a small selection. Autumn Edition.


Festivals | Autumn Edition | Frankfurt Rhein Main

FRM | Film Festivals

Nonstop Film Festivals

Just about 50 film festivals take place in the region throughout the year, which translates into one film festival every week! Many of these festivals are international, contributing much to the region’s cosmopolitan flair. Here is a small selection:

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WI | Caligari Filmbühne

Cinema With Style

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When the Caligari FilmBühne – named after the expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – rolls out the red carpet, international film stars cannot be far. Located in Wiesbaden, right at the city’s market square, this beautiful cinema runs a sophisticated international programme when it isn’t hosting film festivals such as the top Eastern European film festival goEast and exground, widely known for its selection of international independent films. In 2018, the Caligari received the Hessian Cultural Award for its outstanding cultural commitment. Moviegoers also appreciate the film hall for its uniquely classic interior that conjures up the golden age of cinema, and for the fact that many of the films are shown in English.

F | Location | Palmengarten

World Flora and World Music

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We all yearn to tune into nature and connect to our senses. An extraordinary and rare place for doing just that is Frankfurt’s Palmengarten, which is open year round. Started way back as a community initiative by Frankfurt citizens, the Palmengarten has been giving joy to people ever since with its lush, diverse and even tropical flora. Throughout the year, greenhouses and opulent gardens invite you to dive into another world. Aside from the many thematic gardens and botanical exhibitions, the Palmengarten is also known for its longstanding “Musik im Palmengarten” program. The program spans a wide range of music styles, from the world’s oldest open-air jazz series through to the Summer in the City festival and Kammeroper Frankfurt performances. Indeed, the tender and poetic ambiance of the Palmengarten ‒ rose and sunlight during summer and winter lights in winter ‒ make the garden a special place to enjoy music.

Palmengarten | Frankfurt City

FRM | Beethoven 2020

A City Lush with Beethoven

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Paavo Järvi, conductor of Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic – currently considered Germany’s best – once declared: ‘Beethoven, that’s God!’ This kind of fascination may explain why Beethoven’s anniversary year 2020 is being ushered in before the year has even started. This September, Alte Oper presents the impressive music festival Eroica with talks, workshops, a children’s day and concerts dedicated to Beethoven’s eponymous symphony devoted to democracy. Next year, then, Alte Oper will have the honour to give the stage to Järvi’s orchestra, to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies. Other 2020 highlights include Simon Rattle’s ensemble, to fly in from London, and Austrian artist-in-residence Rudolf Buchbinder. Our magazine’s pick, for this year still, is Kronberg Academy. The reputable talent mill from the Taunus will perform all of Beethoven’s violin and cello sonatas as part of its Searching for Ludwig festival.

Beethoven 2020 | Frankfurt Rhein Main | Sep-Dec

F | Exhibitions | Bauhaus

The Living Bauhaus

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Weissenhof, Oskar Schlemmer and the Triadic Ballet, Mart Stam and the cantilever chair: three artists, three works, one name: Bauhaus. The famous institute for architecture, arts and design was founded in Weimar 100 years ago. Although Dessau and Weimar were home to the academy of this new modernity, it was in Frankfurt where many of the ideas and concepts were implemented. For this “New Frankfurt”, city planner Ernst May and architects like Friedrich Kramer and Martin Elsaesser created a form of social and modern housing with revolutionary ideas such as the Frankfurt kitchen or Frankfurt bathroom. Design assumed social responsibility. Walking through May‘s settlements is an easy way to explore living Bauhaus. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, Frankfurt will also hold three extraordinary exhibitions.

F | Frankfurter Buchmesse

BOOKS AND MORE ALL OVER THE TOWN

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Frankfurt’s Buchmesse is the world’s largest marketplace for publishers, writers and distributors. It’s also something like a huge bookshop that draws the public at large. And it spawns readings and parties galore in all parts of the city. Yet beyond being a Mecca for book lovers, the fair has become an international hotspot as well as a market for games, films and digital content. International publishers display their programme in separate halls. Art and new media are represented in The Arts+ section, where visitors can catch a glimpse of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. Finally, every year the fair zooms in on one guest-of-honour country – in 2019 it’s Norway. Museums and theatres usually chime in with theme-related shows, this year with the exhibition House of Norway and the Norsk Festival. Nordic authors also get to read in bookish places throughout the city. An air that will draw you right into this city!

Frankfurter Buchmesse | Frankfurt City | Oct

FRM | Art in public | Blickachsen

Excursions in art and Area

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For over two decades, the international art biennale Blickachsen – meaning lines of vision – has been exploring how sculpture, nature and architecture intersect. The biennale invites artists – this year including Yoko Ono and William Forsythe – to take over parks and natural areas across the region with scenographic or interactive sculptures. Blickachsen 2019 also features sound artist Satch Hoyt. On the campus of Frankfurt University, he juxtaposes the pale backdrop provided by the prodigious, history-laden university buildings against colourful stele-like totems made of plastic and QR code-generated sounds and texts, alluding to the African diaspora. In Kurpark Bad Homburg, artist duo Winter/Hörbelt adapt the idea of visual axes in the form of a large tube made of beverage crates. In total, around 60 installations by some 30 international artists are on view at six locations. A good opportunity to discover interesting places as well as artworks!

Blickachsen | Frankfurt Rhein Main | May-Oct