Guided tours in English
Thu, 16.5., 18.7., both at 4 pm
Overview tour through the current exhibition for adults in English language
Cost: 4 € (plus admission)
The Giersch Museum of Frankfurt’s Goethe University is presenting an outstanding twentieth century artist in Louise Rösler, who has yet to be discovered by a wider audience. She was born in Berlin in 1907, and this is the first major presentation of her diverse work in a retrospective, bringing together over 160 exhibits from all Rösler’s artistic periods. She worked as an artist from the 1920s until shortly before her death in 1993.
Rösler came from a family of artists, and travelled extensively through southern Europe after completing her training in Munich, Berlin, and Paris. Back in Berlin as from 1933, she focused on the big city as a subject – a recurring theme in her work throughout her life. Rösler worked figuratively until the 1930s. After moving to Königstein im Taunus due to the war in 1943, she developed a more abstract, freer style emphasizing colour and form as sensual elements and combining them to create dynamic visual worlds. She returned to Berlin in 1959.
The exhibition illustrates the artist’s significance and shows her rich oeuvre in chronological and thematic order: it includes paintings, collages, coloured pencil and felt-tip pen works, watercolours, gouaches, pastels and prints. Louise Rösler’s unwavering, passionate determination to be an artist is impressive – as is the heterogeneous profusion of her works, which are striking in their individuality and independence.
One exhibition theme is the artist’s stand-alone handling of her materials, manifest in both small and large formats and expressed in the medium of collage in particular. Here, Rösler took up the urban not only as a motif but also in her choice of materials: she supplemented her works with found objects from everyday urban life, including paper and packaging picked up on the streets; in later decades, she also incorporated sculptural objects made from wood, metal, plastic and other materials.
|Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
|10 am – 6 pm
|10 am – 8 pm
on public holidays open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
|Holders of the Frankfurt-Card
|Holders of the Kulturpass
Tram 12 / 15 / 16 / 17 21
Underground U1 / U2 / U3 / U8
to Schweizer Platz
15 minutes‘ walk from Frankfurt main station
Walter-Kolb-Straße 16 (Alt-Sachsenhausen)
Willy-Brandt-Platz 5 (Schauspiel Frankfurt)
Untermainanlage 1 (Untermainanlage)
For visitors with limited mobility and visitors with prams or pushchairs, the Museum Giersch of Goethe University is accessible by way of a lift. The lift is located on the east side of the building, behind the entrance stairs. We recommend for an accompanying person to contact our colleagues at the information desk in the museum for support. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in the basement.
Folding stools can be borrowed for your visit on the first floor next to the entrance of the exhibition.
The Museum Giersch of Goethe University is an exhibition center for art, culture, and science. Since its founding by the Giersch Foundation in the year 2000, its focus has been geographical on the Rhine-Main region. Within this parameter, the museum devotes itself to the discovery, study, and communication of hitherto little-noticed artistic oeuvres and cultural phenomena of all epochs to the very present.
The museum has belonged to the Goethe University since 2015. This affiliation has broadened its exhibition spectrum to include themes from the research and teaching pursued at the university. The museum moreover frequently cooperates with the institutes, scientists, teachers, and students as well as the collections of the Goethe University. As ‘the university’s window on the city’ it promotes the communication between art, science, and the public and, with its wide range of educational and communication activities, contributes to societal discourse as a whole.
The Museum Giersch of Goethe University is located in a villa on the Sachsenhausen bank of the River Main. The three-story Neoclassicist-style mansion was built for the Holzmanns, a construction contractors’ family of Frankfurt, in 1910.
The Giersch Foundation purchased the building from the City of Frankfurt in 1998. In keeping with the rigorous requirements for the preservation of historical monuments, the new owners immediately set about having it altered to serve as an exhibition gallery, complete with barrier-free access and state-of-the-art air-quality-control and security standards. The gallery opened to the public in 2000. With their original wood panelling, the rooms on the ground floor still convey an impression of the villa’s onetime domestic character. The exhibition rooms on the upper floors, for their part, are modern in look and feel. Thanks to their compartmentalized structure, they are well-suited to accommodate the needs of the changing exhibitions.
In the villa’s garden, the Giersch Foundation had a duck fountain built with original bronze figures by the sculpture August Gaul. The design is modelled on that of a fountain in Berlin of the year 1911.
In 2020/21, the Giersch Foundation and the Goethe University had the building’s air-quality-control, security, and fire-prevention systems thoroughly overhauled. The lighting in the exhibition rooms was moreover converted for the use of energy-efficient LED spotlights.
On 24 September 2000, the non-profit Giersch Foundation opened its new exhibition center, the Haus Giersch—Museum Regionaler Kunst. The initiative for the founding had come from Honorary Senator Prof. Carlo Giersch and his wife, Honorary Senator Karin Giersch. Their aim was to create a public exhibition gallery for the presentation of hitherto unresearched facets of the history of Rhine-Main art and culture that would be of interest beyond regional boundaries.
The programme initially concentrated on surveys and monographic exhibitions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century painting of the Rhine-Main region. Over the years, the spectrum of topics gradually broadened to encompass other artistic mediums such as sculpture, photography, graphic arts, and book art. The temporal focus widened as well and meanwhile extends from the Early Modern period to the present. A special focus of the gallery’s activities was and is the presentation and communication of its research results in accompanying catalogues and museum education work. The Museum Giersch has thus carved out a firm place for itself within the city’s wide array of museums.
In 2014, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Goethe University, the Giersch Foundation turned the exhibition center’s operation over to the university. Since 2015, it has been known as the Museum Giersch of Goethe University. As before, it is devoted to the art and culture of the Rhine-Main region and now also presents exhibitions related specifically to the past and present of the Goethe University and its collections. It moreover serves as an event venue and place of encounter for the university community.