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We look forward to welcoming you to our next exhibition „CHANGE OF LOCATION. The Deutsche Bundesbank’s art collection as a guest at the Museum Giersch of the Goethe University“ from July 8, 2022.

Current Exhibition from July 8, 2022

CHANGE OF LOCATION. The Deutsche Bundesbank’s art collection as a guest at the Museum Giersch of the Goethe University

 

 

 

Visit

Opening Hours

on public holidays open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
4/15, 4/17, 4/18, 5/1

Admission

Contact

Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität
Schaumainkai 83 (Museumsufer)
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. 069 / 1382101-0
Fax 069 / 1382101-11
Mail info@mggu.de

Reduced and free admission

Reduced admission:

  • Students (except Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Unemployed persons
  • Severely disabled persons
  • Group (of 10 or more people) per person
  • Holders of the volunteer card

Free admission:

  • People aged 18 and below (children aged under 14 only when accompanied by an adult)
  • School classes
  • Accompanying person for the severely disabled
  • Students of the Goethe University Frankfurt with valid semester ID
  • Art history students with valid semester ID
  • Students of the HfMDK, Frankfurt am Main
  • Holders of the Museumsufer Card / Museumsufer Ticket
  • Holders of the Goethe Card (employee at the Goethe University Frankfurt) or holders of a validated U3L card
  • Holders of the Goethe University alumni card
  • Employees and students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Holders of an ICOM card
  • Members of the Association Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V.
  • Members of the Federal Association Bundesverband freiberuflicher Ethnolog_innen e.V. (bfe)
  • Employees of other museums with ID / certificate
  • Press with press card
  • Refugees from Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere

How to get here

by public transport

Tram 12 / 15 / 16 / 17 21
to Stresemannallee/Gartenstraße

Underground U1 / U2 / U3 / U8
to Schweizer Platz

15 minutes‘ walk from Frankfurt main station

by car

Car Parks

Walter-Kolb-Straße 16 (Alt-Sachsenhausen)
Willy-Brandt-Platz 5 (Schauspiel Frankfurt)
Untermainanlage 1 (Untermainanlage)

Barrier-free

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.

Museum

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.

 

Ausstellungsansicht „Die Welt im BILDnis“, 2020

© Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Ausstellungsansicht „Georg Heck“, 2019

© Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Ausstellungsansicht „Faszination der Dinge“, 2018

© Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Ausstellungsansicht „Frobenius“, 2019

© Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Building

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.

History

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.

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