Ragnar Kjartansson, Feuer! 2011. Installation view of “Ragnar Kjartansson: Endless Longing, Eternal Return” at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 2011. Photo: Norbert Miguletz. Courtesy the artist and Frankfurter Kunstverein
Frankfurter Kunstverein is an important national and international exhibition venue for contemporary art. Since its founding in 1829, it has pursued its mandates of facilitating the production, reception, and mediation of contemporary art, and supporting emerging artistic directions and innovative creative models. Located in the Steineres Haus on the Römerberg—a historic building in Frankfurt’s Old City center—the Frankfurter Kunstverein alternates between the presentation of solo exhibitions by aspiring international artists and thematic group exhibitions based on current sociopolitical issues and questions.
Offering regular artist talks, guided tours, lectures, film programs, symposia, and trips for members, the Frankfurter Kunstverein contributes to making the field of contemporary art accessible to a wide public and inspiring critical dialogue. The educational program Schulstudio helps high school students learn about contemporary art through artist workshops. Cultural exchange, artistic production, and education are the main focuses of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program, which provides two artists or curators a place to live and work in the Frankfurter Kunstverein.
The Frankfurter Kunstverein is an institution maintained by its members, and it receives a significant portion of its funding from the City of Frankfurt. Exhibitions and events are open to all visitors.