Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt

Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior

The Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt is a very new building on a narrow triangular block in the middle of the old city. It is a very beautiful building and I spent almost as much time enjoying the architecture as looking at the art.

I didn’t have a real camera with me on the day of my visit (and regretted it) so you will have to ignore (and excuse, I hope) the picture quality. The first three photos just show the building; the next two show a very large work by Bueys in the room which was partially designed around it. It’s not a work I particularly liked but, to compensate, the other pics are of my two favourites: “One Candle” by Nam June Paik and the stone and glass igloo by Mario Merz, an artist new to me. Click on any of them for a larger image.

“One Candle” suffers most from poor image quality, since there was very little light to work with. One candle was burning in a small windowless room.  A video camera pointing at it fed the real-time image to six (I think) projectors placed at odd locations and angles within the room; each projector had three lenses, RGB, which were deliberately misaligned to give three overlapping pure-colour images. The whole thing would be technically easier now, of course, but its point wasn’t to push the limits of the technology but to create an object of contemplation and, for me, it succeeded really well.

The gallery’s home page is (conveniently) available in English as well as German, and is has details of artists and works under “Collection”. It is here, and I have set it to open in a new window so you can flip back and forth if you wish.

Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Interior
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Beuys
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Beuys normal viewpoint
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Beuys from above
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Beuys from above
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Paik
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Paik
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Merz
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Merz
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Merz
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt: Merz