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Permanent Collection - Museum für Moderne Kunst

How did the museum come about?

The beginning: in 1981 the City of Frankfurt acquired a number of outstanding American and European works of art dating from the 1960s. They had originally formed a key part of the collection of Darmstadt industrialist Karl Ströher, who died in 1977.

Karl Ströher was a collector with vision, and had not only acquired individual works, but also whole groups of works by one artist: for example by such American artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, Walter De Maria, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. His collection also included the work of prominent German artists such as Joseph Beuys, Blinky Palermo, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Franz Erhard Walther.

The Pop Art section of the Ströher collection was acquired in its entirety by the MMK, which complemented it with individual works by Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, George Segal, James Rosenquist, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

The »Contemporary Bridgehead« can be subdivided into a middle-aged and a younger generation of artists. Works of the middle-aged generation represent a necessary foundation to this section, both as a counterpart to the »1960s bridgehead« and by serving to place the works of the youngergeneration in context. This foundation must be continually built upon. (works by Anna and Bernhard Blume, Siah Armajani, Jeff Wall, Nam June Paik, Christian Boltanski, Rémy Zaugg, Peter Roehr, Charlotte Posenenske, Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell, Lothar Baumgarten, Mario Merz, Alighiero Boetti, Hanne Darboven, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Ilya Kabakov)

The younger generation artists include Julian Schnabel, Stephan Balkenhol, Francesco Clemente, Günther Förg, Bill Viola, Reinhard Mucha, Katharina Fritsch, Jochem Hendricks, Axel Kasseböhmer, Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Ruff, and Manfred Stumpf. We also possess groups of works by Albert Oehlen, Herbert Hamak, Andreas Slominski, Udo Koch, Cecilia Edefalk, Miriam Cahn, Beat Streuli, Urs Breitenstein and Bernhard Härtter.

Alongside the permanent collection and the special exhibitions there are what we call the »Satellites« – a concept unique in the context of a museum. The »Satellites« are rooms allocated a specific function. The following rooms function as satellites: the Archive, the Children’s Room and the Dornbracht Installation Projects®.

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