When I hear “modern art”, I think of Malevich’s Black Square and the most random objects that I would never consider “art”. A lot different with the Modern Art Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. It is HEAVEN fornphotographers. And even though there are indeed some random objects, there’s still a lot more than that to discover.
The MMK (ger: Museum für Moderne Kunst) was opened in 1981 in the “Old Town” part of Frankfurt’s city center. It was designed in a triangular shape and earned the name “Piece of Cake”. The Museum has 3 floors, where the 3rd floor is usually reserved for temporal exhibitions (2-3 months) and the other 2 floors are for permanent exhibitions.
For the past 3 months, the temporal exhibition floor has been home to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Specific Objects without Specific Form”:
A lot of minimalism, a lot of abstract perspectives, great for experiments! The other 2 floors have been home to a PURE photography exhibition since September 2010! The exhibition titled “The Lucid Evidence” features photographic art from the 1970s to the late 1990s. It features photography from Japan, depicting the Geisha slave-lifestyle under Yakuza rule, Jock Sturges’ pictures from nudist France, pictures from the war in Yugoslavia, Larry Clark’s “Teenage Lust” series about drug abuse, prostitution and death in a group of 15-20 year olds:
The museum is great for a couple of reasons:
- it’s a great location, very minimalistic, white backgrounds all over so if you want a model studio shot – use this place!
- great for inspiration, especially when it comes to black-and-white photography.
- it is a very calm and secluded place, not too many people on any day, unless there’s a school trip of sorts.
One thing that completely blew my mind is James Turrell’s “Twilight Arch”:
Basically, you walk into a dark room. It is so dark, you can’t see anything around you, and if someone was sitting on the floor, you would only know when you’ve already stepped on them. You walk in, and take 10-15 seconds to adjust to the dark. And then you see it in the distance…a glow. Purplish, blueish. It seems so far away, when in essence it is only 8 meters away from you. Then you notice a little glimpse of orange coming in from the sides. Your eyes adjust more and more, the cold purple and warm orange mix together to give you the perfect mixture. And this is when it hits you: it is twilight! This is one of the calmest places I have ever been into my life! What I did was sit down on the floor, put on Clint Mansell’s “Stay With Me” track and let myself immerse in the shimmering glow of what turned out to be nothing more than 3 neon light bulbs in the far distance:
And this is where I said “modern art is cool”. Something so simple – 2 orange and 1 blue-purple neon lights in a dark room – yet such an amazing effect. It was the most peaceful and calm I’ve felt in months. I really advise anyone and everyone to come here. It is definitely worth the experience!
Museum info, opening times and prices: http://www.mmk-frankfurt.de/en/info/info/
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9lix_Gonz%C3%A1lez-Torres
Jock Sturges: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jock_Sturges
Larry Clark: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Clark
James Turrell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Turrell
Clint Mansell’s “Stay With Me”: http://youtube/3ZDpqDpIsfs