The Städelsche Kunstinstitut and Städtische Galerie (self-designation Städel Museum) in Frankfurt am Main is one of the most important German art museums. His collection includes more than 4000 paintings from the Middle Ages to Modernity and Contemporary Art. Over 1000 of them are shown in the permanent exhibition. The graphic collection with 100,000 drawings and printed graphics is accessible in a presentation room, as well as selected works in the exhibition hall. The Städel Museum also contains over 4,000 photographs, 600 sculptures and a library of 115,000 volumes.
Established by the banker and businessman Johann Friedrich Städel in 1815, the Städel Museum holds the rank as Germany’s oldest museum foundation and houses one of the world’s most important art collections. The holdings encompass 3,000 paintings, 600 sculptures, more than 100,000 drawings and prints, and 500 photographs. Owing to the completion of the extension for contemporary art in February 2012, works from seven hundred years of art history are now on view here on an area of 7,500 square metres. Numerous internationally recognized special exhibitions and a comprehensive mediation programme also contribute to shaping the museum’s profile. The spectrum of mediation activities ranges from various types of guided tours and events, multimedia offers such as the audio guide, a digital image journey for kids and a multi touchscreen in the Riverside Gallery to facilities for research, indepth study and creative endeavours. Every visit to the museum is accordingly a whole new experience.
The Städel is one of the most important and oldest art collections in Germany. Since its founding in 1815 by Johann Friedrich Städel, the collection has been steadily expanded. With a total of around 3.00 paintings, 600 sculptures, 4,000 photographs as well as over 100,000 drawings and prints, the Städel invites you to a journey through the art landscapes of Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. The collection of Old Masters shows paintings by Holbein, Cranach, Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt and Vermeer. The paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries are represented by artists such as Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix. Works by A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon and other artists represent the art since 1945.
In addition to collecting and preserving, the scientific exploration of the collection as well as the development of exhibitions from the collection context are the focus of museum work.
Another central concern is the target-group-specific art association, which deals with the collection content as well as with general questions about art and is addressed to a diverse audience. Contemporary positions can be found in the series “Constellations”, a periodically changing collection showing major new acquisitions and works from the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century.
Every year, internationally acclaimed special exhibitions attract a broad public to the Städel. Guided tours for every need and every need like “art after work”, “student food”, a versatile children’s program and company specials guarantee exciting encounters with art. Altogether, the Städel offers over 50 different placement formats. The use of media such as social networks, films, digital audioguides and online mediation services also supports the individual and active engagement with the Städel Museum collection.
In the Graphic Collection, visitors can request individual drawings and graphics on request. The Städel Library offers a wide selection of literature and trade journals on various topics of the fine arts and art history.