German Romantic Museum

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The German Romantic Museum, between Goethehöfe with Volksbühne and the Goethe House

The German Romantic Museum is located in the Großer Hirschgraben in Frankfurt am Main , between the Goethehöfe and the Goethe House . The aim of the museum is to make the extensive collection of manuscripts, letters and paintings of German Romanticism that the Free German Hochstift has compiled since 1911 accessible to the public.

The museum building is part of the Goethehöfe building complex, which was erected next to the Goethe House on the property in Großer Hirschgraben 17-21, where the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels was based until 2012 . The opening took place on September 14, 2021.


The first suggestions for a Romantic Museum came from Ernst Beutler , the long-time director of the Hochstift and founder of the collection. The building intended for the exhibition, the ancestral home of the Brentano family in Grosse Sandgasse, however, fell victim to the air raids on Frankfurt am Main during World War II .

When the Börsenverein moved out, the opportunity arose to use the vacant plot of land at Großer Hirschgraben 17-21 for the Romantic Museum. The Goethe Museum in the Goethe House is to be integrated into the new museum.

When it became known in early 2013 that the city of Frankfurt had surprisingly left the circle of donors, the art dealer Karsten Greve donated one million euros for the extension of the planned new German Romantic Museum. Since then he has been the locomotive of the donation initiative for the building of the literature museum, so that the funding for the museum is secured.

The project requires funding of 16 million euros, eight million of which are secured by grants from the State of Hesse and the Federal Republic of Germany . The Hochstift has to finance eight million itself.

15 offices were invited to the architectural competition called Goethehöfe , which was announced in October 2013 . The jury awarded three second prizes in June 2014 and asked the winners to improve their designs within two months of the final decision. Since the federal grants were tied to the rapid implementation of the planning, the jury decided not to re-announce the competition.

On September 24, 2014, the jury unanimously decided on a combination of two designs as a planning community: the urban design of the ensemble "Goethehöfe - German Romantic Museum" by the Landes & Partner office , which also includes the Goethehöfe, the apartments and the integration of the Cantate- Saals will realize, and the new museum building by the office of Christoph Mäckler . The two offices form a planning community.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the project took place on June 13, 2016. On September 11, 2017, the Romantic Museum celebrated its topping-out ceremony . In addition to the German Romantic Museum, the entire construction project includes an inner-city residential complex, a spacious courtyard and a venue for the Fliegende Volksbühne. The opening of the museum was originally planned for August 2019, but was delayed due to unexpected difficulties with the demolition work and the bankruptcy of two construction companies involved. For the new opening date on September 14, 2021, there was a light projection by the artist Robert Seidel on the facade, permanently showing paintings by Caspar David Friedrich; the exhibition also wants to show the dark side of time. A garden is growing in the newly designed inner courtyard.


Construction site of the German Romantic Museum and the Goethehöfe in June 2018, next to the Goethehaus, from the Maintower.

As part of the new building, around 3000 square meters of living space around an inner courtyard were created on the almost square property with an edge length of around 50 meters. Part of the project was the listed restoration of the Cantate Hall . It was built from 1953 to 1957 according to plans by Wilhelm Massing together with the seat of the German book trade association. The booksellers used to go to the cantata Sunday every year , the 4th Sunday after Easter, to go to the accounts. In memory of this tradition, the hall was called the Cantate Hall. In the 1950s and 1960s, events with authors such as Paul Celan , Theodor W. Adorno and Samuel Beckett took place here. In the early 1970s the related cinema "Lupe 2" the hall. The Frankfurt Volkstheater played here from 1975 until it was closed in 2013, and since then the Fliegende Volksbühne Frankfurt founded by Michael Quast , which was given a permanent venue here after the construction work was completed.

Web links

Commons : German Romantic  Museum - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b German Romantic Museum. "Realizing a historic opportunity". In: Journal Frankfurt . August 27, 2021, accessed August 27, 2021 .
  2. Hannes Hintermeier: Get the romantics out of the cellar! In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . January 14, 2011, p. 31 .
  3. Michael Hierholzer: Romantics . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . August 27, 2011, p. 41 .
  4. He gives a million to romance. ( Memento from February 23, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: Frankfurter Neue Presse , March 19, 2013
  5. The German Romantic Museum is being built in Frankfurt , from March 5, 2014 , accessed on February 21, 2016
  6. Try it at home ., September 10, 2013; accessed on February 21, 2016
  7. Breakthrough for the Romantic Museum. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , February 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Federal government promises money for the Frankfurt Romantic Museum. New building secured. In: November 14, 2014, accessed March 13, 2015 .
  9. a b Decision on the Romantic Museum. It becomes a hybrid. In: September 26, 2014, accessed March 13, 2015 .
  10. Agreement on Goethehöfe . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . October 11, 2014, p. 38 .
  11. ^ Groundbreaking ceremony for the German Romantic Museum. In: Retrieved June 20, 2016 .
  12. German Romantic Museum celebrates topping-out ceremony. In: Retrieved September 11, 2017 .
  13. Frankfurt: Romantic Museum will not open until 2021. In: Frankfurter Rundschau. Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, July 21, 2019, accessed on May 8, 2021 .
  14. ↑ Representing the diversity of the epoch , Deutschlandfunk Kultur, September 13, 2021, accessed on September 14, 2021.

Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 39.4 ″  N , 8 ° 40 ′ 39 ″  E