As the Städel Museum’s most prominent collection space, the new Städel Garden invites visitors to discover outstanding works of modern and contemporary art, take a break in the green and enjoy the view of the Frankfurt skyline.
New Presentation of the Sculptures
A total of fourteen sculptures from the museum’s own holdings are presented—including the most recent acquisition, “Si par une nuit d’hiver un voyageur” (2017) by Elmgreen & Dragset. In a new setting, the selection of works from artists like August Gaul, Georg Kolbe, Reg Butler, Per Kirkeby and Tobias Rehberger shed light on the development of sculpture over the last 100 years.
Various structural measures were implemented in the Städel Garden on an area of approximately 5,200 m²: The sculptures are now placed on their own sandstone plinths in dedicated fields planted with ivy and white flowers. In front of the main entrance of the Städel Museum, a large forecourt has been created as a central meeting place for visitors.
Around the entire museum building, the ground level was raised and paved with Mayen basalt lava. Seating groups, chairs, and benches are available to relax in the new Städel Garden.
To save drinking water, two cisterns were built to collect rainwater for watering the garden’s green areas. In the course of this, the drainage systems were also renewed.
In addition, a barrier-free entrance with a lift system was installed at the museum’s main entrance, which now allows visitors with limited mobility to reach the Städel quickly and centrally.