Inside tip Frankfurt

City Guide Frankfurt: Portikus
Olafur Eliasson: "Light Lab", 2008 (Courtesy Portikus, Frankfurt am Main/Foto: Katrin Schilling)


Up-and-coming international artists exhibit in the tall slender building.

The gallery is Kasper König’s baby. As the Director of the Städel Academy, in 1987 he made the existence of an exhibition hall a condition for accepting the job. To that end, a container was provisionally outfitted as a gallery at the old Portikus. Since 2006, the institution is housed on an island on the Main River in the "New Portikus": In a tall slender new building resplendent in red, with a light installation by Olafur Eliasson on the hip roof. Inside, a high room with 100 square meters and a wraparound gallery level awaits art. Each year, up to six site-specific productions are hosted – by international, up-and-coming artists as a rule, selected by the respective Director of the Städel Academy and by a curator, who changes every three years.


Adress: Alte Brücke 2, Maininsel, Frankfurt, opening hours: Thues. and Thurs. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; please check the Website for opening hours on holidays.

Das Städel (1), Museum für Moderne Kunst (2), Schirn-Kunsthalle (3), Museum für angewandte Kunst (4), Kunstverein (5), Portikus (6), Basis (7)