The House of the Graphic Arts Collection
The graphic collections of the Augustinermuseum and the Museum für Neue Kunst have a new home since September 2016. Frankfurt architect Christoph Mäckler drew up the plans: a narrow façade that blends harmoniously into the streetscape of Salzstraße – behind it a state-of-the-art building is hidden that meets all the needs of the sensitive objects.
Three storage rooms offer enough space for about 90,000 drawings, prints and photographs – which are stored at ideal humidity and temperature. Of course, graphic art is not only preserved here, but also displayed. The temporary exhibition room presents three exhibitions a year: from medieval woodcuts in small format to contemporary pictorial worlds in black ink. The special exhibitions that run here are curated by the Augustinermuseum or the Museum für Neue Kunst. Lovers of the graphic arts of all times thus get their money's worth.
Visitors find their way into the exhibition room over the fantastic looking Kleinodientreppe, which Christoph Mäckler planned as the centrepiece and hinge of the building. Valuable clocks from the Ehrensberger Collection gleam in illuminated display cases set into the wall.
Everything under one roof
All the important functional rooms are united here under one roof – a great logistical advantage. In addition to the exhibition room and the curators' offices, the museum holds a presentation room as well. Anyone who is particularly interested in a particular print from the collections can take a look at it there after prior appointment.
If an object needs a little care before it is exhibited, it does not have to travel far. The restoration workshop is also located within the building. And thanks to the large gate and the spacious delivery zone, art transports can drive directly into the building.Objects are safely unloaded and unpacked there. If necessary, they can also be brought from here to the Augustinermuseum via an underground passage.
A modern museum complex is being built
With the completion of the 3rd construction phase, an above-ground walkway will be accessible to all: The footbridge that now still leads across the construction site will enable visitors to take a complete tour from the Augustinermuseum to the Haus der Graphischen Sammlung.