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“Complete waste of time - avoid at all costs”

Museum Angewandte Kunst
Ranked #86 of 433 things to do in Frankfurt
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Owner description: This museum is filled with sculptures, carvings and other hand-made artwork from throughout the world.
Reviewed June 15, 2014

What was once a museum of applied arts renowned far and wide for its comprehensive collections has become an empty shell of pretentious cr*p wrapped in cheap philosophy and "modern" design.

The museum is now basically empty, with huge halls in the interior containing little more than a handful of historical objects and haphazard displays that make no sense. Apparently, the new museum leadership decided it was time to reinvent the wheel. The beautiful, logically organized exhibitions of applied arts were dismantled but they were not really replaced with anything else.

What you can find inside are a few small minimalist, uninspiring exhibitions on widely unrelated topics and with very little actual historical material. In an attempt to "redefine" the museum the answer has come in the form of a wild mix of display cases containing unrelated objects taken completely out of any context. The added value however comes in the form of supposedly wise thoughts written on the walls alongside that suggest the exhibition was managed by some deeply philosophical people.

The only thing that this sort of approach really demonstrates is that the "experts" in charge have little knowledge of the work they have been entrusted with. Furthermore, it is a degradation of the precious historical objects, interesting collections and the painstaking work of the many previous generations of museum curators.

As a museum curator by profession I can only say that the museum of applied arts has been a huge disappointment. I wonder whether it is actually a museum any more - certainly it has very little to do with applied arts. So I can only concur with the previous reviews. Avoid this museum if at all possible and hope that some in the future things will get better (or at least the way they used to be).

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The house part is fairly nice but quite limited to furniture and a few pieces. It feels like there should be more to this collection. The pieces in e modern addition are worthless.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This large museum boasts another example of beautiful museum architecture in Frankfurt — see the photos — and when we visited, they had three fascinating shows, the first of which was a large exhibition on Korean design that set it within the context of the countries history and had many interesting traditional and modern objects. By far the wildest exhibition was devoted to the works of Alexander McQueen and other out fashion designers of the 80s who designed fantasy fantastic clothing that no one could ever wear but which was fun to look at. The exhibit rooms were designed to be as crazy as the fashion, which was fun, and good film about a Japanese designer one of the best parts as an unusually. The last exhibition, 1607, combined both fantasy and down-to-earth objects: the operating conceit was that a (fictional) ship belonging to a (fictional) collector of both Asian and Western artworks sunk and archeologists just discovered it, so the rooms juxtaposed beautiful examples of 17C-art works from China and Europe, etc. The shows change, of course, but the ones we shaw give some idea of the daring with which the museum conceived and organizes them.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017
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Reviewed July 12, 2017
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