Portikus Frankfurt am Main is an exhibition hall for contemporary art. Its name derives from the preserved portico of the Municipal Library of 1825, which was destroyed during World War II. In 1987, this vestige of this classical building once again fulfilled its architectural function as a facade when the frankfurt-based architects Marie-Theres Deutsch and Klaus Dreißigacker built a simple but precise white cube: the Portikus gallery. As well as presenting current work from internationally renowned artists, Portikus showcases important young perspectives from around the world.

Portikus, Foto: Holger Ullmann, Copyright: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main

Due to the reconstruction of the former public library in 2003, after 16 years and more than 100 exhibitions, Portikus moved into the ground floor of the historical building known as the Leinwandhaus. Since Spring 2006, Portikus moved into a new building designed by Christop Mäckler. The new Portikus is located on an island at Frankfurt`s oldest bridge crossing the river Main.

The relationship of Portikus to the city is defined by its association with the Städelschule, Academy of Fine Arts; this link allowes an intens exchange between the exhibiting artists and the students of the art academy.

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