The “Kunstgewerbeverein in Frankfurt am Main e.V.” – the society of friends of the museum – has been in existence since 1877; in 1881 it founded the present-day Museum Angewandte Kunst.
At that time, under the auspices of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft, it brought together collectors, patrons, entrepreneurs, artisans and art admirers who sought a means of benefitting society with their community spirit and their love for art. In the nineteenth century, societies and museums emerged all over Europe with the aim of assembling works of applied art from all eras and corners of the earth as a basis for studying the history of art and culture and providing inspiration to artisans and industrial designers.
Today, with its two subsidiaries and approximately six hundred members, the society provides material and non-material support to the Museum Angewandte Kunst. Thanks to its efforts, the Historische Villa Metzler on Schaumainkai has become a setting for cultural encounter and events. The society decisively supported the 2012 purchase of the Riese collection comprising 180 precious Japanese woodcuts.
As a member of the Kunstgewerbeverein, you enjoy many advantages when you visit your museum!
Learn more at the society’s website