Collections at the Museum Angewandte Kunst

The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main is dedicated to applied art, to form in crafts, design, fashion, book art, graphics and architecture, to lifestyles and the performative.

Asian Collection
Neolithic to present: East Asia and Middle East, especially Chinese ceramics, Japanese painting, book and woodcut art, East Asian lacquer, Buddhist sculpture/plastics from China and Thailand, ceramics, metal art and textiles from Iran
Head custodian and curator
Dr. Stephan Graf v. d. Schulenburg

Book art and graphic art
Middle Ages to the present: illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, book art since the Renaissance, family books, scribe’s books, artists’ books, coloured papers, bindings, commercial graphics, ornamental engravings, master sheets, posters, graphic design and free graphics
Head Custodian and Curator
Dr. Eva Linhart

Objects from industrial production, primarily from 20th and 21st century Europe: furniture, tableware and cutlery, everyday objects, hi-fi, home and office appliances; sketches and design models.
Head Custodian and Curator
Grit Weber M.A.

Applied Art in Europe
Arts and crafts from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the 19th to 21st centuries, especially ceramics, glass, silver and goldsmith’s work, enamel art, furniture, textiles, etc.
Head Custodian and Curator
Dr. Katharina Weiler

Icon Museum
Icons from the 15th to the 20th century from Russian, post-Byzantine, Italo-Cretan, Romanian and Ethiopian traditions.
Head Custodian and Curator
Dr. Konstanze Runge

Fashion, Body and Performative
Head Custodian and Curator
Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka

Foto: Günzel/Rademacher © Museum Angewandte Kunst

Loan requests to the Museum Angewandte Kunst

You would like to make a loan request?

We appreciate your interest in our collection and kindly ask you to consider the following:

1. Please send your loan request in a timely manner and, if possible, no later than six months prior to the start of the exhibition, either digitally or by post, to the Directorate

Directorate: Prof. Matthias Wagner K
Sandra Kaiser-Schwarz:
As well as a copy to the Registrar’s Office
Isabelle Kollig
Postal address: Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt, Germany

2. Please include the following information and documents with your loan request:

  • Title, location and duration of the exhibition
  • Exhibition concept
  • Facility report
3. You will receive a prompt confirmation of receipt of your request. Our general loan conditions are the usual ones:
  • Our loan contract will be used.
  • We insure from nail to nail via our insurance company at your expense.
  • We usually charge a handling fee, which depends on the amount of work involved in the loan process and roughly corresponds to an hourly wage of 70,- €.
  • You are responsible for organising and financing the outward and return transport as well as the packaging, usually with a reputable art shipping company.
  • If necessary, you organise and finance the travel and overnight stay(s) of a courier.
  • The object-specific loan specifications for transport and exhibition are determined individually by our restorers and recorded in the loan contract.

4. The Directorate, the Board of Trustees and the Restoration Department will decide on your request. You will then be informed by the registrar’s office, which will subsequently take over the further processing if necessary.

If you have any queries, please contact our registry:

Donations to the Museum Angewandte Kunst

You would like to contribute to our collection with a donation?
We would be delighted to receive your donation offer and kindly ask you to pay attention to the following:

1. Please do not bring any objects to the museum (or send them by post) without contacting us in advance, we cannot accept them immediately for legal reasons.
Thank you for your understanding.

2. Please send a short e-mail with your name and contact details and the following information to the registry:

  • What is it you would like to donate? All available information about the object(s), as well as photos. Artist/Maker and material, date, place of manufacturing, current condition, etc.
  • How and when did the respective object come into your possession, what do you know about its origin and history?

You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your enquiry. If necessary, we will ask for an appointment to examine the objects on site. A committee from the various departments of the museum (curator, restoration, management, collection/archive, registry, provenance research) usually meets monthly to decide whether a donation can be accepted. We will contact you as soon as a decision has been made.

3. If the decision is positive, we will draw up a donation contract with you. As soon as this has been signed by both contracting parties, we can transfer the object to the museum.

4 The Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt will then send you a donation receipt for the value of the donation, if you so wish.

5. Please understand that the entire donation process can take several weeks to months and that we cannot accept any requests regarding the date of the donation receipt.

Why can’t the museum accept every donation?

The Museum Angewandte Kunst has the duty to collect and preserve, to research and to communicate.
Our collections are constantly documented, cared for and conserved at great expense of time and within the framework of limited financial and personnel resources. With each addition to our collection through a donation, this time-consuming task of preservation grows. By following a collection concept, we set certain priorities in the expansion of the collections. The size of the depots themselves, not least, creates additional limits for us.

The question of the origin and history of art and cultural assets has also become increasingly important in the international museum sector and in the art trade in recent years. The Museum Angewandte Kunst has committed itself to the best possible clarification of an object’s provenance, especially with regard to cultural objects seized as a result of persecution during the Nazi era as well as looted goods from the colonial era. In this respect, we also examine all offers of donation. For further information, please read: German Lost Art Foundation – Washington Principles

We look forward to receiving your donation offer and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your cooperation.