The Künstlerhaus Mousonturm opened in 1988 as one of the first independent production houses in Germany. Today it is recognized internationally as one of the most influential and successful independent production centres. With over 4000 m2 of space in the protected monument that was once the tower of the former Mouson soap factory including a theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal stages and studios, artists’ accommodation, stage workshops plus its links with Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and Frankfurt LAB, it offers outstanding production and performance facilities and is also available for event hire. Matthias Pees has been Künstlerhaus Mousonturm’s Artistic and Managing Director since 1st August 2013.
As an “artists’ house” we place recurring exchanges with creative artists, groups and collectives working in the contemporary independent sector in German-speaking, European and extra-European territories at the heart of our programming and productions. Contemporary dance and choreography, performance and innovative forms of international theatre by directors, writers and actors who come from beyond German-speaking territories and can therefore bring us closer to other forms of aesthetic expression and more radical methods of political action form the central impulse of the Mousonturm’s programme. In addition, scope remains for contemporary music and visual arts: we also screen films, organize concerts and present installations. Beyond this we regard the city and its metropolitan region as a stage, a space for interventions and actions that we regularly wish to perform in and to explore together with its citizens.
Frankfurt Declaration of the MANY
Numerous arts, cultural and scientific institutions in Frankfurt have already signed the Frankfurt declaration of the MANY. The Frankfurt Declaration of the MANY articulates solidarity within the arts, culture and science as part of civil society’s engagement against nativist-nationalist, fundamentalist, populist and authoritarian world views, and against right-wing incitement against, exclusion and disparagement of other people. With this declaration activists within Frankfurt’s artistic, cultural and scientific landscape are sending a socio-political signal that affects everyone’s daily practice. The publication of the declaration by the Frankfurt MANY is part of the initiative THE MANY and part of the initiative of further signatories who have joined and will join the MANY with their own declarations across the nation.