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A museum for the Romantic era

The Romantic era marks a key point in German and European history. The proposal for the Romantik-Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, aims to open up this era to the public. Deutsche Bank supports this important project not only as a financial partner, but also through volunteer efforts of its employees.

“It's about longing” – design of the German Romantik-Museum campaign

Deutsches Romantik Museum Plakat Sehnsucht



With the advent of Romanticism in Europe and Germany, artists cast off the ancient rules and forms of the Classical world and the rationalistic approach of the Enlightenment. In their stead, they turned towards their own cultural history with its colorful myths and fairytales. Nature, desire, the soul – these were some of the topics which the Romantics felt strongly about and from which they went on to create masterpieces of German literature and art.

A unique opportunity has now presented itself to make an impressive number of these works accessible to the public in Frankfurt, where they were stored in the archives of the Freies Deutsches Hochstift until now. The building adjacent to the Goethe-Haus, the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, has been taken down, offering building space for a museum dedicated solely to the Romantic era, the German Romantik-Museum. Deutsche Bank has been a firm supporter of this project from its inception and has pledged 1.5 million Euros for the construction of the building.

"The German Romantik-Museum allows us to close a significant gap in German museum culture. At the same time, its construction opens new perspectives for the Goethe-Haus in Frankfurt," explains Professor Dr. Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken, Director of Freies Deutsches Hochstift and Goethe-Museum Frankfurt.

Making room for Romanticism

1,800 qm

will be available for the exhibition of Romantic art and literature after construction.

Festival for families at the Goethe-Museum

The Bank is not only financial sponsor of the Romantik-Museum, however. It has also actively contributed to fundraising initiatives, which aim to build awareness for the number of donations still required to realize the construction of the museum. For instance, Deutsche Bank organized a festival for families with the volunteer efforts of 17 employees in and around the Goethe-Haus on October 5, 2013. Families and citizens of Frankfurt were invited to experience the Romantic era in its colorful forms and its diverse topics. From the painting of arabesques to the retelling of fairytales by celebrity storytellers like the Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann, the festival had something in store for everyone.


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