Line, Form and Function: architecture by Ferdinand Kramer at DAM Frankfurt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum is hosting a major retrospective on the buildings of the german architect featuring plans, historical photographs and architectural models from five decades, along with contemporary images that reflect the buildings in their current condition.

 

Ferdinand Kramer: lecture halls I (1958) and II (1964) Frankfurt University, photo: 2015 © DAM, photo: Norbert Miguletz

Ferdinand Kramer: lecture halls I (1958) and II (1964) Frankfurt University © DAM, photo: Norbert Miguletz, 2015

 

The works of classical Modernist architects have time and again inspired exhibitions at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. Indeed, the protagonists of the “New Frankfurt” movement in the 1920s have been the focus of numerous retrospectives, including those on Mart Stam (1997), Martin Elsaesser (2009), and on several occasions Ernst May, the mastermind behind the Frankfurt model (1986, 2001 and 2011).

Ferdinand Kramer (1898-1985) was one of the leading lights of the May era in Frankfurt. Today he is not only recognized for his furniture designs, but above all known for his magnum opus: the buildings that made up the University Campus in Frankfurt’s Bockenheim district. (more…)