#exhibition | William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter

As if book fair wouldn’t be exhausting enough we were invited to the opening of “William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter” last Friday. I went there with my wonderful colleague Martina and my boss because the publisher I work for will produce the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. I love openings as you all know but it was tough to attend one after a whole day at the fair. Of course we still stayed until the middle of the night, because there was a dinner in honor of the artist afterwards. It was very exciting to meet someone as great and famous as Forsythe. He is a known genius and changed the way we know Ballet dance forever. I am a big fan of his work and so I really enjoyed Friday. We had a lot of time to check everything out before dinner and the exhibition is great. It’s very interactive too. An important characteristic of Forsythe’s works is the organization of movement.

The exhibition features large scale installations, including several site-specific works developed especially for it.  Everybody can move freely through the exhibition and thus become part of the impressive choreographic arrangement the artist invented in Frankfurt.

In the exhibition, Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects enter a dialogue with the museum architecture by Hans Hollein and the masterpieces from the MMK collection. The latter were selected by the artist according to content-related correspondences as well as formal analogies. Line, movement, sound, compositional structures and aspects of performance in space play a key role in all of the works. I was still surprised by some choices he made, but that’s very personal of course and I don’t like to spoil you totally.

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As soon as you enter the museum you’re part of the big installation “City of Abstracts” from the year 2000. It was shown in Frankfurt about ten years ago for the first time. It’s an installation with a gigantic screen and several cameras. They film the moves of everybody standing in front of it, changing it to an abstract kind a slow mo movie. It’s so much fun, I could have stayed in front of it forever.

It also gives you a great idea of Forsythe’s way to work and thinking. I think it’s a great start for the exhibition.


This is the installation “The Fact of Matter” (2009) which the exhibition is named after. The idea is simple. You are just allowed to use the strings and rings to cross the room. It’s all about moving and I love it especially because it invites you to explore and interact with art. I couldn’t try it because the lines were so long but I hope there will be a chance soon.


The museum was founded in 1981. In 1983 Vienna-based architect Hans Hollein was awarded 1st Prize in the competition for the building and commissioned to handle the project. MMK officially opened in June 1991. The architecture is magnificent and just the right place for Forsythe’s works. If you like to read more about the building check out the museum’s website.


William Forsythe is as great as his works in person. I am really thankful I had the chance of meeting him and couldn’t go without a little remembrance selfie 😉

The exhibition was much more fun than most others I’ve seen in my life and I can highly recommend it to anybody who is interested in art and dance. For more impressions watch the awesome trailer.

The exhibition trailer

#museum | MMK Frankfurt

#exhibition | William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter

#until | March 13, 2016

3 thoughts on “#exhibition | William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter

  1. Thank you for the wonderful post, Michelle. We’re glad you enjoyed the opening and exhibition and look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt again soon!

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