Pop Up Monu
7.– 17.SEPT Willy Brandt Platz

Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt am Main

The Pop Up Monument will be located on Willy-Brandt-Platz, Frankfurt am Main, from 7 – 17 September.

For 11 days, the Jewish Museum is moving into a monument made of a transparent membrane and shaped like a traversable bubble. In this fragile yet spacious monument we are presenting a festival of contemporary Jewish culture. Discover the Jewish sides of Frankfurt in discussions, concerts, films and walks.

Open daily from 10 a.m.!


Open monument: daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., free admission

A space für encounters. Come and discover Jewish places and personalities in Frankfurt. Have a look into our new permanent exhibition. Have a coffee, take a break while enjoying Willy-Brandt-Platz in a quite different way.


  • Soft OpeningPop Up workshop for all ages: a designer chair in 20 minutes

    Designer chair

    The architect and art collective raumlaborberlin has designed a new object for the Pop Up Monument: the Frankfurt Chair. We want to build this chair with you on site. So why not roll up your sleeves and join in? Building your chair will take around 20 minutes – wood and tools will be available. You won’t just be contributing to our Pop Up Monument: you can also sign your chair and pick it up after the end of the festival. Your Frankfurt Chair will then become a memento that you can continue using. And it’s worth the effort: a number of chairs by raumlaborberlin are already being exhibited as design pieces in museums and galleries!

    Free admission

  • ConcertTrio Scho

    Trio Scho

    “SCHO” (Russian “shto”) is slang and means something like “What should be?!” – and for Trio SCHO it means “We make music, our music!” The group play Yiddish, Russian and German songs, in some cases in a style they call “Russian coffee house music” and in others as “Russa nova”.

    The trio was founded in 1991 in the Ukrainian city of Poltava and has been based in Berlin since 1994. They perform on violin, guitar, accordion and double bass and the wide spectrum of their music extends from the 1920s till today, including both covers and their own compositions. They have taken part in international klezmer festivals and, through their collaborations with film-makers Christoph Schlingensief and Dominik Graf, have become an established formation in the cultural film scene.

    Free admission

  • ReadingMusicJonas Engelmann in conversation with Fritz Backhaus and DJ Janeck Altshuler aka La Bolschevita: “Wurzellose Kosmopoliten“ (Rootless Cosmopolitans)

    Jonas Engelmann La Bolshevita

    Jonas Engelmann is a freelance journalist and works for the publishers Ventil Verlag. In his book “Wurzellose Kosmopoliten” (Rootless Cosmopolitans) he investigates the traces of Jewish experience found in the Superman genre and other aspects of musical and popular culture. What is a “Luftmensch” (air person)? Engelmann turns the negative caricature of the rootless Jew without a domicile on its head, arriving at a positive image that emphasizes the mobility, freedom and independence of cosmopolitan perspectives. The musical articulation of these perspectives is illustrated by Janeck Altshuler’s DJ set. His samples drawn from Balkan music, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, bhangra and klezmer trace the mobility around which the conversation about the Rootless Cosmopolitans will revolve. Altshuler has made a name for himself with his unique sound both at the Wiesbaden’s renowned Schlachthof cultural centre and in the international Balkan-music scene. Take a listen for yourself!

    Admission: 10 € / concession 8 €

  • Short film night


    Enjoy a special short film night in the Pop Up Monument. We will be showing four short films whose protagonists all in different ways reach their limits. Some of these stories are tragicomic and bizarre, while others address themes of vulnerability and disillusionment.

    The films being screened are: The Little Dictator (Israel 2015, 28 minutes, director: Nurit Cohn), Wig Shop (USA 2016, 16 minutes, director: Kat Coiro), Mushkie (Israel 2016, 13 minutes, director: Aleezer Chanowitz) and Sidney Turtlebaum (GB 2008, 20 minutes, director: Tristram Shapeero).

    Admission: 10 € / concession 8 €

  • Children’s programmeSinging like professionals with Maya Saban

    Maya Saban

    A highlight of our Pop Up programme for young visitors is specially designed for young people from 12 years of age: a song workshop led by the well-known singer and songwriter Maya Saban, who has toured with Katy Perry and Lena Meyer-Landrut and been a coach for the TV talent show The Voice – Kids. In the workshop, participants will be given different voice parts, get tips on singing technique and learn Hebrew and Yiddish songs in groups. The end result will be a collective performance we can all look forward to.

    Admission: 6 €

  • Closing party with Jewdyssee

    Michel Bergmann

    After eleven days in the middle of the city with the Pop Up Monument, we will have explored old and new Jewish aspects of Frankfurt, enjoyed concerts, readings, discussions and films, and discussed a range of topics with one another. To conclude this experience we would like to celebrate our last evening in the monument with you and the band Jewdysee.

    Jewdyssee is musical “Yiddishkait” – which needs to be not only experienced but also celebrated! Maya Saban and her band give Yiddish musical culture a new intercultural orientation by combining club sounds with traditionals and electro beats with swing. Founded in 2008, the German-Israeli band from Berlin links the Orient with the Occident, the Middle East with the Eastern Bloc. In 2015 they provided the official song for the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, “Maccabi Chai”.

    A collaboration with the Frankfurt Jewish Community.

    And don’t forget that at the end of the evening you will be able to take the Frankfurt Chair you built home with you – or you can pick it up the next day between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Pop Up Monument.

    Admission: 10 € / concession 8 €

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