Calender of Events 2021

+++ Due to COVID-19, there may be restrictions or short-term changes to events and exhibitions. +++


Darmstadt offers a variety of events, be it the big or small traditional festivals, cultural highlights or special exhibitions in the Darmstadt's museums.

Already repaired or still to be saved? - On dealing with things in everyday life and museums

05.09.20 - 26.09.21

The rules in the museum are different from those in everyday life. While objects of daily use are repaired, reused or maintained, the museum tries to change them as little as possible. The traces of time should be preserved, as they are important contemporary witnesses in the way society deals with its history.


The MUSEUM Jagdschloss Kranichstein searches for traces and makes the story behind the repairs and restorations of paintings, textiles, weapons and furniture visible.

HILDE ROTH. A time travel through Darmstadt 1950 – 1990

29.05.21 - 03.10.21

“HILDE ROTH. A journey through time through Darmstadt 1950–1990 ”is the first time that the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt is dedicating an exhibition to the photographer and post-war reporter Hilde Roth. It is thus continuing its successful series of exhibitions in the urban outdoor space, which began with "TRAUTES HEIM" at the 11th Darmstadt Photography Days in autumn 2020. Hilde Roth's photographic work will be presented in ten central locations in the city. The show shows around 220 black and white photographs on large-format picture cubes and weatherproof presentations as well as 800 works as a digital photo album on monitors.

SPATIAL ART - Made in Darmstadt 1904 to 1914

01.06.21 - 28.11.21

The new collection presentation part 2


At the centre of the new collection presentation in the Museum Künstlerkolonie are the three major architecture exhibitions that took place in 1904, 1908 and 1914 on Mathildenhöhe. Using thematic focal points, the exhibition highlights the innovative work and creative achievements of the members of the Darmstadt artists' colony (1899–1914) at the beginning of the 20th century.


Following on from “Spatial Art - Made in Darmstadt 1901”, the second part of the collection exhibition also refers to the idea of ​​the artist colony members to achieve a penetration of art and everyday life with each individual project draft. Individual objects should not only be aesthetically designed, but also merge into a total work of art in interaction - as part of completely designed room arrangements. The artists' colony members made important contributions to the aestheticization of everyday life by building and furnishing exemplary houses. In the presentation of the collection, the idea of ​​a new living culture can be experienced using several innovative room ensembles.

John Gerrard. Lufkin (near Hugo, Colorado)

21.06.21 - 20.06.22

For a year, the clocks in the foyer of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt will be different. From 21. Juni 2021 to 20. June 2022, a slow machine ballet will take place there to the rhythm of the American Mountain Time time zone. ‹Lufkin (near Hugo, Colorado)›, one of the early real-time simulations by Irish artist John Gerrard from 2009, can also be observed from the forecourt and can be seen differently around the clock.

Joseph Beuys. Ulysses

30.06.21 - 31.10.21

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) the exhibition “Joseph Beuys. Ulysses ”for the first time all six issues, both analogue and digital, so that Beuys enses has an immense potential of artistic ideas and energies that was previously locked and hidden between the six black notebooks. I.a. Thanks to a digital interactive animation that was developed on the basis of the most modern scanning processes, visitors can leaf through the pages of the magazine and zoom in, as if they were walking through Beuys ‘drawings and looking into the artist's thoughts.

Collectors donate art to the Art Archive

04.07.21 - 01.10.21

It is the first exhibition after the long Corona closing times in the Kunst Archiv Darmstadt e.V. that is dedicated to a particularly beautiful topic! The collection of the art archive lives almost exclusively from donations from private property and artist estates - there is no budget. The collection includes well over 20,000 works by Darmstadt artists.


Among the donors and donors there is an astonishingly large number of collecting women, some of whom took part very actively in the artistic upheaval after the Second World War, were connected to many artists or had and have a large network of creative people.

Facing Britain. British documentary photography since the 1960s

04.09.21 - 09.01.22

The United Kingdom has played a special role in Europe, and not just since Brexit. In addition to the geographical distance, the exit from the EU on January 31, 2020 also resulted in a political and emotional distance. In 'Facing Britain', a comprehensive overview of British documentary photography since the 1960s, we come very close to the island nation through the lenses of 48 British photographers.

Jewish life in Darmstadt - festival year - 100 days, 1700 years

05.09.21 - 28.11.21

This year, the City of Darmstadt is celebrating its rich Jewish history and present with the festival year '100 days, 1700 years - Jewish life in Darmstadt'. Therefore, the city, the Jewish community and the Centralstation have teamed up with other cultural institutions and many civil society actors to put together a diverse and extraordinary festival year programme.


Lectures and workshops for children and adults, film screenings and concerts, art exhibitions and theatre performances, excursions and radio broadcasts, a comic anthology and a film by and with young people bring centuries of Judaism back to life in and around Darmstadt and invite you to listen and participate.

The dawn of modernity - garden architecture from the 1950s to 1970s in the Rhine-Main area

17.09.21 - 24.10.21

So far, the gardens and parks of post-war modernism are still largely unknown. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the special features of these sensitive facilities, which are now threatened with loss, using selected examples from the Rhine-Main area. Only if it is possible to preserve and continuously maintain this unique cultural evidence their diversity can be secured for the future.


After the opening, the exhibition is open on Wednesday and Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Entry is free

Heiner Herbstvergnügen at the Messplatz

24.09.21 - 10.10.21
12:00 - 22:00

The "1. Heiner Herbstvergnügen" invites you to have fun with a variety of rides and games as well as specialty snacks from 24. September until 10. October.


Opening hours:

24. September to 10. October

Monday to Thursday: 2 pm to 10 pm

Friday: 2 pm to 11 pm

Saturday: 12 pm to 11 pm

Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm

Food stalls are open daily from 12 pm.

albinmüller³. architect designer teacher

03.10.21 - 30.01.22

In autumn 2021, the Institute Mathildenhöhe will celebrate the 150th birthday of the architect, designer and spatial artist Albin Müller. The exhibition in the Museum Artists' Colony places a special focus on Müller's mutual activity as artist-designer and teacher in the years 1900 to 1914.

Me. Max Liebermann. A European Artist

08.10.21 - 09.01.22

Hardly any other artist of his time is as omnipresent in German museums and exhibition halls as Max Liebermann. His role as a pioneer of modernism and the most important representative of German impressionism has often been described. Liebermann was a well-connected painter.


The Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt presents a comprehensive exhibition with outstanding loans from private collections, some of which have never been shown to the public.

Bellotto Draws

20.10.21 - 15.01.23

On the occasion of his 300th birthday, the Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt is celebrating the artist with the large exhibition "Bellotto Draws" (working title). The bundle of Bellotto drawings has been in the HLMD's holdings since 1829. It entered the museum's collection along with four drawings by Bellotto's uncle and teacher Canal. What is special is that all sheets come from one and the same source, namely the estate of the artist himself. So far, this collection has only been exhibited once, namely in 1981 in Darmstadt. 40 years later, the renewed presentation promises significant new insights.

Once upon a time... Childhood at court

22.10.21 - 13.02.22

Once upon a time there was a brave prince and a beautiful princess... - that's how fairy tales that tell of an alleged carefree life, precious clothes and magnificent castles begin.


But what was everyday life really like for royal children growing up at a small princely court like Hesse-Darmstadt?


Being born to rule meant above all discipline and obedience, as personal well-being must take second place to higher dynastic interests. From birth, every public appearance was in the service of representation. Training and education served to prepare the children to play their role at court as perfectly as possible.


The exhibition focuses on the numerous portraits of children preserved in the House of Hesse from the late 16th to the early 20th century. Baptismal gifts, baby bottles and tin soldiers, timetables, canes and pincushions also provide an insight into the everyday life of the young princes and princesses through the centuries.

American Heiner. A Mammoth making History. In Cooperation with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

25.03.22 - 19.06.22

The Darmstadt mammoth is American, a mastodon, and a sensation in paleontology history: in 1801, it was the first museum-assembled skeleton of an extinct large animal in the US and so significant that american president Thomas Jefferson considered the site a national affair and Alexander von Humboldt visited it during his trip to the United States. Around 1850, the skeleton came via a number of detours to Darmstadt. For more than one hundred and fifty years it has been a Darmstädter or, as one says here, a true Heiner. The exhibition "American Heiner" traces the history of this world-famous fossil elephant skeleton, which, according to its discoverer, is also called "Peale's Mastodon".

Events "See you in Darmstadt!"

Dates of many large and small events in Darmstadt can be found on the page "Wir seh'n uns!".

Events in the Rhine-Main region

On the page of Frankfurt Ticket RheinMain you find tickets for events in the Rhine-Main region.

Darmstadt Card

The Darmstadt Card is available as a one-and two-day ticket, it includes the use of all public transport in the city area (fare zone 40) and discounts to numerous cultural facilities.