Cook & Cross
with Max Hollein through the new städel

Max Hollein – art expert and manager – speaks the language and knows the codes of both worlds. With degrees in business administration and art history, he has been director of the Städel Museum since 2006. As such, he heads one of the most renowned German art museums with the oldest civic foundation in Germany. In February of this year, the underground Garden Hall was opened – a 3,000 m3 extension for contemporary art. 26 million euros for the Städel’s renovation and expansion were raised through donations alone – from small amounts by text message to yellow rubber boots and major corporate contributions.

How do you stage a museum renovation as a “citizens’ movement”? How can a museum have an impact on the city and inspire people of all ages? Max Hollein takes us on a tour of the new Städel Museum. The evening will end with wine and an Italian menu at Gennaro’s.

Städel Museum
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main


  • Classic Italian starters: Mozzarella with tomato, Parma ham, grilled vegetables, prawns and ruccola salad with Parmesan cheese
  • Saddle of veal with white wine risotto
  • Crème brûlée with fruit

Cook & Cross is a Germany-wide networking initiative for architects and the real estate industry. We invite you to evenings of culinary extravaganzas, inspiring insights, and stimulating conversations. Cook & Cross comes in different variations – with impressive chefs, charming surprise guests, or excursions to hidden places. Intelligent entertainment – enjoy it with all your senses.

Cook & Cross is an initiative by the companies Busch-Jaeger, Duravit, and Forbo.