Frankfurt stairs / XX. century - Frankfurter Treppe / XX. Jahrhundert

The Frankfurt Staircase / XX. Century is a wall mosaic by Stephan Huber . The work of art made in 1999 from around 2.7 million mosaic stones is located in the main foyer of the Main Tower in Frankfurt am Main .

On these stairs, Huber gathers 56 personalities of the 20th century who are particularly connected to Frankfurt, who worked here - such as the Attorney General Fritz Bauer or Paul Ehrlich - or who were born here - such as Anne Frank or Otto Hahn .

The mosaic is the execution of a black and white photo montage in glass stones of different shades of gray, surrounded by blue glass stones, which underline the monochrome of the mosaic. It is located on the walls that separate the entrance hall from the elevator vestibule, which is no longer accessible to the public, and takes up the entire height of the entrance hall. Due to the somewhat distorted perspective, the people in the upper area of ​​the stairs can be seen better, they appear roughly life-size at eye level. The way to the elevators to the 56 floors leads through these stairs.

The 56 people on the Frankfurt stairs / XX. Century (from top left to bottom right) are:
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), theologian
Friedrich Dessauer (1881–1963), biophysicist
Peter Palitzsch (1918–2004), theater director
Oswald von Nell-Breuning (1890–1991), moral theologian
Helmut Walcha (1907–1991), organist
Clemens Krauss (1893–1954), conductor
Franz Völker (1899–1965), chamber singer
William Forsythe (1949), choreographer
Bernhard Grzimek (1909–1987), zoologist
Alexander Kluge (born 1932) , Filmmaker
Benno Reifenberg(1892–1970), publicist
Peter Suhrkamp (1891–1959), publisher
Jean-Christophe Ammann (1939–2015), art historian
Georg Swarzenski (1876–1957), art historian
Hilmar Hoffmann (1925–2018), cultural politician
Heiner Blum (b. 1959), artist
Robert Gernhardt (1937–2006), writer
Peter P. Schweger (born 1935), architect
Paul Ehrlich (1854–1915), physician
Leo Frobenius (1873–1938), cultural philosopher
Liesel Christ (1919–1996), Actress
Margarete Mitscherlich (1917–2012), psychoanalyst
Fritz Remond(1902–1976), theater director
Paul Hindemith (1895–1963), composer
Martin Buber (1887–1965), social and religious philosopher
Heiner Goebbels (born 1952), composer
Franz Rosenzweig (1868–1929), religious philosopher
Max Horkheimer (1895 –1973), social philosopher
Fritz von Unruh (1885–1970), writer
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897–2000), architect
Martin Elsaesser (1884–1957), architect
Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), philosopher
Siegfried Unseld (1924 –2002), publisher
Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920–2013), literary critic
Jürgen Habermas(born 1929), philosopher
Hartmut Michel (born 1948), biochemist
Ignatz Bubis (1927–1999), entrepreneur
Erich Fromm (1900–1980), psychoanalyst
Alexander Mitscherlich (1908–1982), social psychologist
Harry Buckwitz (1904–1987) , Theater director
Marie-Luise Kaschnitz (1901–1974), writer
Bernhard Minetti (1905–1998), actor
Alfred Edel (1932–1993), actor
Max Beckmann (1884–1950), artist
Oskar Schindler (1908–1974), manufacturer
Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966), sociologist
Magda Spiegel (1887–1944), opera singer
Thomas Bayrle (born 1937), artist
Ernst May (1886–1970), architect
Kasper König (born 1943), exhibition
maker Michael Gielen (1927–2019), conductor
Otto Hahn (1879–1968), scientist
Albert Mangelsdorff (1928– 2005), musician
Anne Frank (1929–1945)
Dolf Sternberger (1907–1989), political scientist
Fritz Bauer (1903–1968), lawyer.


Coordinates: 50 ° 6 ′ 44 ″ N , 8 ° 40 ′ 19 ″ E