Art Venues in Ruhr

From stately home, through industrial construction to modern architecture

Written by Garry on

 
© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius
© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius
© Bert Stern / Courtesy Sammlung Reichelt und Brockmann Mannheim

Interest in the arts is extremely strong in Germany. Fortunately, this holds true amongst those holding the purse strings in local, regional and national government as well. Patronage is also high.

This results in strong public subsidies as well as private sponsoring of highly diverse art venues. The Ruhr region offers a fine example of the phenomenon. Impressive collections go hand in hand with inspiring periodic exhibitions.

Art venues and art museums can be found in downtown locations of many cities across the Ruhr, some of which date back over one hundred years. Many collections have been founded upon or enlarged by gifts and bequests from private collectors.

Some of the unique modern art museums in the greater Ruhr region have gathered together under the Ruhr Art Museums label.

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

The art hall of Recklinghausen applies its energies to art after after nineteen forty five. Paintings, graphics and sculptures prioritise exhibitions and the museum especially places a spotlight on artists from the Rhenish Westphalian region with the renowned annual award junger westen.

Cubus Kunst Halle

Situated in the Kantpark in the heart of the city, the cubus offers collections of contemporary art and fascinating temporary exhibits. International diversity, quality as well as the inclusion of young or less popular artists are decisive for the innovative young museum in Duisburg, Ruhr.

Situation Kunst

Part of the collection of art of the Ruhr-University in Bochum, this is a rather different, perhaps unusual but certainly innovative way of presenting art. Situation Art reveals contemporary paintings, graphics and sculptures in an ensemble of buildings in the park of the Weitmar House.

 

Museum Folkwang

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

Museum Folkwang opened January 2010 when Essen and the Ruhr Area became one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture for that year. The collections of the museum are as varied as they are vast; paintings, sculptures and objects, photographs, graphics and posters.

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Ludwig Gallery

© Thomas Wolf

Located in the impressive Schloss Oberhausen, the museum acquires loans from all over the world. The Ludwig Collection, Popular Gallery and Landmark Gallery provide the contexts to enable harmonious presentations within an ambitious programme of continuously alternating exhibitions.

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Dortmunder U

© Ruhr Tourismus / Annika Klein

The Museum Ostwall (MO) opened in the Dortmunder U during the 2010 European Capitals of Culture, RUHR.2010, The MO shows artworks from 20th and 21st centuries, develops innovative concepts of cultural education in the digital age an initiates partnerships between art and science.

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