The art hall in 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 rheinisch-westfälischen (Rhenish Westphalian) region. Since nineteen forty eight, the annual prize “junger westen” (young west) has been awarded.
In addition to that the institution concentrates on expressionistic art following humble beginnings with a small collection in the neineteen twenties. The focus that the museum places on Westphalian artists bestows a special atmosphere on the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.
The museum is involved with the art exhibitions of the magnificent Ruhrfestspiele, which take place every year during early summer.