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Ruhrtriennale und Urbane Künste Ruhr – New perspectives, new visions

Event trip

In August, the International Visitors Programme was welcoming a group of international guests who, within the framework of the Ruhrtriennale and the Urbane Künste Ruhr (Urban Arts Ruhr), wanted to explore new perspectives and new visions for the Ruhr region and make contacts in the local scene.

Eight artists, curators, directors and programme managers from the fields of visual and performing arts from Bulgaria, India, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, Iran, Congo and the USA not only gained an insight into selected productions of the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum, Essen and Gladbeck as well as into artistic positions of Urbane Künste Ruhr in public space, but also entered into an exchange with the two new artistic directors, Stefanie Carp and Britta Peters.

The guests' programme was supplemented by meetings with experts from the scene and visits to relevant institutions, both in the field of theatre/performance and in the field of art in public, urban space. The programme included visits to Insel Hombroich, Raketenstation Hombroich and the Langen Foundation in Neuss. In Münster, the guests met Dr Marianne Wagner, Director of the Skulptur Projekte Archive at the LWL Museum of Art and Culture, and experienced a guided tour through the artistic positions of the Skulptur Projekte of recent years that remain in Münster's urban space. In Duisburg, they visited the exhibition "Peggy Buth: Vom Nutzen der Angst - The Politics of Selection" by Urbane Künste Ruhr in the former church of St. Barbara as well as the Museum DKM with an exhibition on the theme of "Art and Coal".