2010 · 2013


Since the cultural capital year RUHR.2010, the exhibition Emscherkunst has been showing art every three years at exciting places: overgrown waste lands, former industrial spaces and the no-man’s-land between the Emscher river and the Rhine-Herne-Canal become stages for international and national artists.

“Let everyone experience art“

„Let everyone experience art“ is the exhibition’s aspiration, and they honor it. 255.000 visitors followed the motto “outside and for free” into the landscape along the Emscher river, 55.000 more than during the Emscherkunst’s first edition in the cultural capital year RUHR.2010, and a growth of 27,5%.

With this, the Emscherkunst is rooted deeply in the awareness of the Ruhr Areas inhabitants. Furthermore, awards like the UNESCO for sustainable cultural education stress the Emscherkunst’s firm sociopolitical aspiration as a future workshop for the area. The visitors especially appreciate the art triennial’s identity-establishing impulses along the Emscher river.

An extensive program consisting of artists-on-site-events, readings, guided bike tours and much more accompanied the 100-day exhibition in the summer of 2013. Three information centers with integrated bike hire in Dinslaken, Oberhausen and Gelsenkirchen simplified getting started on the art trail. Additionally, enthusiastic Art Scouts stood by at the artworks, expertly introducing the art to the visitors.


With about 200.000 visitors, the Emscherkunst 2010 was one of the cultural capital Europe RUHR.2010’s most successful and sustainable projects and also the biggest art exhibition in public space. The exhibition area encompassed of the about 30km long Emscher-Island between Castrop-Rauxel and Oberhausen. More than 25 renowned international and national artists, e.g. Rita McBride, Tadashi Kawamata, or Monica Bonvicini participated with all in all 20 projects at the triennial’s kick-off.