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Ed. Florian Matzner, Lukas Crepaz, Karola Geiß-Netthöfel, Jochen Stemplewski, photographs by Roman Mensing, Thorsten Arendt, graphic design by Saskia Helena Kruse, text(s) by Katja Aßmann, Sabine Auer, Lukas Crepaz, Karola Geiß-Netthöfel, Birte Hinrichsen, Anna Margarethe Lavier, Lasse Ernlund Lorentzen, Florian Matzner, Florian Neuner, Martina Oldengott, Jochen Stemplewski, Jol Thomson, Simone Timmerhaus, Ferdinand Ullrich, Rachel Wells

German, English

2013. 272 pp., 251 ills.


24.20 x 29.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3624-4

River in a state of flux: renaturation and social renewal through art

Catalogue accompanying the one-hundred–day summer of art in the metropolitan Ruhr region

Emscherkunst is taking place for the second time in the northern Ruhr region: more than fifty prestigious artists from throughout the world will address the region’s architectural, economic, and social problems, which pose overwhelming challenges due to the decline of coal mining and the plight of the steel industry. The exhibition stretches along the Emscher River from Dinslaken and Duisburg to Oberhausen and Bottrop, and from there on to Essen and Gelsenkirchen. As a triennial, it accompanies one of the largest renaturation projects in the world: the redevelopment of the Emscher. Within the scope of a once-in-a-generation project, the river at the heart of the Ruhr Region will be transformed from an open sewer into an almost entirely natural body of water by 2020. At unusual sites, such as overgrown fallow land or former industrial centers, art forges a new path, proving its merit as an experimental field and a laboratory for the future.

Exhibition schedule: EMSCHERKUNST.2013, Emscher Island, June 22–October 6, 2013

Artists featured (selection): Ai Weiwei, Hans op de Beeck, Daniel Buren, Tue Greenfort, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Apolonija Sustersic, Elin Wikström, Anna Witt

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