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Art Museum Gelsenkirchen in Ruhr

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Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen / Thomas Robbin

The museum of art in Gelsenkirchen, Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, gives the visitor a broad review of painting from the late nineteenth century until today. In addition to this main focus, the museum owns a comprehensive collection of kinetic art. Founded in 1950 as the first museum in the city, the collection focuses on the four areas.

“Art Changing over Time” brings together paintings and sculptures from German impressionism, expressionism, surrealism, new realism. informal and concrete art as well as contemporary works.

“Art and Light in Motion” forms the main focus of the museum providing comprehensive insights to the various areas types of art that are concerned with motion such as op art, mobiles, motor-driven objects and also light and sound.

“Art in Diagonals and Squares” is a comprehensive collection dedicated to the artist and graphic designer Anton Stankowski including paintings, screen prints and drawings. 

“Focus on Art and Artists” shows temporary exhibits allowing visitors insights into regional and supra-regional tendencies with works from their fine graphic collection.

By Anneke Söpper, edited VG, Mar 14 2021

Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen

Horster Strasse 5-7
45897 Gelsenkirchen

+49 209 169 4361

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Art venues and museums across the Ruhr Metropolis regularly present selections of their own fine pieces in well arranged exhibitions. Regular exhibits of fascinating or rare artworks on loan from across the globe attract large numbers of enthusiasts too. Photo © Jochen Schlutius.

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Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

Public Transport

The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams, Strassenbahn, above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.

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