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Situation Kunst in Ruhr

Restored building
© Situation Kunst / Heide von Berswordt-Wallrabe

Curiously, the Ruhr-University in Bochum possesses a large collection of art. A key component of the art collection is Situation Art. Situation Kunst, which offers a fascinating combination of “an interconnected system relating to art, architecture, and nature as a synthesis”.

This rather different, perhaps unusual, but certainly innovative way of presenting art, reveals contemporary paintings, graphics and sculptures. Works are exhibited in an ensemble of several buildings located in the park of the Weitmar House in Bochum. The premises were specially constructed for the art they contain, clearly emphasising the works by their reduced, functional design.

The museum showcases contemporary art as well as ancient Asian and African works, delivering insights into both traditional tribal art and modernism. The comprehension of the area’s nature is a further, very special character of the museum.

By Anneke Söpper, edited VG, Mar 18 2021

Situation Kunst

Nevelstrasse 29c
44795 Bochum

+49 234 322 8523

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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.

Visitors viewing art


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.

Socialising in the Ruhr

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.