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04/06 - 18/09/2016

Holzwickede, Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen, Herne

For the third time, Emscherkunst makes it possible to experience the world’s largest renaturation project in an unusual way.


Once used as an aboveground sewage canal, the Emscher has been transformed over the past two decades into a near-natural river landscape. Its renaturation stands for the transformation of the entire Ruhr region. Renowned artists have intensely worked on the project. Their installations and interventions take seven new locations in view, include the source of the Emscher in Holzwickede, the waterway intersection Castrop-Rauxel, and Dortmund’s Unionviertel.


The Triennale, which has been organized ever since the Cultural Capital Year Ruhr.2010 by Urbane Künste Ruhr, Emschergenossenschaft, and Regionalverband Ruhr, thrilled over 255,000 visitors in 2013 who explored the new Emscher valley on foot or bicycle.

  • Curators
  • Cooperation partners
    • Emschergenossenschaft, Regionalverband Ruhr
  • Foto
    • © Roman Mensing
  • Florian Matzner (DE), Katja Aßmann (DE), Simone Timmerhaus (DE)
  • Artists
    • Nevin Aladag (TR), Massimo Bartolini (IT), Benjamin Bergmann (DE) Janet Cardiff / Georges Bures Miller (CA)
    • Henrik Hakansson (SE), Natalie Jeremijenko (AUS), Atelier Le Balto (FR/DE), Erik Van Lieshout (NL), Lucy und Jorge Orta (MEX)
    • Markus Bader (raumlaborberlin, DE), Verena Seibt and Clea Stracke (DE), Roman Signer (CH), Superflex (DK), Tobias Zielony (DE)
    • Kunstakademie Münster and artists who participated in 2010 and 2013