Ruhr Views
A Savings Banks Finance Group photography project

SANAA Building / Photo: Savings Banks Finance GroupSANAA Building / Photo: Savings Banks Finance Group

SANAA Building / Photo: Savings Banks Finance Group

How has the Ruhr district changed over the years? How do artists see the Ruhr Metropolis now? And what's this about 134 windows? Insights, outlooks and retrospectives form the common theme of the "Ruhr Views" exhibition where eleven artistic works by well-known photographers reveal the kaleidoscope of Ruhr reality. Hilla Becher, Laurenz Berges, Joachim Brohm, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Andreas Gursky, Jitka Hanzlová, Candida Höfer, Matthias Koch, Elisabeth Neudörfl, Jörg Sasse and Thomas Struth were invited by curator Thomas Weski and the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe to take part in this photographic project that will be on display from 24 April to 24 October 2010 in the SANAA Building at the Zeche Zollverein World Heritage Site.

Ten artists identified motifs specifically for the project. Their present-day views on a region in change are supplemented by images from Bernd and Hilla Becher that open up perspectives on the past. The invited photographers are all closely associated with the Ruhr. They either live and work here or have been artistically involved with the region for a long time. Some artists concentrated their work on one location whilst others travelled throughout the Ruhr region and sought out motifs that could stand for the Ruhr Metropolis as well as having general relevance. They also employed rather unusual methods: for example, Matthias Koch used an old fire engine to position his camera high up and photograph the area from surprising angles.

The location of the exhibition itself also offers surprising perspectives. The SANAA Building, a white cube with 134 window openings, is the first new building on the former Zollverein colliery site. Through both its subject matter and its unusual exhibition location, the "Ruhr Views" photography project follows the RUHR.2010 theme of "Change through culture - culture through change". The views of the Ruhr taken by the photographers set in a venue with windows that look out over the Ruhr region make a visit to the exhibition a powerful experience.

The bilingual exhibition catalogue provides an in-depth exploration of the exhibition themes that adds to the visitor’s understanding. The project partner Folkwang University offers a further bridge into the theme with a series of "Ruhr Views" lectures giving insights into current photographic perspectives.

Partners: Folkwang University, Ruhr Museum

Exclusive sponsor for photography projects: Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe

Exhibition venue
SANAA Building
UNESCO Zollverein World Heritage Site
Gelsenkirchener Strasse 209 (corner of Bullmannaue)
45309 Essen

Opening times
24 April to 24 October 2010
Daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Admission prices
Adults € 4.50, concessions € 2.00 (children and young persons from 6 – 18, students, individuals with "70%" disabilities, young people doing military or community service, people on social welfare benefits)
Groups of 10+ people: € 4.00 euro per person

School/college student groups in combination with a guided tour: € 1.00 plus tour charge
Tour charge for groups of 20+ people: € 60.00

Ticket entitles the holder to reduced price admission (€ 4.00) on the day of the visit to the permanent exhibition of the Ruhr Museum (coal washing plant)

Information about the exhibition
Booking of group tours: RUHR.2010 information hotline: +49 (0)1805 45 2010
Calls from landlines cost € 0.14/minute, calls from mobile phones cost no more than € 0.42/minute

Buchhandlung Walther König publishers
Museum edition (available in the SANAA Building): € 29.80
Bookshop edition (ISBN 978-3-86560-741-6): € 39.80

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