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Since 1968, the city of Herne, often referred to as the geographical centre of the Ruhr area, has boasted a large motorway junction linking the A42 and A43 autobahns. Less well known is the history museum. The Heimatmuseum Unser Fritz is strongly committed to researching and presenting local contemporary history. As part of Ruhr Ding: Klima, its Curator-in-chief Ralf Piorr, together with Katrin Lieske, have mounted a special exhibition there, Automobilism. Urban Spaces in Transition. This presents a firm historical foundation for examining the all-pervasive transport of people and goods in the Ruhr region, and at the same time highlights urban development links to other project sites: the mid-1970s residential towers at the Kreuzkirche, where a multi-channel installation inspired by experiences of the pandemic will be on view in a penthouse; and a filmic research around the former McDonald's branch in Herne’s city centre. While these works can be roughly associated with the question of social climate, a sculptural installation in the railway station, made of found materials, is dedicated to the consequences of illegal gold mining in the Venezuelan Amazonia—and thus to the other side of our affluent society.

As a result of the current COVID-19 regulations, not all Ruhr Ding: Klima projects can open as planned. The sites in Recklinghausen and Herne will remain temporarily closed. We will inform here and via all our communication channels as soon as the situation changes.


Admission is free.


Temporarily closed.

UKR Ruhrding GE Natalie Bookchin 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 3104 Projekt ©


Last year, Natalie Bookchin invited us to document the new everyday life in the pandemic through short home videos. The result is an audiovisual portrait of the collective experience of isolation.

B4 Heimatmuseum Unser Fritz 1970 Unfall Monschau c Heimatmuseum Unser Fritz Projekt ©

Automobilism. Urbane Räume im Wandel

As part of the Ruhr Ding: Klima the Heimatmuseum has devoted a special exhibition to automobility demonstrating how the car has transformed the urban space and still continues to dominate it today.

UKR Ruhrding Herne Ana Alenso 2021 c Daniel Sadrowski 1649 Projekt ©

Die Mine gibt, die Mine nimmt (What the Mine Gives, the Mine Takes Away)

For her multimedia installation, exhibited inside the old waiting room at Herne train station, Ana Alenso (*1982) has conducted research in the archives of the NGO SOS Orinoco.

B2 Silke Schönfeld c Silke Schönfeld Projekt ©

Family Business

In the stories of Silke Schönfeld’s multi-part video installation Family Business personal recollections merge with collective remembrance.