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Flottmann-Hallen Herne

The Flottmann-Hallen in Herne are an exciting place for the visual arts, the minor arts, theatre, cabaret and music. Within the collection of buildings, which has gained listed status due to the example said buildings provide of reform architecture, one hall, 600 m² in size, has been reserved exclusively for art exhibitions.

The Flottmann-Hallen were built in 1908 as a production facility for the mining supplier Flottmann-Werke in Herne , near the border to Bochum. The facility was shut down in 1983. The exhibition facility, opened in 1986, does not follow any guidelines when it comes to the subject matter of what is displayed, nor is it tied to a permanent exhibition. This leaves the facility open to react to current artistic trends, as well as to attracting young artists with a thirst for experimentation to put on solo and group shows. However, the Flottmann-Hallen also present works from established contemporary artists.

 

An interior space which is constantly being created anew 

Cooperations with academies and art schools support the facility's open-minded view towards current trends. Its curatorial work particularly focusses on those projects which stage the exhibition space alongside the work, constantly creating new impressions of the hall's interior in doing so.

One event which shouldn't be missed is the KUBOSHOW Kunstmesse (KUBOSHOW Art Fair), which has been taking place in the Flottmann-Hallen Herne for more than 20 years. Here, visitors have the opportunity to purchase high-quality, affordable art which is usually aimed at representation, as well as to discover young talent.

 

The Sculpture Park

The Flottmann-Hallen Herne's sculpture park came into being in 2004 with the installation of its first piece. Over the years, and particularly during the RUHR.2010 campaign for the European City of Culture, curators have constantly added to this selection of objects.

Today, visitors can now view over 22 works which are on display there. These include pieces from Heinrich Brockmeier, Diethelm Koch, Peter Schwickerath, Reiner Seliger or Andreas Bee, among others, and can be discovered while taking contemplative walks around the spacious area.

One particularly eye-catching piece in the Flottmann-Hallen Herne's outdoor area is the cast-iron art nouveau gate, created by Karl Weinhold. This gate used to adorn the entrance to the company premises.

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