Exhibitions

The Legend Queen Elizabeth II. Luciano Pelizzari Collection

Begin: 19.05.2018 10:00 hour End: 06.01.2019 18:00 hour

Elizabeth II is a living legend; her life spans an entire epoch. Indeed,  during her reign, she has seen the terms of office of all German Federal Chancellors to date, as well as those of British Prime Ministers from Winston Churchill through to Theresa May. Queen Elizabeth II is, moreover, the most portrayed person of the 20th and 21st centuries. With its many depictions of the Queen, this exhibition brings to life the 90 years of her reign. Its numerous photographs, paintings, stamps and coins come from one of the world's largest collections of its kind – the Luciano Pelizzari Collection – and present a comprehensive, multilayered portrait of the sovereign. They show the Queen as a human being and as a monarch,  they feature her encounters with important events and personalities  of the 20th and 21st centuries, and they demonstrate how her private  and public personas were depicted in art and culture.

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Christian Boltanski: Die Zwangsarbeiter - Erinnerungsort in der Völklinger Hütte

Begin: 01.11.2018 10:00 hour End: 31.12.2028

This major installation by Christian Boltanski in the Völklinger Hütte sintering plant engages with the issue of forced labour in a new and deeply moving way. Over the course of the Second World War, 12,393 men, women and children from twenty countries were registered as forced labourers at Völklinger Hütte. Of these, 261 lost their lives, sixty of them children and infants. These people can be encountered between the claustrophobic walls of this archive of memories, with its seemingly endless stacks of archive boxes. Here and there, visitors catch a glimpse of a number, or of black trousers and jackets piled into a mountain of clothes. Meanwhile, the names of the forced labourers are whispered from all corners of the installation, sending shivers down the spine. Boltanski’s installation instantly transports visitors to another world.

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Banksy's Dismaland & Others

Begin: 25.03.2018 10:00 hour End: 06.01.2019 18:00 hour

Banksy's projects "Dismaland" and "Walled Off Hotel" achieved the greatest worldwide response of all art projects in 2015 and 2017. It is a sensation that Banksy's official photographer, Barry Cawston, is bringing these extraordinary art projects to life for the first time worldwide in an exhibition with his very special pictures. The UrbanArt Hotspot Völklinger Hütte is thus taking on a new dimension. British artist Banksy is a phantom whose identity is unknown to the public, and yet he is the greatest star of international urban art. The exhibition "Banksy's Dismaland & Others - Photographs by Barry Cawston" traces the Banksy phenomenon in very vivid images.

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Ottmar Hörl - Second Life 100 Workers

Begin: 01.05.2018 10:00 hour End: 31.12.2018 19:00 hour

Ottmar Hörl is acclaimed throughout the world for his large-scale temporary projects focussing on art as a means of communication. His works have been showcased around the world and depict eminent figures such as Karl Marx, Charles the Great, Richard Wagner and Martin Luther. Ottmar Hörl's "Second Life – 100 Workers" is an exciting sculptural project specially created for the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site.

Wearing helmets and work clothing, his figures are reverential representations of the ironworkers that used to toil  at the Völklinger Hütte facility. The project is designed to pay homage to the Völklinger Hütte's central theme of work and workers. "Second Life – 100 Workers" at the Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site will be accompanied by a retrospective exhibition of Ottmar Hörl's works.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, 96 pages, four-color, 14.80 €

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Christian Boltanski: Erinnerungen / Souvenirs / Memories

Begin: 01.11.2018 10:00 hour End: 31.08.2019 19:00 hour

Christian Boltanski exhibited at documenta 5, 6 and 8 in 1972, 1977 and 1987 respectively. In 2011, he designed the entire French pavilion for the fifty-fourth Venice Art Biennale.

In addition to the forced labour memorial site, Boltanski has created a major installation in memory of the workers at Völklinger Hütte. Located in the 800-square-metre ore shed, this installation comprises ninety-one atmospherically illuminated lockers from all parts of the ironworks.  

he voices of former ironworkers recalling their work at Völklinger Hütte resonate from the lockers. These lockers – the interior of which is private, the exterior the property of Völklinger Hütte – form the focal point of the installation, which remembers and pays tribute to the work of these former employees in an unusual and arresting manner.

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Review on the major exhibitions

The Celts Druids. Princes. Warriors. | 196.043 visitors | 2010
IncaGold - 3000 years' advanced civilisations - Masterpieces from Larco Museum Peru |193.073 visitors | 2004
Egypt - Gods. Humans. Pharaohs. | 178.012 visitors | 2014
4. UrbanArt Biennale® 2017 | 151.813 visitors
State gifts - 60 years Germany | 132.676 visitors | 2009
Leonardo da Vinci – man machine | 123.732 visitors | 2002
UrbanArt Biennale® 2015 | 111.345 visitors | 2015
Buddha | 107.837 visitors | 2016
Genius I. The mission: discover explore invent | 104.785 visitors | 2007
UrbanArt Biennale 2013 | 104.732 visitors | 2013
Nicolas Dhervillers. Behind the Future | 101.595 visitors| 2012
Power&Magnificence. The splendour of Europe in the 19th century | 98.384 visitors | 2006
Otmar Alt - The Raven at the Centre of World History | 97.173 visitors | 2009
Generation Pop | 87.999 vsitors | 2013
 

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