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, 11,974 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.


Pharaohs' Gold: 3,000 Years of Ancient Egypt

Begin: 18.05.2019 10:00 hour End: 26.04.2020 19:00 hour

Extended until 26 April 2020

Few civilisations have been as rich and as enduring a source of fascination as the advanced civilisation of ancient Egypt. Comprising 160 individual exhibits, the exhibition “The Gold of the Pharaohs - 3,000 Years of Ancient Egyptian Culture” presents an exceptional array of golden treasures of ancient Egyptian origin. The exhibition marks the first time that the pieces have been showcased in this way. It therefore offers an entirely new perspective on gold in ancient Egypt and the enormous religious and symbolic power that was attributed to it. Gold is enduring, indestructible. It is the symbol of eternity and, to ancient Egyptians, the holiest of all metals. So much so that they referred to it as “flesh of the gods”.


Festival culture

Begin: 02.10.2019 10:00 hour End: 15.12.2019 19:00 hour

Festivals are the last analog campfires in an increasingly digitizing world. The photographers Elena F. Barba, Capadol, Mark Doerr, Layoutist and Zippo Zimmermann show this special atmosphere in their works.  At the festivals "electro magnetic", "UrbanArt Hip Hop Festival" and "Rocco del Schlacko" they captured this extraordinary festival atmosphere in their pictures among the visitors, on stage, in the backstage area and at the edge of the big spectacle. 

The World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte presented the exhibition "Festival Culture" as part of the exhibition festival "Pictures of Pop" of the Pop Council Saarland.


Ottmar Hörl - Second Life 100 Workers

Begin: 01.05.2018 10:00 hour End: 31.12.2019 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 €


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
The Incas - Gold. Power. God. | 186.545 visitors
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
The Legend Queen Elizabeth II. Luciano Pelizzari Collection | 115.959 visitors
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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