On 17 December 1994, the Völklinger Hütte World Cultural Heritage Site sensationally became the first purely industrial monument to be included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites. Today, in 2019, we are celebrating 25 years of the Völklinger Hütte UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Our management company "World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte - European Centre for Industrial Art and Culture" was founded twenty years ago by the Saarland. The driving force behind this great success over the past twenty years has been the founding Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Meinrad Maria Grewenig. The end of his contract ended his active career as a World Cultural Heritage Site. On this page, where he has welcomed you to the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks for twenty years, we would like to pay tribute to him and say thank you once again
Until November 3rd we show the "5th UrbanArt Biennale® 2019 Unlimited". featuring 120 works by 100 artists from 20 countries across 4 continents. The “5th UrbanArt Biennale® 2019 Unlimited” centres around the vast Möllerhalle, an ore silo complex dating from the beginning of the twentieth century. Many of the international artists featured have marked “their” place at the Völklinger Hütte by creating fixed installations along the 100,000 m2 course set aside for the Biennale.
Our exhibition “The Gold of the Pharaohs - 3,000 Years of Ancient Egyptian Culture” boasts an exceptional array of exhibits of ancient Egyptian origin and marks the first time that the pieces have never been presented to the public in this way. We are extremely pleased to have once again been able to borrow a treasure trove of such world-leading calibre for Völklingen!
I hereby cordially invite you to visit the Völklinger Hütte World Cultural Heritage Site - European Centre of Art and Industrial Culture, and to marvel at its exhibitions and projects.
The Völklinger Hütte
World Cultural Heritage Team