Das Sprechende Eck

Ruhr Ding Schlaf Baumgartner 6877 P
Ruhr Ding Schlaf Baumgartner 6845 P
Ruhr Ding Schlaf Baumgartner 6905 P

Situated on a ball field near Dreiringplatz is a bright yellow, situationally deployable and mobile architecture called Das Sprechende Eck (The Talking Corner) by the artist and art educator Maximiliane Baumgartner (b. 1986). As an open playing field and framework for action, it invites children, youth, and adults to explore their very own artistic forms of agency. Following the motto ‘We accept commissions’, an office run by participating children and adolescents for the duration of the exhibition takes on and carries out commissions from local businesses and public venues, such as hair salons, Internet cafés, bakeries, or cinemas. Possible commissions include advertising, decorating store windows, and photography.

In her artistic work, Maximiliane Baumgartner examines the emancipatory potential of critical and feminist education, as well as performative forms of learning. Her interest is focused on the question of how to create a public sphere within an urban environment, and on the interplay between artistic mediation and one’s own art-related productive activity. The artist’s conceptual series of paintings, which, for her, reflect an expanded field of action, are likewise distinguished by an exploratory practice. Das Sprechende Eck is inspired by play sculptures in the context of radical pedagogy and action pedagogy of the 1970s and by the architecture of Soviet bus stops in which painting was an integral part.


Regular opening hours:
Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Open activity programme:
Friday 4–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 3–6 pm


45276 Essen


  • Saturday
    14 h

    Phasenweise nicht produktiv

  • Lesung von Karolin Meunier, Gast des Sprechenden Ecks

    20221005 Baumgartner Alex Wissel Artist ©

    Maximiliane Baumgartner

    Based on her interest in creating publicity and the conditions within an urban environment, the artist's projects are characterized by an exploratory practice.