Ruhr Ding: Schlaf – Opening Weekend

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The Ruhr Ding: Schlaf forms the conclusion of an exhibition trilogy with which Urbane Künste Ruhr, under the artistic director Britta Peters, is touring the Ruhr area. Following Ruhr Ding: Territorien (2019) and Ruhr Ding: Klima (2021) the third edition shifts the focus from questions about the environment and the environment to the human body and its need for sleep – and reflects on the and uses art to reflect on the question of how we want to live.

At Ruhr Ding: Schlaf 22 works by 19 artists can be experienced: from film, sculpture, painting and photography to language, text, music and sound to installations, workshops and performances, the works deal with the theme of sleep in a variety of ways and all have one thing in common: they were created for specific places and contexts in the and contexts in the Ruhr area.

We cordially invite you to celebrate the opening of Ruhr Ding: Schlaf with us from 5.5. to 7.5., to get to know the cities, artists and projects over three days and to go on a discovery tour yourself.

Fri 5.5. Mülheim an der Ruhr

4 p.m. Exhibition Opening Wir Schließen (Museum für Fotokopie, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 48, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr)

6 p.m. Festive Opening
with Dr. Hildegard Kaluza (Head of Department Kultur, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft NRW), Karola Geiß-Netthöfel (Regional Director, Regionalverband Ruhr), Dr. Vera Battis-Reese (Managing Director, Kultur Ruhr GmbH), Britta Peters (Artistic Director, Urbane Künste Ruhr)

Afterwards Live Performance and DJ-Set at sound system Multitude by Nik Nowak with Catu Diosis and Zoë Mc Pherson (Underneath the Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke, Ruhrstraße, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr)

10 p.m. After-Glow (Makroscope, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 48, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Sat 6.5. Witten

11 a.m. Opening God's Entertainment Cruise Tentare (Saalbau Witten, Bergerstraße 25, 58452 Witten)

4 p.m. Exhibition Opening Melanie Manchot Dancing is the best revenge (Märkisches Museum Witten, Husemannstraße 12, 58452 Witten)

7 p.m. Concert Matthias Kranebitter and Akiko Ahrendt (Saalbau Witten)

8 p.m. Performance Migrantpolitan Solicasino (Saalbau Witten)

Sun 7.5. Essen

11 a.m. Matinée with Be Kind Rewind by Michel Gondry

Followed by a talk with Michel Gondry who will be there in person. Free tickets are available via the Astra Theatre website. (Astra Theater, Teichstraße 2, 45127 Essen)

4 p.m. Foam action Stephanie Lüning Island of Foam – Version XXIII (Stairs between Kaiser-Otto-Residenz and former Wertheim-Kaufhaus, Kaiser-Otto-Platz 1–5, 45276 Essen-Steele)

7 p.m. Exhibition Opening Wojciech Bąkowski Route Phantom (Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Bernestraße 3, 45127 Essen)

Getting there

Official opening, Fri 5 May 6 pm

Under the Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke (Bridge)
Ruhrstraße, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

51.432239886285714, 6.877054410290727

By public transport

Stop Friedrich-Ebert-Straße
Tram 104, 112, Bus 128, NE4, NE12

By foot from the central station

Exit Dieter-aus-dem-Siepen-Platz / Eppinghofer Str.
Left along Eppinghofer Straße
Turn right into Am Löwenhof (becomes Bahnstraße)
Keep straight on, past Rathausmarkt to Ruhrufer
Turn right into Ruhrstraße

By car

Navigate to the car park at the Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke, access via Friedrich-Ebert-Straße
(at the Aktienstraße junction

More Events

Thu 4.5. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cute Community Radio Hudu’ Nisbi – هدوء نسبي
On Air:

Fri – Sun 5.5. – 7.5.
to Ruhr Ding: Schlaf
11 a.m. Walking tours in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen-Steele
3 p.m. Bike tours in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Witten

Sat 6.5. 12 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
at the Healing Complex (Workshop)
Address: Healing Complex, Cranger Str. 338–342, 45891 Gelsenkirchen

Sun 7.5. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Emscherkunstweg: Tour III – Special (Bike tour)
Meeting point: Healing Complex

Good to know

All locations of Ruhr Ding: Schlaf are open regularly from Friday 5.5. at 11 a.m. Trucks with food, drinks and ice cream will provide refreshments during the opening weekend.

There will also be an extensive educational programme throughout the opening weekend: With the Irrlichter tours by bike or on foot as well as the Irrlichter moments at individual locations, our trained art educators will provide extensive insights into the artworks and projects.


Unter der Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke, Ruhrstraße, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr