Ruhr Museum

Present

Today the Ruhr area is a complex, freely interpretable and ever changing region. It has neither natural nor political boundaries. It does not have a uniform landscape and a unified administration. Nevertheless the existence of the Ruhr area is deep-seated in the consciousness of its population and in the external perception.

Europe’s largest metropolitan and business area has developed from coal and steel production. It was not until the 1920s that the term »Ruhrgebiet« became an everyday expression. People have different and often contradictory views and ideas about the Ruhrgebiet.

These ideas are presented in an old industrial platform that is now a »Stage of the Present«. An assortment of images and concepts, myths and clichés, visible phenomena and under-lying structures is shown here. Specific objects symbolise local people’s experiences and save the traces in the earth that have been bequeathed to us by the geological history.