2018 marks the end of more than 250 years of industrial history when the last German coalmine ceases production. The project “Kunst & Kohle” is a timely memorial to coal mining in the area.
200 years of coal mining have certainly left their mark on Europe. As Germany prepares for the closure of its last two hard coal mines, an exhibition in Essen takes a look back at the "Age of Coal."
Coal may be a depletable resource but art is endless. But what do the two have to do with each other? In Germany's Ruhrgebiet, the country's coal capital, 17 museums take on the task of tying coal with art.
Migration is in focus at this year's Ruhrtriennale in western Germany. The experimental program with a premiere by a Syrian director is attractive, but Young Fathers' support of the BDS movement has caused rumblings.
Coal, steel and heavy industry all featured prominently in Essen's past. But now the reinvented Ruhr region hub is showing off its environmental credentials as 2017's European Green Capital. Samantha Early paid a visit.
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