MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst

The Ruhrgebiet

One of the biggest collections of German art created after 1945 is on display at this humongous historical mill and grain storage silo in the Inner Harbour district. It was converted by Swiss Pritzker Prize–winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, who are building a new extension due to open in 2019. From Baselitz and Kiefer to Richter, all the big names are showcased beneath the lofty ceilings; there are up to six international art exhibits annually.

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1. Lehmbruck Museum

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2. Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

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Molten iron used to flow 24/7 from the fiery furnaces of this decommissioned ironworks that is now an urban oasis, performance space and all-ages…

3. Gasometer Oberhausen

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This barrel-shaped tower – spectacularly lit at night – stored gas to power blast furnaces from the 1920s until 1988. Six years later, the Gasometer…

4. Josef Albers Museum

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Bottrop-born Josef Albers (1888–1976) was a painter of abstract works that combine bold use of colour with geometric forms. A member of the Bauhaus school…

5. Tetraeder

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6. Museum Folkwang

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7. Dom Essen

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8. Alte Synagoge

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