You can barely miss the U as you approach Dortmund city centre. The large letter on the city's first skyscraper gives the building its name. It used to stand for the Union Brewery, which produced beer here until 1994. Today, the Dortmund U revolves around creativity. It is therefore only logical that the Museum Ostwall located itself here in 2010, on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors.
Admire the art in an institute that resembles a power plant
When the Museum Ostwall opened its doors in the old brewery in 2010, the art historian Alexander Dorner felt that the Museum Ostwall, in the vicinity of the Centre for Art and Creativity (the nickname of the Dortmund U) is "new type of art institute" rather than a conservative museum: He said it's more like a power plant. Since the new presentation, the collection of the Ostwall Museum has accordingly been titled "The Museum as a Power Plant".
Art from one of the first German post-war museums
On the fourth and fifth floor you can look at the permanent collection of the Museum Ostwall. This is based on the artworks of the "Museum am Ostwall", which was opened in 1949 as one of the first post-war German museums for art of the 20th century.
Collection presentation: From expressionism to the present
In Museum Ostwall in the Dortmund U, you will find an exhibition of Fluxus and Happening, which leads you back in time to works of Expressionism. You will encounter works by Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys and Dieter Roth as well as the art of contemporary artists such as Anna and Bernhard Blume, Adrian Paci, Tobias Zielony and Mark Dion. The collection also has an interactive image archive as well as a space in which you can experience sound art. The best feature: In addition to the sound work, you get a unique view of the city. The area on the sixth floor offers the Museum Ostwall space for temporary exhibitions from different eras.