The Municipal Gallery of the Emschertal Museum is located in the immediate vicinity of Strünkede Castle in Herne. But remember! The Art Nouveau villa has it all: It presents important exhibits of Classical Modernism as well as works from its extensive graphic collection with more than 4,500 drawings and other works on paper created after the Second World War. You can also see special exhibitions in Herne at regular intervals, with up-to-date graphics or ones showing German or international works of art.
The Emschertal Museum has art by Picasso and Chagall
Would you have guessed it? Works of art by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall have indeed been owned by the town of Herne since the 1960s. The graphic collection also includes works by ground-breaking artists such as Joseph Beuys and the group ZERO. Once in a while, Strünkede Castle is also included in the exhibition of fine arts in Herne. A spectacular artistic intervention took place in 2018 where you would usually meet local history exhibits, to mark the occasion of the Kunst & Kohle exhibition of the RuhrKunstMuseen: Ibrahim Mahama, the Ghanaian and internationally active artist, wrapped the castle in jute bags as a social criticism.
All eyes on local art in the Emschertal Museum, Herne
Despite all the big names, the Emschertal Museum in Herne also remembers the development of the local art scene. This approach is in the organisation’s DNA, so to speak. After all, works of art from representatives of the group “Herner Künstler” (Artists from Herne), founded in 1949, has been collected since the beginning. Today you can still look at art works from the Ruhr area and the surrounding area in the Municipal Gallery: Gustav Deppe, Emil Schumacher and Thomas Grochowiak stand for the "young west” circle, which was formed in Recklinghausen in 1948. The works of the artist group "B 1” are also of importance to the regional art scene, with the group’s members are strongly relying on the industrial heritage of the Ruhr.