3.-5. June at the Zollverein world heritage site

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) is an innovative and dynamic fair format. Since 2006 C.A.R. comes two times a year, as a media art fair in summer, emphasizing video and media art, installations, performances, environmental sculptures, multimedia projects and contemporary photograpy. In autumn with a more classical art fair for contemporary art – C.A.R. . covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

We will present assorted highlights from the 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, alongside new works, installations and photography. Due to the nature of an art fair we will focus on non-narrative and short works.

Artists included (just to name a few)

Julia Murakami, Michael Nyman, Joachim Seinfeld, André Werner, Alexei Dmitriev, Ofir Feldman, Nicolas Ramel, Octavian Fedorovici, Ron Diorio, Maria Niro, Bruce Knox, Kika Nicolela, Max Hattler, Michaela Nettell, Joanna Hoffmann, Claudia Guilino, Sergio Cruz, Patricia Shrigley, Eunjung Hwang, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Danny Warner, Eric Dyer, Ryley O´Byrne and the Happy Famous Artists

pictured: still from caustics, installation,Andre Werner, 2011

Andre Werner, Ceci n’est pas de l’art,  shown as part of the opening of the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr  photo: Joerg Eckhardt

Ceci n’est pas de l’art,  impressions from the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr 

just some snaps from the fun


photo:Julia Murakami

The early bird.., the Japanese Guerilla Paparazzi arrived shortly before the opening


photo: Astrid Ewers

Shot during setup through a somehow absent Alan Smithee. On the right, the glass cube cinema, venue for the screenings.

A German TV team shooting inside the Directors Lounge booth.


Astrid Ewers, the lady with the healing hands, long time friend of DL and guardian angel for the tensed and damaged gallerists.

Anne Martens, Getty Museum, LA and Peter Mays, executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association, photo: the art resort

The C.A.R. was accompanied by several specials like this lecture about the current art scene in Los Angeles by Peter Mays, LAAA, Anne Martens and Rebecca Lowry. The LAAA, the Los Angeles Art Association will present the C.A.R. together with Directors Lounge in April next year.


photo: the art resort

This looks staged, subliminal work by Alan Smithee

Outside the sky lounge, a minimal designed pavillon on top of the highest building at Zeche Zollverein The venue for the VIP party of the c.a.r. 10, the contemporary art Ruhr  photo: the art resort


photo: Astrid Ewers

On top of the world. new member of the gang, Suzanne, enjoy the night view from the sky lounge.

Andre Werner, Jewel cases (Chat Noir), 2010

29.-31. October at the Zollverein world heritage site

We are exhibiting and screening at the contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.), “a young art fair that can easily claim to have the most impressive venue of all German art fairs, the Sanaa cube, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)” (art resort). The glass cube inside the Saana cube will become the c.a.r. video lounge where we show selected highlights from The 6th Berlin International Directors Lounge along works from the participating galleries. Looking forward to meet you.

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.)  is an innovative and dynamic fair format. It has established two art fairs annually since 2006. With a media art fair in the summer and innovative art productions out of the ordinary: video and media art, installations, performances, environmental sculptures, multimedia projects and especially the field of contemporary photography. In autumn with an art fair for contemporary art – C.A.R. covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

The objective of contemporary art ruhr is to develop an arts marketplace by a unique conception that the Ruhr can call its own. Unbiased. Minimalist. Vibrant.

C.A.R. covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

2.-4. July at the Zollverein world heritage site

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) is an innovative and dynamic fair format. It has established two art fairs annually since 2006.With a media art fair in the summer and innovative art productions out of the ordinary: video and media art, installations, performances, environmental sculptures, multimedia projects and especially the field of contemporary photograpy. In autumn with an art fair for contemporary art – C.A.R. covers the entire spectrum of fine arts and their most important current influences.

pictured: Andre Werner, The Dream Of The Japanese Beauty,  shown as part of the opening of the c.a.r. 09, the contemporary art Ruhr Foto: Matthias Duschner/Stiftung Zollverein