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The little-noticed RuhrTriennale

By Ivan Hewett   August 2003

The idea that cultural investment can revitalise decaying city centres is an orthodoxy of the new Europe. Think of Glasgow’s makeover during its 1990 reign as European city of culture, or the effect of the Guggenheim on Bilbao’s fortunes.

The ambitions of Germany’s RuhrTriennale are even bigger. The aim of the festival is to breathe new life into the entire area of the Ruhr valley, and it takes place in more than a dozen venues in ten different towns stretching from Duisburg in the west to Dortmund in the east. Once the industrial powerhouse of Germany, the Ruhr is now…

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