Press release
Essen, Germany, January, 18, 2015

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) 2015

Within a few years contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) has developed as a successful and increasing art fair. C.A.R. consists of two annual events that have been taking place in several halls at Essen’s Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site since 2006: the media art fair in summer, May 29 – 31, 2015, and the innovative fair for contemporary art in autumn, October 30 – November 1, 2015.

The first part of C.A.R., the Media Art Fair & Photo Special, May 29 – 31, 2015, takes place within the beautiful and unique atmosphere of the architecural master piece SANAA-building, a futuristic cube which was designed by the SANAA Japanese architectural firm (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishiziwa), the 2010 Pritzker Prize winners. Innovative exhibitors present for the third time at the SANAA building video and media art, installations, multimedia projects but also photography as one main theme this year. Innovative galleries, art projects, art universities and a special choice of C.A.R. talents take part.

The Media Art Fair describes itself as a platform and moreover, as a staged exhibition for exceptional and new kind of arts. Video works or installations are presented by an exeptional atmosphere and architecture. The interaction between photography and an architectural master piece is uniquely. An area of sculpture positions will be presented for the first in the outside area of Zollverein.

About C.A.R.
Today, more than 2500 participants have taken part in C.A.R. at the Zollverein World Cultural Heritage Site. C.A.R. is designed as a fair for discoverers which present new perspectives in a communicative atmosphere: With an open exhibition space without the usual fair booths and bounders, art and communication will be on the focus; communication barriers between participants and visitors are disappearing. Special exhibitions, workshops, the C.A.R. Video-Lounge will take place in conjunction with the fair.

What’s innovative about C.A.R.? It is fair – offering all participants the same opportunity to acces. Minimalist – with an open and puristic appearance. Pulsating – with ever-new insights into contemporary art trends. By offering a contemporary exhibition concept, newcomers, avant-garde and established artists can all showcase their works at C.A.R. Both experienced and newer art collectors will be able to find pieces of interest – and discover something new at C.A.R.

contemporary art ruhr is the only art fair that takes place twice a year – in summer and autumn – at the same location. It also organizes Germany’s first fair for media art and is the only fair for contemporary art to take place at a World Cultural Heritage Site.

After the successful participation as a cooperation project and official part of the program of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, C.A.R. continues network activities since 2011 and organizes only for selected particpants of C.A.R. and additional to the two art fairs several exhibitions or events in Los Angeles, for the first time in 2013 at LA Art Show, in Seoul/ ZAHA Museum, in Paris or a C.A.R. get-together during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Important dates & facts
contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) 2015, May 29 – 31, 2015, Media Art Fair & Photo Special, World Cultural Heritage Site Zollverein XII, Areal A, SANAA building, A35, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 209, 45309 Essen, Germany.

Closing date for participants: March 31, 2015, post stamp

contemporary art ruhr (C.A.R.) 2015, the innovative art fair, October 30 until November 1, 2015, World Heritage Site Zollverein, exhibition halls: A 5, A 6, A 8, A 12, A 35 (SANAA building), Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181/209, Essen, Germany.

Closing date for participants: July 15, 2015, post stamp

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