The U-Tower or Dortmunder U was used to be a brewery building in the city of Dortmund, Germany. Between 1926-1927, it was used to be the first high-rise building in Dortmund. The Union Brewery used this building to ferment and to store their products. Then started 2010 the tower became a center of the arts and creativity, housing among other facilities such as Museum Ostwall. In 1994 the brewery and all its surrounding buildings were closed and demolished; only the Dortmund U-Tower was left due to its landmark status. In January 2008 the Dortmund U-Tower was redeveloped as a flagship project for the 'Ruhr 2010– Cultural Capital of Europe'. Today it is considered as one of Dortmund's central places, in which creative catering and event facilities are offered.
Dormunder U, the Tower of Dormund
1. Ostwall Museum
At the end of June 2009 the Museum Ostwall, that was opened in 1949, closed on the site that gave its name, and moved, throughout the European Capital of Culture Year 2010, to form a brand new begin because the museum Ostwall (MO) within the Dortmunder U. The municipal art museum for art from the twentieth century to this day, displays its collection on the 4th and 5th floors of the Dortmunder U. Works of Fluxus, an art movement of the 60s that wanted to recombine art with life, are the core of the collection on the 4th floor. From there the trail leads chronologically backwards to works of Nouveau Réalisme, Informel, Zero and Expressionism. The fifth floor is devoted to art from the last fifty years and presents works by Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger, Anna and Bernhard Blume, installations by Jason Rhoades and Mark Dion in addition to photographs and videos by Adrian Paci, Tobias Zielony and Freya Hattenberger. The variable space on the 6th floor provides opportunities for temporary exhibitions. The Centre for Cultural Education on the 2nd floor opens with its workshops, media labs and seminar rooms a portal or all generations to all kinds of art. The Hans Breder Intermedia-Archive is another vital part of the exhibition. The archive is sorted put together by the TU Dortmund University and MO and contains videos and scripts from intermedia and art forms specific to their time from the 1960s to the present day. Since 2005 the MO has followed a plan of the art museum as “power station”. In the spirit of those words, the MO sees itself as an area of cultural memory, during which the artworks are not exhibited as purportedly timetranscending witnesses. Rather it's an area during which artistic and aesthetic, historical, political and social, architectural and urban developmental aspects of the present and the future can be thematized. There are also several and varied points of intersection with the opposite partners in the U.
2. Center for Cultural Education
The Centre for Cultural Education can be found on the second floor of the Dortmunder U. This is where new sorts of cultural education within the interaction of digital and electronic media and therefore the production and communication of art are tested and offered. Topics for knowledge base projects are developed collectively with alternative U partners, who bring their years of experience to the table. The projects specialize in themes from art and culture, science and society. Their artistic remodeling with the use of the latest media – as an example within the production of electronic music, the use of the internet and of Web 2.0, the creation and use of video sequences in dance and theatre productions, or the creative production of games – will be examined and then communicated not only to children and young people, but also to teachers and adults of all ages. The Centre for Cultural Education unites the ability bases of the U partners in art and culture, academic work and creative economy. For the depository Ostwall, education and communication are tied into its concept of the “Museum as Power Station”. In the U, the museum can depend on its previous education work, to extend its range of offers, methods and projects, which will also take place on the second floor. The Hartware MedienKunstVerein does not only have a programme of exhibitions but also offers practical experience in media art in its workshops and supports children and young people in media competence. A generously sized exhibition area is accessible for the presentation of artistic works.
3. The Pink Floyd Exhibition
One of the most successful rock bands in the world invites you to see their interactive multimedia exhibition: “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”. From 15 September onwards, for five months, the Dortmunder U will be the first and only venue in Germany to host this popular exhibition. It created quite a buzz in two cultural hotspots: first in London and most recently in Rome. It sounds a little bit like the Champions League, doesn’t it? Dortmund is in it to win it.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission to the Dortmunder U is free. The exhibitions of the HMKV and the Museum Ostwall (MO) require entrance fees. Temporary exhibitions on the 6th floor as well as special events also require in most cases entrance fees. Visitors can purchase tickets for the collection of the Museum Ostwall and the exhibitions of the MO and the HMKV exclusively at the reception desk in the vertical art space.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in Dortmund is easy. The centre of Dortmund is not that big for a city of a half million people. It is entirely feasible to walk from one end to another end. However there are plenty of public transports, bicycle and tourist bus.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
During late spring to early autumn is peak season for tourists to Dormunt. Summers is sunny and warm around 25°C (77°F). During November - December around 5°C, there are several Christmas markets in the city which is in combination with the festive mood, its a nice time to visit.
Will I Need a Guide?
Both individual or guided tour are available for visitors.
How To Get There?
Dormunt U is accessible simply by foot.
Should you go by train in Dortmund, make sure that all tickets need to be validated before departure. Failure to stamp the ticket in the appropriate machines will result in either a €40 on-the-spot fine or being brought to a police station by the security where the police will request your I.D. such as your passport for later prosecution. Not being German, not understanding the language or complicated system, or the fact that you have purchased a ticket will not be accepted as excuses: if it is not stamped, it is not valid, and travelling with a non-stamped ticket is considered an offence. There are a number of attractions held in Dormunder U. What we are going to elaborate here are the most visited by tourists.