As a visitor of Oberhausen one inevitably ends up facing the city’s industrial past. Europe’s first chewing gum museum bids farewell to the old and tells the story of today. Instead of digging deeper, it investigates the upmost layer of earth. However, the museum is not just an area for chewing gum exhibits. It also acts as a stimulator of thoughts and talks about the role of museums and local policies of identity.

From 1 – 11 September 2016, Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley’s Archaeological Museum can be visited daily from 2pm – 7pm at Marktstraße 107.


Take a look behind the scenes: in the LAB, the artists are developing their projects online. Your contributions and comments to the work in progress are welcome!

  • Investigating the City’s Upmost Layer

    13 September 2016 11:33 by ACTOPOLIS

    Fotos aus Actopolis Oberhausen_c_Daniel Ladnar/Urbane Künste Ruhr 2016

    Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley welcomed visitors to Europe’s first ever chewing gum museum. Gum however, was not the only attraction. Situated in the archaeological museum the “museological forum for utopian identities” further stimulated thoughts and discussions dealing with the role of museums and urban particularities.


    30 August 2016 13:05 by ACTOPOLIS

    On the 31st of August 2016, Actopolis Oberhausen curators will get rid of the old city to make space for a new one. Find out what follows on the eleven days after their Destruction Workshop in the programme of We Are Building a New City!


Susanne Kudielka / Kaspar Wimberley

Susanne Kudielka / Kaspar Wimberley

Actopolis-City: Oberhausen

Susanne and Kaspar work as artists, producers, curators and researchers, specialising in site-responsive and inter-disciplinary 'public-art' practices. They are based in Stuttgart and Jersey.

Re-imagining the everyday
Projects have been described as an invitation to experience or take part in something extraordinary and a catalyst for dialogue and exchange. The common thread that runs through their work is an attempt to sensitise people to existing social, political or cultural conditions, exposing, negating or interrogating the hierarchy of the moment.

Susanne and Kaspar have worked for museums, art festivals, art institutions, universities, NGOs, schools and as independent producers, in collaboration with dog owners, bakers, landlords, bikers, gardeners, fishermen, homeless people, magicians, teenagers, shopkeepers, a choir and asylum seekers.