The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is turn­ing 40


The year 2016 has a very spe­cial sig­ni­f­i­cance for the Mu­se­um Lud­wig: we will be cele­brat­ing three an­niv­er­saries at once. In 1946, the ci­ty of Cologne re­ceived the fa­mous Josef Haubrich-col­lec­tion with mod­er­nist art­works as a do­na­tion. Build­ing on this col­lec­tion and ini­ti­at­ed by the ma­jor do­na­tion from Peter and Irene Lud­wig, for­ty years ago the Mu­se­um Lud­wig was found­ed. Last but not least, this year marks our 30th an­niv­er­sary in the new mu­se­um build­ing be­tween the cathe­dral and the Rhine. Enough rea­sons for a spe­cial an­niv­er­sary pro­gram more


We Call It Lud­wig

The Mu­se­um Is Turn­ing 40!

Au­gust 27, 2016–Jan­uary 8, 2017

The group ex­hi­bi­tion We Call It Lud­wig is the high point of the land­mark year 2016 at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The theme of this wide-rang­ing show is the in­sti­tu­tion it­self. Ini­ti­at­ed by all the cu­ra­tors of the mu­se­um, 25 in­ter­na­tio­n­al artists have been in­vit­ed to de­vel­op new works for the ex­hi­bi­tion that spe­cif­i­cal­ly re­late to the Mu­se­um Lud­wig more


2016 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize:

Huang Yong Ping

April 13–Au­gust 28, 2016

For the 22nd year in a row, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig will pre­sent the Wolf­gang Hahn Prize. In 2016 the re­cipi­ent will be the artist Huang Yong Ping, who was born in 1954 in Chi­na and has lived in Paris since 1989. With this prize, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst rec­og­nizes the con­sis­tent qual­i­ty of the re­cipi­ents’ work. The as­so­ci­a­tion will ac­quire a key work for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig more

The collection online


The col­lec­tion on­line

On­ly a third of our col­lec­tion can be shown per­ma­nent­ly in the mu­se­um. You can browse the whole col­lec­tion and look in­side our past ex­hi­bi­tions here

Ex­tend­ed Thurs­day

Late Night Thurs­day

On the first Thurs­­day of ev­ery month un­til 10 p.m.

There are days that are just dif­fer­­ent from others: more in­­ter­est­ing, more en­joy­able, more ex­c­it­ing. En­joy live con­certs, cabaret, artist talks, tours, kunst:dialoge, the­ater, read­­ings, dance, film, and per­­for­­mances.



Video, Au­dio, Slideshows

Watch trail­ers of our ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­grams, doc­u­men­ta­tion of past events, and slideshows about all ar­eas of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig in our Me­diathek more


Are there an­i­mals in heav­en?

Bar­bara Kruger has de­signed a bus for Cologne

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig and the KVB, Cologne's public tran­s­port com­pany, have in­vit­ed Bar­bara Kruger to de­sign a bus that will tour the ci­ty from De­cem­ber 5th on more