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

HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Hei­mo Zobernig


HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Hei­­mo Zobernig

Fe­bruary 20–May 22, 2016

In Fe­bruary 2016, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will launch a new ex­hi­bi­­tion se­ries that ques­­tions the ap­proach­es and con­ven­­tions of the in­­sti­­tu­­tion’s own work. HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig aims to rene­­go­ti­ate the for­­mat of mu­se­um ex­hi­bi­­tions. The first ex­hi­bi­­tion in the se­ries will fea­­ture the renowned Aus­­trian artist Hei­­mo Zobernig. Part of his rad­i­­cal and min­i­­mal­is­tic—and in fact site-spe­­ci­­fic—in­s­­tal­la­­tion in the Aus­­trian pav­ilion at the 2015 Venice Bi­en­­nale will now be shown at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. In rooms that were orig­i­­nal­­ly in­­­tend­ed for works on pa­per, a re­­pli­­ca of the pav­ilion in­­s­­tal­la­­tion will serve as both a stage and a pedes­­tal for the mu­se­um’s sculp­­ture col­lec­­tion more

Abbildung Joan Mitchell


Joan Mitchell. Ret­ro­spec­tive.
Her Life and Paint­ings

Novem­ber 14, 2015 – Fe­bruary 21, 2016

In part­n­er­­ship with the Kun­sthaus Bre­­genz and in close co­op­er­a­­tion with the Joan Mitchell Foun­­da­­tion in New York, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sen­t­ing a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­­tive of the le­g­endary artist Joan Mitchell (b.1925 in Chi­ca­­go, d. 1992 in Paris). With some thir­­ty pain­t­ings, some of which are very large-for­­mat and span sev­er­al pan­els, the show at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sents one of the most im­­por­­tant fig­ures in twen­ti­eth-cen­­tu­ry art 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