Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

Ex­hi­bi­tion and col­lec­tion chan­geover

Parts of our col­lec­tion are cur­rent­ly be­ing moved to new, per­ma­nent spots within the mu­se­um. Large parts of the Pi­cas­so-Col­lec­tion are on loan to an ex­hi­bi­tion tour in Ja­pan and are not shown at the mo­ment.

The Pop-Art col­lec­tion is mov­ing to a new gallery on our 2nd floor and will re-open as of De­cem­ber, 2015.

We kind­ly ask for your un­der­s­tand­ing.

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


Ber­nard Schultze. A Cen­ten­nial Ex­hi­bi­tion

May 30–Novem­ber 22, 2015

Ber­nard Schultze (1915–2005) was a lead­ing ex­po­nent of ges­tu­ral ab­s­tract paint­ing and an enor­mous­ly pro­lif­ic artist, even in old age. He cre­at­ed rich­ly de­tailed, bril­liant­ly col­ored paint­in­gs, draw­in­gs, and re­liefs that even­tu­al­ly grew in­to three-di­men­sio­n­al col­ored sculp­tures made from wire, tex­tiles, and plas­tic. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig, which hous­es a large part of Schultze’s ar­tis­tic es­tate, is pay­ing ho­mage to him on the cen­te­nary of his birth.

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