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


Mas­ter of Beau­ty: Karl Schenk­er’s Gla­m­orous Im­ages

Septem­ber 10, 2016– Jan­uary 8, 2017

In the 1910s and 20s Karl Schenk­er (1886–1954) was one of the best-known so­ci­e­ty por­trai­tists. Ac­tors, mod­els and the high so­ci­e­ty – ev­ery­one with dist­inc­tion had his or her por­trait tak­en in Schenk­er’s Ber­lin stu­dio on Kur­fürs­ten­damm, in New York or lat­er in Lon­don. As a pho­to­g­ra­pher, il­lus­tra­tor, pain­ter, and de­sign­er of man­ne­quins, Schenk­er de­vot­ed him­self above all to the gla­m­ourous fe­male por­trait and to fashion pho­to­graphs. For the first time now Schenk­er’s life and work are traced and thus an un­just­ly for­got­ten artist re­dis­cov­ered more


HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Home Vis­it

Novem­ber 5 – 27, 2016 (ev­ery Sa­t­ur­day and Sun­day)

The se­cond pro­ject of the new se­ries un­der the pro­gram­mat­ic ti­tle Home Vis­it will be an ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing place in pri­vate homes through­out the ci­ty. Six in­ter­na­tio­n­al artists have been in­vit­ed to de­vel­op new site-spe­cif­ic works that en­gage with se­lect­ed do­mes­tic spaces. The un­con­ven­tio­n­al for­mat pro­vides an oc­ca­sion to ex­amine our no­tions of pri­va­cy, in­ti­ma­cy, and hos­pi­tal­i­ty as well as new forms, pos­si­bil­i­ties, and lim­its of their rep­re­sen­ta­tion.
Par­ti­ci­pat­ing artists: Mar­wa Ar­sanios, åyr, Neïl Be­lo­u­fa, Pia Camil, Cal­la Henkel & Max Pite­goff, Mélanie Ma­tran­ga more


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


Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers

In 1977 the L. Fritz and Re­nate Gru­ber Col­lec­tion laid the foun­da­tion for the pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Icons of pho­to­graph­ic his­to­ry from Man Ray, Ce­cil Bea­t­on, or Au­gust San­der of­fer a pano­ra­ma of twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry pho­tog­ra­phy. Yet the Gru­ber Col­lec­tion is not on­ly unique due to the pho­to­graphs them­selves, but al­so in light of its ge­n­e­sis. The col­lec­tion took shape as a re­sult of the col­lec­tors’ long­time friend­ships with the pho­to­g­ra­phers. On the oc­ca­sion of her eighti­eth birth­day in Ju­ly 2016, Re­nate Gru­ber shares her very per­so­n­al me­m­ories of twen­ty pho­to­g­ra­phers who are now among the most fa­mous of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry in our se­ries “Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion.” See more in our&nb­sp;me­diathek.

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