In­tractable and Un­tamed:

Doc­u­men­tary Pho­tog­ra­phy around 1979

June 28–Oc­to­ber 5, 2014

The year 1979 marked “the awak­en­ing of in­tractable re­al­i­ty,” as the pho­to the­o­rist Ro­land Barth­es not­ed in his book Cam­era Lu­ci­da in the same year. The ex­hi­bi­tion shows works by 15 artists, like Robert Ada­mas, Can­di­da Höfer, or Boris Mikhailov, who fol­lowed a doc­u­men­tary ap­proach in their pho­tog­ra­phy in the so-called cri­sis de­cades af­ter 1979 more


The Mu­se­um of Pho­tog­ra­phy. A Re­vi­sion

June 28–Oc­to­ber 5, 2014

Do we need a mu­se­um of Pho­tog­ra­phy, or does it bet­ter be­long in­to an art mu­se­um? Erich Stenger (1878-1958), a pas­­sio­­nate col­lec­­tor of pho­­to­­graphs, viewed them not as art, but as tech­no­log­i­­cal evi­­dence. Yet the way he en­vis­aged pre­sen­t­ing them was in a mu­se­um. To­day, his col­lec­tion is part of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig—in other words, of an art mu­se­um. Time for a re­vi­sion more

Ex­tend­ed Thurs­day

Ex­tend­ed 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