The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is cele­brat­ing its an­niver­sary

The year 2016 marks three an­niv­er­saries: In 1946, Josef Haubrich do­nat­ed his col­lec­tion of mod­er­nist art­works to the ci­ty of Cologne and thus laid the foun­da­tion for the mu­se­um. Af­ter its found­ing in 1976, when Peter and Irene Lud­wig agreed to do­nate 350 works of con­tem­po­rary art, in 1986 the new mu­se­um build­ing was opened. Enough rea­sons to cele­brate with a spe­cial pro­gram of ex­hi­bi­tions and events.


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.


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.