As the patron’s association of the museum, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst helps fund the Museum Ludwig’s acquisitions, exhibitions, and projects.
Since the association’s founding in 1985, engaging with modern and contemporary art has been our defining commitment. This interest now unites over 600 members of all ages from the fields of business, the sciences, and culture.
As a member you can expect a diverse program that offers insights into modern and contemporary art, exciting explorations of the latest developments, as well as a range of exclusive events.
Each year, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst distinguishes a contemporary artist with its annual awarding of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. Its criteria are the artist’s consistent artistic development over several decades and his or her international recognition among experts. In turn, the distinguished artists should be appropriately represented in the Museum Ludwig, so that a work or group of works can be acquired for the benefit of its collection.
A novel form of collective patronage is the Young Acquisition, an initiative established in 2005 by young members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst. During regular meetings with the museum’s director and Dr. Barbara Engelbach, curator of the Collection of Contemporary Art, Photography, and Media Art, recommendations are presented and discussed in depth. Which work is then jointly purchased for the collection is ultimately a democratic decision—whereby the museum naturally retains the right to veto.
With Art in Context the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst invites you to a series of public events devoted to current trends in art. Experts and representatives of the international art scene discuss selected themes in art theory and practice. The lecture series highlights the heterogeneity of current artistic developments and sheds light on their different positions.