Im­por­tant News

Dear vis­i­tors,

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig, like all other mu­ni­ci­pal mu­se­ums in Cologne, will be closed tem­po­rar­i­ly. No in-per­son events will take place un­for­tu­nate­ly. How­ev­er, the mu­se­um will re­main ac­tive on Face­book, In­s­ta­gram, and Twit­ter. Events such as the Late Night Thurs­day or the Kun­st­Be­wusst talks will take place on­line. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the events please vis­it our cal­en­dar.




Andy Warhol Now


Andy Warhol is in­­­dis­­­putab­­­ly the best-known rep­re­sen­­­ta­­­tive of Pop Art. His icon­ic sub­­­­­jects such as Mar­i­­­lyn, the Cam­pell’s soup can, and Co­­­ca-Co­la bot­­­tles are part of the col­lec­­­tive me­m­o­ry. Thir­­­ty years af­ter his last ret­ro­spec­­­tive in Cologne, Andy Warhol Now pre­sents Andy Warhol as an artist whose in­­­no­­­va­­­tive work can be re­dis­­­­­cov­­­ered, es­­­pe­­­cial­­­ly for a young gen­er­a­­­tion in the age of mi­­­gra­­­tion and so­­­cial di­ver­si­­­ty.


"Andy Warhol Now" Tick­ets

Dear vis­i­tors,

Due to the cur­rent coro­na si­t­u­a­tion, we will not start selling times­lot tick­ets for the ex­hi­bi­tion "Andy Warhol Now" short­ly be­fore the open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Video Gallery

You can watch more videos about our ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram here.


360° Pano­ram­ic tour

Dis­cov­er high­lights from our col­lec­tion vir­tu­al­ly: 360° Pano­ram­ic tour

Col­lec­tion On­line

Get to the sci­en­tif­ic database to re­search the col­lec­­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig here.


Rus­sian Avant-Garde at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Orig­i­nal and Fake
Ques­tions, Re­search, Ex­pla­na­tions


Af­ter a long pe­ri­od in which the sub­ject was ta­boo, an in­creas­ing num­ber of mu­se­ums are open­ing up to a trans­par­ent ac­count­ing of coun­ter­feit works, exchang­ing in­sights, and, if ne­ces­sary, de­cid­ing to write off works from their col­lec­tions. With a stu­dio ex­hi­bi­tion on the Rus­sian avant- garde, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is ask­ing ques­tions about the au­then­tic­i­ty of works in its col­lec­tion. Thanks to Peter and Irene Lud­wig, in ad­di­tion to Pop Art and Pi­cas­so, the Rus­sian avant-garde is one of the fo­cus­es of the mu­se­um’s col­lec­tion, with more than 600 works from the pe­ri­od be­tween 1905 and 1930, in­clud­ing some 100 paint­in­gs.


Sisi in Pri­vate: The Em­press’s Pho­to Al­bums

10/24/2020 – 7/4/2021

Em­­press Elis­a­­beth of Aus­­tria-Hun­­gary, called Sisi, col­lec­t­ed pho­­to­­graphs in the 1860s, but kept them pri­­vate through­out her life. To­­day the Mu­se­um Lud­wig holds eigh­­teen of her al­bums with some 2000 pho­­to­­graphs. The most renowned are from her “al­bums of beau­ties,” high­­­ly staged por­­traits of other wo­m­en. The pre­sen­­ta­­tion out­­­lines the con­nec­­tions be­tween her al­­most ob­s­es­­sive col­lec­t­ing of por­­traits of wo­m­en and the im­age of her­­self that she cre­at­ed.

John Dewey, Who?

New Pre­sen­ta­tion of the Col­lec­tion of Con­tem­po­rary Art

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is show­ing a new pre­sen­­ta­­tion of its col­lec­­tion of con­tem­po­rary art on the base­­ment lev­­el.


Schultze Pro­jects #2

Av­ery Singer

Oc­to­ber 2019 – Oc­to­ber 2021

For the se­cond edi­tion of the se­ries Schultze Pro­jects, the Amer­i­can artist Av­ery Singer has cre­at­ed a new, site-spe­cif­ic work for the stair­well at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The sev­en-part work is over sev­en­teen me­ters long and three and a half me­ters high. The name of the se­ries re­fers to Ber­nard Schultze and his wife Ur­su­la (Schultze-Bluhm), whose es­tate is ma­n­aged by the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, and in whose me­m­o­ry ev­ery two years since 2017 an artist has been in­vit­ed to cre­ate a ma­jor work for the pro­mi­nent front wall of the stair­well.


On­line Tick­et

Avoid the line and book your tick­et on­line in ad­vance. It con­tains a public tran­s­port tick­et (VRS) and is valid for three years af­ter purchase.