Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

The “2G-Regel” ap­plies for your vis­it

The vac­ci­nat­ed-re­cov­ered-rule (“2G-Regel”) ap­plies at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Please have proof of vac­ci­na­tion or past ill­ness and a valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment ready.

Reg­is­tra­tion is al­so re­quired to at­tend an event, work­shop or tour or if you wish to vis­it the mu­se­um li­brary (KMB).


Chil­dren up to the age of school en­try do not re­quire proof. Stu­dents un­der the age of 16 are con­sid­ered test­ed. Stu­dents 16 years of age and old­er are asked to pro­vide school cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Adults who can­not be vac­ci­nat­ed for med­i­cal rea­sons must pre­sent a neg­a­tive rapid test (max. 24 hours old) in ad­di­tion to a med­i­cal cer­ti­fi­cate. The mask obli­ga­tion, dis­tance and hy­giene reg­u­la­tions of the Coro­na Pro­tec­tion Or­d­i­nance of the Fed­er­al State of North Rhine-West­phalia cont­in­ue to ap­p­ly.


Pi­cas­so Shared and Di­vid­ed: The Artist and His Im­age in East and West Ger­many


What do we as­­so­­ci­ate with Pab­­lo Pi­­cas­­so? And what as­­so­­ci­a­­tions with him did the Ger­­man peo­­ple have in mind dur­ing the post-war years, when he was at the height of his fame? Far more than we do: This is the main idea of the ex­hi­bi­­tion, which re­veals a for­­got­ten breadth, ten­­sion, and pro­­duc­­tiv­i­­ty of th­ese ap­pro­pri­a­­tions. It deals not on­­ly with the artist, but with his au­di­ence, which in­­ter­pret­ed Pi­­cas­­so’s art in very dif­fer­­ent ways in the cap­i­­tal­ist West and in the so­­cial­ist East. The Ger­­man Pi­­cas­­so was di­vid­ed, but this di­vi­­sion al­­so sti­m­u­lat­ed the re­­cep­­tion: Be­­cause ev­ery­one ques­­tioned his art, it had some­thing to say for ev­ery­one.


HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig
to­gether for and against

11/13/2021 – 2/13/2022

With the ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether for and against it, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is fo­cus­ing on po­si­tions of con­tem­po­rary art in Ja­pan and their his­tor­i­cal pre­de­ces­sors. A start­ing point is the con­sid­er­a­tion of the Ja­pa­nese avant-garde in the 1960s from to­day’s per­spec­tives. What de­vel­op­ments in the post-war pe­ri­od did artists re­act to at the time? What mo­ti­vat­ed their sen­sa­tio­n­al public per­for­mances? What moves the artist col­lec­tive Chim↑Pom and the artist Ko­ki Ta­na­ka to­day, and how do they re­late to this his­tor­i­cal move­ment?

Mar­cel Oden­bach
2021 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize


Mar­­cel Oden­bach (*1953 in Cologne) is the win­n­er of the 2021 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize by the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst. The award cer­e­­mony al­ways al­­so in­­­cludes an ac­qui­si­­tion for the col­lec­­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Thanks to Mar­­cel Oden­bach’s generos­i­­ty, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig will ac­quire his unique Sch­nittvor­la­­gen for the 2021 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize.

Au­gust & Marta: How Au­gust San­der Pho­to­graphed the Pain­ter Mar­ta Hege­mann (and Her Chil­dren’s Room!)

Pho­tog­ra­phy room


With this pre­sen­­ta­­tion in the pho­­tog­ra­­phy room, we have at­temp­t­ed to make a 1929 chil­­dren’s room tan­gi­ble for vis­i­­tor for which Mar­­ta Hege­­mann had cre­at­ed sev­er­al wall pain­t­ings. Ex­­cept for pho­­to­­graphs tak­en by Au­­gust San­der, no traces of them have sur­­vived to­­day. Com­­ple­­men­t­ed by por­­traits and works on pa­per by Hege­­mann we try to of­fer in­­sight in­­­to her de­signs for the mu­rals, and young vis­i­­tors are ex­­plic­it­­ly in­­vit­ed to ex­­plore them.


Schultze Pro­jects #3
Min­er­va Cue­vas

Novem­ber 2021 – Novem­ber 2023

For the third edi­tion of the Schultze Pro­jects se­ries, Min­er­va Cue­vas (*1975 in Mex­i­co Ci­ty) has cre­at­ed a new site-spe­cif­ic work for the large front wall of the main stair­way at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. 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 large-scale work for this pro­mi­nent lo­ca­tion.


Boaz Kaiz­man: Green Area


On the an­niver­sary year “2021: 1700 Years of Jew­­ish Life in Ger­­many,” the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has in­­vit­ed the artist Boaz Kaiz­­man (born in 1962 in Tel Aviv, has lived and worked in Cologne since 1993) to de­vel­op a new work. The video in­­s­­tal­la­­tion Grü­­nan­lage (Green Area) com­pris­es six­­teen new videos in sev­en large pro­­jec­­tions across two walls. It will be pre­sen­t­ed in the large ex­hi­bi­­tion hall at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig span­n­ing around 200 square me­ters.


360° Pano­ram­ic tour

Dis­cov­er high­lights from our col­lec­tion vir­tu­al­ly: 360° Pano­ram­ic tour

Durch die Samm­lung mit...

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig, the mu­ni­ci­pal in­te­gra­tion cen­ter of the ci­ty of Cologne (KI Köln) and the cen­ter for mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and in­te­gra­tion (ZMI) pre­sent a new video pro­ject: Cologne re­si­dents in­tro­duce us to art­works from the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig in their na­tive lan­guage, for ex­am­ple by telling us what it re­minds them of. Be­sides pro­fes­sio­n­al in­spi­ra­tion and joy, this can al­so be ra­cism, in­e­qual­i­ty and ex­clu­sion.

Col­lec­tion On­line

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

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.


Late Night Thurs­day

On the first Thurs­­day of ev­ery month un­til 10 p.m.

Our next Late Night Thurs­day will take place on De­cem­ber 2,&nb­sp;2021.