Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is open!

Pi­cas­so Ex­hi­bi­tion

Re­serve your tick­et in ad­vance to see the ex­hi­bi­tion with­out wait­ing in line. Time slot tick­ets for the com­ing week are made avai­l­able ev­ery Mon­day here. We’ve al­so ex­tend­ed our open­ing hours for the ex­hi­bi­tion: Tues­day to Sun­day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You can vis­it the col­lec­tion as well as all other spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions at any time with­out book­ing a tick­et in ad­vance. You can get your tick­et at the cash desk.


You do not need proof of vac­ci­na­tion, re­cov­ery, or a neg­a­tive test re­sult to vis­it our col­lec­tion or the ex­hi­bi­tions.

To par­ti­ci­pate in guid­ed tours and work­shops or events at the Film­fo­rum NRW (Mu­se­um Lud­wig au­di­to­ri­um), you must show proof of com­plet­ed vac­ci­na­tion, re­cov­ery, or a neg­a­tive rapid test re­sult from a cer­ti­fied test cen­ter from the past for­ty-eight hours.


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.

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.


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 on­ly take place on Novem­ber 4th.