Fü­sun Onur. Ret­ro­spec­tive

Septem­ber 16, 2023 – Jan­uary 28, 2024

Fü­sun Onur was born in 1938 in Is­tan­bul, where she is cur­rent­ly based. Her im­pres­sive and varied oeu­vre de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion and can­not be as­signed to any one tra­di­tio­n­al art genre. Ear­ly on in her ca­reer, Onur dis­cov­ered sur­pris­ing sculp­tu­ral so­lu­tions through the ex­plo­ra­tion of sur­face and space. This for­mal ap­proach was on­ly one of many she de­vel­oped. Lat­er, ev­ery­day ob­jects and sen­su­ous ma­te­rials were in­cor­po­rat­ed in­to large in­s­tal­la­tions and aug­ment­ed by a nar­ra­tive el­e­ment that cont­in­ues to lend a po­et­ic depth to her work. Blue is a fre­quent­ly used col­or in Onur’s work and a re­cur­ring theme in this ex­hi­bi­tion.

Col­lec­tion Pre­sen­ta­tion: Pab­lo Pi­cas­so Suite 156

with Kubra Khade­mi

Oc­to­ber 28, 2023 – Fe­bruary 4, 2024

April 8, 2023, marked the fifti­eth an­niv­er­sary of Pab­lo Pi­cas­so’s death. Nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions in Eu­rope and the Unit­ed States are cele­brat­ing this ju­bilee by in­tro­duc­ing Pi­cas­so’s work to to­day’s au­di­ences un­der the ban­n­er of The Pi­cas­so 1973–2023 Cele­bra­tion. The hold­in­gs of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig in­clude the third-largest col­lec­tion of Pi­cas­sos in the world, and it is par­ti­ci­pat­ing in the an­niv­er­sary year with a pre­sen­ta­tion from the Graph­ic Col­lec­tions: Suite 156, a late work by the artist, con­sist­ing of 155 etch­in­gs from be­tween 1968 and 1972. The pre­sen­ta­tion of the se­ries of etch­in­gs is com­ple­ment­ed by a new piece by con­tem­po­rary Afghan artist Kubra Khade­mi.

2023 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize: Fran­cis Alÿs

Novem­ber 18, 2023 – April 7, 2024

Fran­cis Alÿs re­ceives the 2023 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize from the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The Mex­i­co Ci­ty–based artist (b. 1959 in An­tw­erp) studied ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban plan­n­ing and be­gan work­ing for lo­cal NGOs there in 1986, be­fore start­ing his ar­tis­tic ca­reer in 1990. As is cus­to­mary, the prize en­tails the ac­qui­si­tion of a work for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Fran­cis Alÿs’s un­ti­tled two-part work is part of the so-called Sign Paint­ing Pro­ject (1993–1997). It will be on show in a pre­sen­ta­tion from Novem­ber 18, 2023 to April 7, 2024.

1000 … miles to the edge – Do­na­tion Kasper König

Novem­ber 11, 2023 – March 17, 2024
New in the Col­lec­tion

As an ex­hi­bi­­tion or­­ganiz­er, co­­foun­der of Skulp­­tur Pro­­jekte Mün­ster, cu­ra­­tor of the ma­jor ex­hi­bi­­tions West­­kunst and von hi­er aus as well as Man­i­fes­­ta in St. Peter­s­burg, Kasper König played an in­­­com­­para­ble role in shap­ing art dis­­­course over the past five de­­cades. He was di­rec­­tor of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig for twelve years (2000–12). In his view, a mu­se­um is a public place: “It be­­longs to ev­ery­one and no one.” König is now do­­nat­ing a se­lec­­tion of works from his pri­­vate col­lec­­tion to the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, which will be pre­sen­t­ed in one room within the mu­se­um’s per­­ma­­nent col­lec­­tion.

Walde Huth. Ma­te­rial and Fashion

Septem­ber 23, 2023 – March 3, 2024
Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

Ger­man pho­to­g­ra­pher Walde Huth (1923–2011) spent her en­tire ca­reer ex­plor­ing tex­tiles and fab­rics. Start­ing with com­mis­sions in the ear­ly 1950s, in­clud­ing those from the vel­vet fac­to­ry Gottlieb Ott Sohn, she was able to en­ter the in­ter­na­tio­n­al world of fashion as a pho­to­g­ra­pher, work­ing with de­sign­ers of the “New Look” such as Chris­tian Dior and Jac­ques Fath. On the oc­ca­sion of the cen­te­nary of Walde Huth’s birth, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sent­ing its hold­in­gs of her work, which have been ex­ten­sive­ly en­larged since 2017.

On the Val­ue of Time

New Pre­sen­ta­tion of the Col­lec­tion of Con­tem­po­rary Art

For the fourth time the Mu­se­um is show­ing a new pre­sen­ta­tion of the col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art in the base­ment.This edi­­tion, run­n­ing from Au­­gust 10, 2023 till Au­­gust 31, 2025, will fo­­cus on dif­fer­­ent con­­cepts of time and ways in which artists han­­dle the top­ic in their work.


Schultze Pro­jects #3
Min­er­va Cue­vas

Novem­ber 2021 – Au­gust 2024

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 pe­ri­od­i­cal­ly since 2017 an artist has been in­vit­ed to cre­ate a large-scale work for this pro­mi­nent lo­ca­tion.


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.

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.


Late Night Thurs­day

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

Our next Late Night Thurs­day will take place on De­cem­ber 7, 2023.