Re­open­ing Pop Art und Fluxus-Col­lec­tion - Sa­t­ur­day 31st Ju­ly

We are pleased to an­nounce that, from Sa­t­ur­day Ju­ly 31st, we will fi­nal­ly be able to show the Pop Art and Fluxus col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig again in a new pre­sen­ta­tion af­ter sev­er­al months of be­ing shut down. The large hall on the first floor starts with James Rosen­quist's 14-me­ter-long monu­men­tal paint­ing "Star Thief" (1980), which hasn't been dis­played in our mu­se­um since 2017. The other end of the tour is marked by Nic­ki de Saint Phalles' dy­nam­ic fe­male fig­ure "Black Na­na" (1968/69), which al­so hasn't been pre­sent­ed in years and which was been sore­ly missed by many vis­i­tors.


IN SI­TU: Pho­to Sto­ries on Mi­gra­tion

19.06.2021 – 03.10.2021

Pho­­to­­graphs of Cologne and other ci­ties in the Rhine­­land from the pe­ri­od be­tween 1955 and 1989 vi­­su­al­ize the con­s­­tant changes brought about by the re­si­­dents. Yet the sto­ries of mi­­grant work­ers in pho­­tog­ra­­phy are bare­­ly pre­sent in the public vi­­su­al me­m­o­ry of th­ese ci­ties. For the first time, this ex­hi­bi­­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will fo­­cus on per­­so­n­al pho­­to­­graphs. An im­­por­­tant start­ing point is doc­u­­ments of sto­ries of mi­­gra­­tion from DO­MiD.


Sisi in Pri­vate: The Em­press’s Pho­to Al­bums

10/24/2020 – 9/19/2021

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.


2020 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize: Be­tye Saar

06/01/2021 – 09/12/2021

For more than fif­ty years, Be­tye Saar has cre­at­ed as­sem­blages from a wide va­ri­e­ty of found ob­jects, which she com­bines with draw­ing, prints, paint­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy.

The Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig purchased the as­sem­blage The Di­vine Face from 1971 to­gether with the Mu­se­um Lud­wig for the mu­se­um’s col­lec­tion as part of the prize award­ed to Be­tye Saar. The work will be pre­sent­ed in the mu­se­um’s col­lec­tion along with two etch­in­gs re­cent­ly ac­quired through the “Per­len­such­er am Mu­se­um Lud­wig” ini­tia­tive as well as a col­lage, an artist’s book and the film Be­tye Saar: Tak­ing Care of Busi­ness.


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 dig­i­tal­ly on Ju­ly 1st.