Im­por­tant In­for­ma­tion

Dear art lovers,

Un­for­tu­nate­ly, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has to close from the 13th of April on­wards.

Please note that you will on­­ly be able to vis­it the ex­hi­bi­­tion Andy Warhol Now&nb­sp;un­til the 11th of April. The per­­ma­­nent col­lec­­tion and the ex­hi­bi­­tions Sisi in Pri­­vate: The Em­­press's Pho­­to Al­bums and Rus­sian Avant-Garde at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Orig­i­­nal and Fake. Ques­­tions, Re­search, Ex­­pla­­na­­tions will open at another time.

Open­ing Hours Andy Warhol Now
Tues­­day to Thurs­­day and Sun­­day: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri­­day to Sa­t­ur­­day: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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,

Tick­ets for the dates April 6 - April 11 have sold out un­for­tu­nate­ly. The mu­se­um will close from the 13th of April on­wards. Once the mu­se­um can open again, you can on­ly buy tick­ets on­line through Köl­ntick­et. There will be no tick­et sales at the mu­se­um or via phone or email. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, we do not of­fer guid­ed tours at the mo­ment. If you have ques­tions con­cern­ing the tick­et sale please con­tact warhol@dertick­et­ser­

We have changed our tick­et sales part­n­er, on­ly Köl­ntick­et will sell tick­ets for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

From the 22nd on­wards you have to show a neg­a­tive coro­na test re­sult when vis­it­ing us. Here you can find an overview of test­ing lo­ca­tions in Cologne.

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.