Green Mod­er­nism. The New View of Plants

Septem­ber 17, 2022 – Jan­uary, 22, 2023

What do plants mean to hu­man be­in­gs? The ex­hi­bi­tion Green Mod­er­nism: The New View of Plants takes us back to the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry and ex­amines the de­pic­tion of plants in the vi­su­al arts and how they were viewed in bo­tany and so­ci­e­ty in gen­er­al. Af­ter all, as plain as pott­ed plants in pic­tures may ap­pear at first glance, and as mat­ter-of-fact as bo­tan­i­cal re­ports read, they al­ways al­so attest to the con­tra­dic­tions, fears, long­in­gs, and ide­olo­gies of the mod­ern age. At the same time, the ex­hi­bi­tion is a pi­lot pro­ject in eco-cu­rat­ing for the Mu­se­um Lud­wig.


HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig. An­ti-colo­nial In­ter­ven­tions

Oc­­to­ber 8, 2022 – Fe­bruary 5, 2023

The eighth pro­­ject in the ex­hi­bi­­tion se­ries HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig em­barks on an an­ti­­co­lo­­nial jour­ney through the per­­ma­­nent col­lec­­tion. To­gether with the artists Daniela Or­­tiz (b. 1985 in Pe­ru), Pau­la Baeza Pail­amil­la (b. 1988 in Chile), Pa­lo­­ma Ay­ala (b. 1980 in Mex­i­­co) and Páv­el Agui­lar (b. 1989 in Hon­­duras), we will take a crit­i­­cal and cu­ri­ous look at ar­tis­tic po­si­­tions from Latin Amer­i­­ca. Which Latin Amer­i­­can artists are part of the col­lec­­tion? How did mod­­er­nist artists (most of whom were from Eu­­rope) re­pro­­duce the ex­oti­­ciz­ing gaze di­rec­t­ed at the Glob­al South? Which works need to be crit­i­­cal­­ly ques­­tioned, and which ones of­fer coun­ter-mod­­els?

2022 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize: Frank Bowl­ing

Novem­ber 16, 2022 – Fe­bruary 12, 2023

Frank Bowl­ing (*1934 in Bar­ti­­ca, Guya­­na) is the re­­cip­i­ent of the 2022 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize by Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The award cer­e­mony al­ways al­so in­cludes an ac­qui­si­tion for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Thanks to the artist’s generos­i­ty, the 2022 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize will mark the first ac­qui­si­tion of one of his works for a public col­lec­tion in Ger­many. Frank Bowl­ing's paint­ing Flog­ging the Dead Don­key (2020) be­comes part of the mu­se­um col­lec­tion and can be seen from Novem­ber 16, 2022 till Fe­bruary 12, 2023 in a pre­sen­ta­tion at Mu­se­um Lud­wig.

Kiss, kiss. In me­mo­ri­am Lady Re­nate Gru­ber

De­cem­ber 3, 2022 – March 12, 2023
Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

On Oc­­to­ber 30, 2022, pho­­tog­ra­­phy col­lec­­tor Re­­nate Gru­ber passed away. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig now bids her farewell with a pre­sen­­ta­­tion in the Pho­­tog­ra­­phy Room. Works from the Gru­ber Col­lec­­tion and Archive will be on dis­­­play to­gether with views of her home, which for many was a sort of in­­sti­­tu­­tion in Cologne.


Schultze Pro­jects #3
Min­er­va Cue­vas

Novem­ber 2021 – Novem­ber 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.

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 Fe­bruary 2, 2023.