Open­ing Hours over Christ­mas and New Year’s

Open on

De­cem­ber 26 to 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan­uary 2, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reg­u­lar open­ing hours start­ing on Jan­uary 3, 2020

Closed on

De­cem­ber 24, 25, and 31, 2019 and Jan­uary 1, 2020


Pro­gram 2020

You can find an overview of all ex­hi­bi­tions of 2020 here



11/16/2019 – 3/1/2020

Born in 1972, the Amer­i­can artist Wade Guy­ton has cre­at­ed a con­sis­tent and dist­inct oeu­vre for more than two de­cades. He is best known for his large-scale can­vas paint­in­gs made with a con­ven­tio­n­al ink­jet prin­t­er, fea­tur­ing me­m­orable sub­jects such as flames, the let­ters X and U, and the New York Times web­site. Af­ter ac­quir­ing sev­er­al of the artist’s works for the col­lec­tion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is host­ing a ma­jor sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion that will pre­sent his oeu­vre from the be­gin­n­ing of his ca­reer to his most re­cent works.


HI­ER UND JET­ZT im Mu­se­um Lud­wig

21.9.2019 – 19.1.2020

Die Auss­tel­lung Tran­s­cor­po­re­al­i­ties re­flek­tiert das Mu­se­um als durch­läs­si­gen Kör­p­er, in dem ver­schie­dene bi­ol­o­gische, soziale, tech­nol­o­gische, poli­tische und wirtschaftliche Sys­teme in­ei­nan­der­fließen. Wie alle men­sch­lichen und nicht­men­sch­lichen Re­al­itäten befin­d­et es sich in steti­gen Stof­fwech­sel­prozessen mit sein­er Umwelt. Vor die­sem Hor­i­zont wird der Tran­si­traum des Ein­gangs­foy­ers zum Auss­tel­lungs- und Ve­r­an­s­tal­tung­sort. Hi­er wie auch in der Samm­lung stellen die Kün­stler*in­nen Fra­gen nach Verkör­pe­rung, Sicht­barkeit und Zugänglichkeit: Was wird dem Kör­p­er ein- und zugeschrieben? Wer schaut auf wen? Museen sind soziale Orte der Bil­dung, die Ma­terie und Be­deu­tung schaf­fen, doch wo lie­gen die Möglichkeit­en und Grenzen der Repräsen­ta­tion von Kör­per­lichkeit?


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.

Im­age and Coun­ter-Im­age
Re­vis­ing the Col­lec­tion

11/2/2019 – 3/1/2020

Ot­­to Mueller’s Zwei Zige­un­er­in­­nen** mit Katze (Two Gyp­sy** Girls with a Cat, 1926/27) is one of the best-known pain­t­ings in the col­lec­­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. It takes a per­spec­­tive that has been cus­­to­­mary in West­­ern so­­ci­eties for cen­­turies: the view of Sin­ti and Ro­ma wo­m­en as the ul­ti­­mate other, ex­ot­i­­cal­­ly femi­­nine, an­i­­mal­is­ti­­cal­­ly tan­­tal­iz­ing, con­­trast­ing with civ­i­l­iza­­­tion and as ig­no­rant of its achieve­­ments as of its con­s­­traints. This per­spec­­tive—and that of mod­­ern-day view­ers of the pain­t­ing—has been able to re­­tain a cer­­tain in­­no­­cence in part be­­cause Mueller’s art was banned by the Nazis and the Ger­­man geno­­cide of the Sin­ti and Ro­­ma peo­­ple made Mueller’s well-mean­ing ex­oti­­ciza­­­tion seem com­­par­a­­tive­­ly har­m­­less. With a new pre­sen­­ta­­tion in the per­­ma­­nent ex­hi­bi­­tion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will now in­­ter­vene in this view and re­lieve it of its sup­­posed in­­no­­cence.

Installation view "Lucia Moholy: Writing Photography's History"


Lu­cia Mo­ho­ly
Writ­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy's His­to­ry

Pho­tog­ra­phy Room Pre­sen­ta­tion

10/12/2019 – 2/2/2020

On the oc­ca­sion of the Bauhaus an­niv­er­sary, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is ded­i­cat­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion in the pho­tog­ra­phy room to the pho­to­g­ra­pher and his­to­rian of pho­tog­ra­phy Lu­cia Mo­ho­ly. In ad­di­tion to her pho­to­graphs, let­ters from the Mu­se­um Lud­wig archives will be pre­sent­ed. Mo­ho­ly pub­lished A Hun­dred Years of Pho­tog­ra­phy: 1839–1939&nb­sp;in Lon­don in 1939, a book that rewrote pho­tog­ra­phy's his­to­ry.


On­line Tick­et

Avoid the line and book your tick­et on­line in ad­vance. It con­tains a public tran­s­port tick­et (VRS) and is valid for three years af­ter purchase.

Vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion

Will you be vis­it­ing with a school class?

Ad­mis­sion is free for all stu­dents (from all coun­tries, and all ages) and two teach­ers per class. Please reg­is­ter in ad­vance by e-mail with the book­ing team of the Mu­se­ums­di­enst (ser­­se­ums­di­en­st@s­


Are you in­ter­est­ed in a guid­ed tour?

Whether for a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion or the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, here you can book a pri­vate tour (in any lan­guage) and check the sche­d­ule for our public tours.


Late Night Thurs­day

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

There are days that are just dif­fer­­ent from others: more in­­ter­est­ing, more en­joy­able, more ex­c­it­ing. En­joy live con­certs, cabaret, artist talks, tours, kunst:dialoge, the­ater, read­­ings, dance, film, and per­­for­­mances.