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.


Be­tye Saar - 2020 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize


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 from June 1 to Septem­ber 12, 2021 along with two etch­ings re­­cen­t­­ly ac­quired through the “Per­len­­such­er am Mu­se­um Lud­wig” in­i­­ti­a­­tive as well as a col­lage and an artist’s book. The film Be­­tye Saar: Tak­ing Care of Busi­­ness, which was pro­­duced by the Los An­ge­les Coun­­ty Mu­se­um of Art (LAC­­MA) for an ex­hi­bi­­tion there in 2019/2020, will al­­so be shown as part of the pre­sen­­ta­­tion.




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.