Pi­cas­so Shared and Di­vid­ed: The Artist and His Im­age in East and West Ger­many


What do we as­­so­­ci­ate with Pab­­lo Pi­­cas­­so? And what as­­so­­ci­a­­tions with him did the Ger­­man peo­­ple have in mind dur­ing the post-war years, when he was at the height of his fame? Far more than we do: This is the main idea of the ex­hi­bi­­tion, which re­veals a for­­got­ten breadth, ten­­sion, and pro­­duc­­tiv­i­­ty of th­ese ap­pro­pri­a­­tions. It deals not on­­ly with the artist, but with his au­di­ence, which in­­ter­pret­ed Pi­­cas­­so’s art in very dif­fer­­ent ways in the cap­i­­tal­ist West and in the so­­cial­ist East. The Ger­­man Pi­­cas­­so was di­vid­ed, but this di­vi­­sion al­­so sti­m­u­lat­ed the re­­cep­­tion: Be­­cause ev­ery­one ques­­tioned his art, it had some­thing to say for ev­ery­one.

Au­gust & Marta: How Au­gust San­der Pho­to­graphed the Pain­ter Mar­ta Hege­mann (and Her Chil­dren’s Room!)

Pho­tog­ra­phy room


With this pre­sen­­ta­­tion in the pho­­tog­ra­­phy room, we have at­temp­t­ed to make a 1929 chil­­dren’s room tan­gi­ble for vis­i­­tor for which Mar­­ta Hege­­mann had cre­at­ed sev­er­al wall pain­t­ings. Ex­­cept for pho­­to­­graphs tak­en by Au­­gust San­der, no traces of them have sur­­vived to­­day. Com­­ple­­men­t­ed by por­­traits and works on pa­per by Hege­­mann we try to of­fer in­­sight in­­­to her de­signs for the mu­rals, and young vis­i­­tors are ex­­plic­it­­ly in­­vit­ed to ex­­plore them.


Boaz Kaiz­man: Green Area


On the an­niver­sary year “2021: 1700 Years of Jew­­ish Life in Ger­­many,” the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has in­­vit­ed the artist Boaz Kaiz­­man (born in 1962 in Tel Aviv, has lived and worked in Cologne since 1993) to de­vel­op a new work. The video in­­s­­tal­la­­tion Grü­­nan­lage (Green Area) com­pris­es six­­teen new videos in sev­en large pro­­jec­­tions across two walls. It will be pre­sen­t­ed in the large ex­hi­bi­­tion hall at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig span­n­ing around 200 square me­ters.


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.