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.


Map­ping the Col­lec­tion

June 20, 2020 – Oc­to­ber 10, 2020

Equal­i­­ty, in­­di­ge­­nous self-de­ter­mi­­na­­tion, wo­m­en’s rights, and Black Pow­er: the ex­hi­bi­­tion Map­ping the Col­lec­­tion takes a close look at the 1960s and 1970s in the Unit­ed States. It asks how artists have re­ac­t­ed to the so­­cial de­vel­op­­ments and up­­hea­­vals of th­ese de­­cades—and, con­­verse­­ly, what ideas about art from this time have shaped our me­m­o­ry. What im­age of Amer­i­­ca is rep­re­sen­t­ed here? What part did in­­di­ge­­nous artists, fe­­male artists, queer po­si­­tions, and artists of col­or play in the de­vel­op­­ment of art dur­ing this time?


Joachim Brohm: Ruhr Land­s­capes, 1981-83

June 27, 2020 – Septem­ber 27, 2020

In 2006, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig ac­quired eleven works from the se­ries Ruhr­land­schaften (Ruhr Land­s­capes) by Joachim Brohm (*1955) from be­tween 1981 and 1983. Start­ing on June 27, 2020, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will pre­sent th­ese pho­to­graphs in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room.


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.