Map­ping the Col­lec­tion

6/20/2020 – 10/11/2020

The ex­hi­bi­tion Map­ping the Col­lec­tion takes a new look at two in­flu­en­tial de­cades in Amer­i­can (art) his­to­ry: the 1960s and 1970s. The ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sents a se­lec­tion of art­works from the Mu­se­um Lud­wig’s col­lec­tion by fe­male, queer, and in­dige­nous artists as well as artists of col­or who are not rep­re­sent­ed in the col­lec­tion, as an im­pe­tus for a broad­er re­cep­tion of Amer­i­can art. more

Joachim Brohm: Ruhr Land­s­capes, 1981-83

6/27/2020 – 9/27/2020

In 2006, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig ac­quired eleven works from the se­ries Ruhr­land­schaften (Ruhr Land­s­capes) by Joachim Brohm (*1955) from be­tween 1981 and 1983. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed th­ese pho­to­graphs in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room. more

HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Dy­nam­ic Spaces

6/6/2020 – 8/30/2020

For the ex­hi­bi­­tion “HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Dy­­nam­ic Spaces”, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig col­lab­o­rat­ed with the plat­­form Con­tem­po­rary And (C&). Found­ed by Ju­lia Grosse and Yvette Mu­­tum­­ba, C& sees it­­self as “a dy­­nam­ic space for is­­sues and in­­­for­­ma­­tion on con­tem­po­rary art from Afri­­ca and its Glob­al Di­as­po­ra. more

Si­lent Ruins
F. A. Op­pen­heim Pho­to­graphs An­tiqui­ty

2/15/2020 – 6/14/2020

The pho­to al­bum “A­the­nien­­sische Al­terthümer” by Fe­lix Alex­an­der Op­pen­heim was ex­hi­b­it­ed for the first time, thus re­veal­ing a mo­­ment in his­­to­ry when the en­thu­si­asm for an­­tiqui­­ty, ear­­ly arche­ol­o­­gy, the politics of sym­bols in Greece, and the strug­­gle for right­­ful own­er­­ship cre­at­ed a con­­text rich in words and im­ages for th­ese si­­lent ruins. more


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. Af­ter ac­quir­ing sev­er­al of the artist’s works for the col­lec­tion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is host­ing a ma­jor sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion. more


Fam­i­ly Ties
The Schröder Do­na­tion


In the 1990s a new art scene be­­gan to form in Cologne. Alex­an­der Schröder fol­lowed th­ese de­vel­op­­ments from Ber­lin, and be­­gan col­lec­t­ing art from the 1990s and 2000s with his spe­­cial eye. more

Schultze Pro­­jects #1
Wade Guy­­ton


In 2017 the Mu­se­um Lud­wig launched a new pro­­ject se­ries en­ti­­tled "Schultze Pro­­jects" with a five-part work by Wade Guy­­ton cre­at­ed es­­pe­­cial­­ly for this oc­­ca­­sion. more

Ben­jamin Katz: Ber­lin Havel­höhe, 1960/1961


On the oc­­ca­­sion of the 80th birth­­day of Ben­­jamin Katz the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed his se­ries of pho­­to­­graphs "Ber­lin Havel­höhe (1960/1961)", which has nev­er be­­fore been shown in its en­tire­­ty. The pho­­to­­graphs rep­re­sent a so­­cio-his­­tor­i­­cal as well as an ar­tis­tic and per­­so­n­al doc­u­­ment, since they re­­cord Katz’s be­gin­n­ings as a pho­­to­g­ra­pher. more

Fio­na Tan. GAAF

5/4 – 8/11/2019

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig in­­vit­ed the artist and film­­mak­er Fio­­na Tan to re­al­ize an ex­hi­bi­­tion pro­­ject with the mu­se­um’s pho­­tog­ra­­phy col­lec­­tion as the start­ing point. more

Jac Leirn­er
2019 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize

4/10 – 8/25/2019

In 2019, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig rec­og­nized Jac Leirn­er with the 25th edi­tion of the Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize. The Brazilian artist has been pur­­su­ing a sub­­­tle anal­y­­sis of so­­cial and rep­re­sen­­ta­­tio­n­al sys­tems for many years. more

Nil Yal­ter
Ex­ile Is a Hard Job

3/9 – 6/2/2019

Since the 1970s, Nil Yal­ter has been work­ing as a pi­oneer of so­­cial­­ly en­­gaged and tech­ni­­cal­­ly ad­­vanced art.The Mu­se­um Lud­wig will host­ed the Turk­ish artist’s first ma­jor sur­vey ex­hi­bi­­tion. more

Alexan­der von Hum­boldt
Pho­tog­ra­phy and Le­ga­cy

10/13/2018 – 2/10/2019

The year 2019 will mark the 250th an­niver­sary of the birth of Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt (1769–1859). The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is tak­ing this an­niver­sary as an oc­­ca­­sion to trace Hum­boldt’s con­nec­­tion to pho­­tog­ra­­phy. more

Gabriele Mün­ter
Paint­ing to the Point

9/15/2018 – 1/13/2019

Her role as a ded­i­­cat­ed pro­po­­nent, me­di­a­­tor, and long­­time com­­panion of Wass­i­­ly Kand­in­sky is well known and rec­og­nized. This ex­hi­bi­­tion de­­mon­s­­trat­ed Gabriele Mün­ter’s im­­por­­tance and in­­de­pen­­dence as a pain­ter. more


Pho­to­g­ra­pher's Name
Aenne Bier­mann

6/16 – 9/30/2018

Aenne Bi­er­­mann (1898–1933) took pho­­to­­graphs of her im­me­di­ate sur­round­in­gs from 1925 un­til her ear­­ly death, and this body of work helped shape mod­­er­nist pho­­tog­ra­­phy. more

Wern­er Mantz
Ar­chi­tec­tures and Peo­ple

10/14/2017 – 1/21/2018

Wern­er Mantz is known as one of the most promi­nent pho­to­g­ra­phers of the Neues Bauen move­ment of mod­er­nist ar­chi­tec­ture in Cologne dur­ing the 1920s. In a se­cond cre­a­tive pe­ri­od he re­turned to por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. . more


Ger­hard Richter: New Paint­ings


The ex­hi­bi­­tion Ger­hard Richter: New Paint­ings pre­sent­ed new ab­s­­tract pain­t­in­gs cre­at­ed in 2016 along­­side works from the col­lec­­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig by Richter more

Ot­to Fre­undlich: Cos­mic Com­mu­nism


In a big ret­ro­spec­tive, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed one of the most orig­i­nal ab­s­tract artists of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry: Ot­to Fre­undlich (1878–1943) more

Tr­isha Don­nel­ly: 2017 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize


The Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed the 2017 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize to Tr­isha Don­nel­­ly. With this prize, the or­­gani­za­­­tion rec­og­nized the ex­­traor­d­i­­nary oeu­vre of the artist more

Art in­to Life! Col­lec­tor Wolf­gang Hahn and the 60s


In the 1960s, the Rhine­­land al­ready was an im­­por­­tant cen­ter for a rev­o­lu­­tio­­nary oc­cur­rence in art. In touch with the lat­est trends of this ex­c­it­ing pe­ri­od, Wolf­­gang Hahn (1924–1987) be­­gan ac­quir­ing this new art and cre­at­ed a mul­ti­­facet­ed col­lec­­tion more


Fer­nand Léger: Paint­ing in Space


The first ret­ro­spec­­tive that fo­­cus­es on Fer­­­nand Léger’s mu­rals, cast­ing a new light on one of the most di­­verse and in­­flu­en­­tial artists of mod­­er­nism. more


Bernard Schultze

Ber­nard Schultze. A Cen­ten­nial Ex­hi­bi­tion


Ber­­nard Schultze (1915–2005) was a lead­­ing ex­po­­nent of ges­­tu­ral ab­s­­tract pain­t­ing in Eu­­rope. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pay­ing ho­­mage to him on the cen­ten­­nial of his birth. more

Danh Võ, We the People, Armpit, 2011-2013, installation view, Museum Ludwig Köln © Danh Vo

Danh Võ. Ydob eht ni mraw si ti


The Viet­namese artist Danh Võ is pre­sent­ing his most well-known long-term pro­ject 'We The Peo­ple', amongst other works more

Al­i­bis: Sig­mar Polke.


For the first time, all the me­­dia with which the artist en­­gaged in­­ten­­sive­­ly through­out his ca­reer are brought to­gether in one ex­hi­bi­­tion, with works dat­ing from 1963 through 2010. more


In­tractable and Un­tamed: Doc­u­men­tary Pho­tog­ra­phy around 1979


The ex­hi­bi­tion shows works by 15 artists who fol­lowed a doc­u­men­tary ap­proach in their pho­tog­ra­phy in the so-called cri­sis de­cades af­ter 1979 more

Os­car Tu­a­zon.
Alone in an emp­ty room


Os­car Tu­a­zon has re­al­ized a site-spe­cif­ic in­s­tal­la­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, re­buld­ing parts of a pri­vate home in­side the mu­se­um's wide open stair­case more

Pierre Huyghe


Pierre Huyghe has trans­formed the ex­hi­bi­tion space in­to a whole world of its own, bring­ing to­gether liv­ing sys­tems, ob­­jects, films, pho­­to­­graphs, draw­ings, and mu­sic more

Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln/Museum Ludwig/Britta Schlier



Peter and Irene Lud­wig brought Pop Art to Ger­­many. The ex­hi­bi­tion brings it to­gether in a large sur­vey ex­hi­bi­­tion with works from the other Lud­wig Mu­se­ums around the world more

An­drea Bütt­n­er. 2


2 – the ti­tle is the agen­da. The largest room in the mu­se­um is di­vid­ed in­to two parts, one light and the other dark, show­ing re­cent works range­ing from prints, wood­cuts, phot­graphs, to a large-scale video-in­s­tal­la­tion more


© Jo Baer, photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Britta Schlier

Jo Baer


From 24 May through 25 Au­gust 2013, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig show­cased - as the first ev­er Ger­man in­sti­tu­tion to do so - the US Amer­i­can artist Jo Baer (b.1929 in Seat­tle, lives since 1984 in Am­s­ter­dam) in a so­lo ex­hi­bi­tion more

© Shady Lane Productions, Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Britta Schlier

Phil Collins. In ev­ery dream home a hear­tache


At the heart of Phil Collins' work is the in­di­vi­d­u­al in our me­dia so­ci­e­ty. A new com­pre­hen­sive pro­ject has been cre­at­ed es­pe­cial­ly for the Mu­se­um Lud­wig more

©  The Saul Steinberg Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Leon Sinowenka

Saul Stein­berg. The Amer­i­cans


The Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sents the com­plete mu­ral-col­lage cre­at­ed by Saul Stein­berg for EX­PO 58 in Brus­sels for the first time since its en­tire­ty more


Abbildung Kriwet



Graph­ic works and au­dio plays by Ger­man artist Fer­d­i­nand Kri­wet more

Abbildung Vor dem Gesetz

Be­fore the Law


The para­ble “Be­fore the Law” by Franz Kaf­ka (1915) serves as a guid­ing mo­tif for this ex­hi­bi­tion idea more

Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Peter Kunz

In Me­m­o­ry of Irene Lud­wig


On the oc­ca­sion of the first an­niver­sary of her pass­ing, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has in­s­talled a room with works from the pri­vate resi­dence of Peter and Irene Lud­wig more

© Cosima von Bonin,  Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin Foto: Lothar Schnepf

Cosi­ma von Bonin


The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sent­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of the artist Cosi­ma von Bonin, which will de­vel­op as a 'Work in Progress' in four Eu­ro­pean ci­ties more