2018 Pro­gram

Th­ese are our up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tions in 2018.

Find out all about our pre­vi­ous ex­hi­bi­tions here.


Haegue Yang
2018 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize

April 18 – Au­gust 12, 2018

In 2018, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig will award the Wolf­gang Hahn Prize to Haegue Yang (*1971 in Seoul, lives in Ber­lin and Seoul). To mark the oc­ca­sion, the mu­se­um is or­ganiz­ing the Ko­re­an artist’s first ma­jor sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion. More than one hun­dred works span­n­ing from 1994 to the pre­sent will il­lu­mi­nate the di­ver­si­ty of her oeu­vre, from her ear­ly ob­jects re­mi­nis­cent of Fluxus in the 1990s to lac­quer paint­in­gs, pho­to­graphs, works on pa­per, videos, sculp­tures, per­for­mance works, and large-scale in­s­tal­la­tions.


Do­ing the Doc­u­ment
Pho­to­graphs from Diane Ar­bus to Pi­et Zwart
The Barten­bach Do­na­tion

Au­gust 31, 2018 – Jan­uary 6, 2019

Diane Ar­bus, Walk­er Evans, Lee Fried­lan­der, Au­gust San­der, Ta­ta Ronkholz, Al­bert Renger-Patzsch, Pi­et Zwart, and twelve other pho­to­g­ra­phers all share a doc­u­men­tary and ar­tis­tic ap­proach, which will be pre­sent­ed and si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly ques­tioned in Do­ing the Doc­u­ment. Where does the doc­u­ment end and the ar­tis­tic ges­ture be­gin? This is a ques­tion that must be rene­go­ti­at­ed in th­ese post-fac­tu­al times amid the in­creas­ing aes­theti­ciza­tion of archi­val and doc­u­men­tary ma­te­rials in con­tem­po­rary art.&nb­sp;The ex­hi­bi­tion is the re­sult of a do­na­tion of more than 200 works by Ger­man and Amer­i­can pho­to­g­ra­phers from the Barten­bach fam­i­ly of Cologne, which re­cent­ly ex­pand­ed our col­lec­tion con­sid­er­ab­ly.


Gabriele Mün­ter
Paint­ing to the Point

Septem­ber 15, 2018 – Jan­uary 13, 2019

Gabriele Mün­ter (1877–1962) was a cen­tral fig­ure of Ger­man Ex­pres­sion­ism and the artist group Der Blaue Re­it­er, which was found­ed at Mün­ter’s house in Mur­nau. Her role as a ded­i­cat­ed pro­po­nent, me­di­a­tor, and long­time com­panion of Wass­i­ly Kandin­sky is well known and rec­og­nized. This ex­hi­bi­tion de­mon­s­trates Gabriele Mün­ter’s im­por­tance and in­de­pen­dence as a pain­ter: with more than one hun­dred paint­in­gs, in­clud­ing works from her es­tate that will be pre­sent­ed to the public for the first time, it will of­fer a new look at this strong artist. Mün­ter is one of the few wo­m­en who played an ear­ly role in de­vel­op­ing mod­er­nism. Her open­ness and willing­ness to ex­per­i­ment as a pain­ter, pho­to­g­ra­pher, and graph­ic artist will now be pre­sent­ed in de­tail for the first time.


Black Pow­er – Flow­er Pow­er
Pho­to­graphs by Pirk­le Jones and Ruth-Mari­on Baruch

Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

Fe­bruary 3 – June 3, 2018

On the fifti­eth an­niv­er­sary of the death of Martin Luther King, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is ex­hi­b­it­ing the works of the pho­to­g­ra­phers Pirk­le Jones and Ruth-Mari­on Baruch, who cap­tured San Fran­cis­co in the tur­bu­lent 1960s with sym­pa­thy and ob­serv­ing dis­tance. It was a time when, par­tic­u­lar­ly on the West Coast of the Unit­ed States, the vari­ous strands of the civ­il rights move­ment and coun­ter­cul­ture came to­gether, in which the Black Pan­thers emerged and hip­pies ex­per­i­ment­ed with new ways of liv­ing and work­ing in the Haight-Ash­bury dis­trict.


Pho­to­g­ra­pher’s Name:
Aenne Bier­mann

Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

June 16 – Septem­ber 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. Her es­tate re­mains lost to this day, and on­ly a few in­sti­tu­tions hold orig­i­nal prints by Bi­er­mann. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig will now pre­sent its full col­lec­tion of over twen­ty of Bi­er­mann’s pho­to­graphs for the first time.


Alexan­der von Hum­boldt: Pho­tog­ra­phy and Le­ga­cy

Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

Oc­to­ber 13, 2018 – Fe­bruary 3, 2019

The year 2019 will mark the 250th an­niv­er­sary of the birth of Alex­an­der von Hum­boldt. Hum­boldt, who was well trav­eled and con­nect­ed, was not on­ly a mem­ber of the com­mis­sion that vot­ed for the world­wide publi­ca­tion of one of the first pho­to­graph­ic pro­cess­es in 1839. He was al­so sub­se­quent­ly giv­en pho­to al­bums that are now valu­able and sin­gu­lar works. Th­ese in­clude an al­bum from 1844 that the in­ven­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy on pa­per, W. H. F. Tal­bot, ded­i­cat­ed to Hum­boldt—one of the first pho­to books ev­er. In 1858 Hum­boldt re­ceived a large al­bum from Paul de Rosti with pho­tos from Mex­i­co and Venezuela in me­m­o­ry of his trav­els in South Amer­i­ca. Their his­to­ry and their jour­ney to the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig will be re­con­struct­ed, of­fer­ing a look back at the ear­ly days of pho­tog­ra­phy.