2020 Pro­gram

This is our 2020 ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram:

Ex­hi­bi­tion

Blinky Paler­mo: The Com­plete Edi­tions
Ul­rich Rein­ing­haus Do­na­tion

1/18/2020 – 5/3/2020

Peter Heis­terkamp (1943–1977), whose artist’s name was tak­en from the ma­fio­so Frank “Blinky” Paler­mo, is known for his large fab­ric and me­t­al pic­tures as well as his ob­jects and in­s­tal­la­tions. Less well known yet no less in­ter­est­ing are works he cre­at­ed in edi­tions: screen prints and off­set prints, litho­graphs, ob­jects, and a tem­plate for paint­ing. They not on­ly re­flect Paler­mo’s de­vel­op­ment from the 1960s to his ear­ly death in 1977, but al­so show how the artist de­lib­er­ate­ly ex­pand­ed his work with the pos­si­bil­i­ties of re­pro­duc­tion. Thanks to a do­na­tion from the Cologne col­lec­tor Ul­rich Rein­ing­haus, since 2018 the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has had all of Paler­mo’s edi­tions. They will now be pre­sent­ed for the first time and will un­der­go a scho­lar­ly re­view.

Cu­ra­tor: Ju­lia Frie­drich
#M­LxBlinky­Paler­mo

Be­tye Saar
2020 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize

4/22/2020 – 7/26/2020

Be­tye Saar will be award­ed the twen­ty-sixth Wolf­gang Hahn Prize from the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst. This recog­ni­tion of the artist, who was born in Los An­ge­les in 1926 and is still lit­tle known in Ger­many, is high­ly time­ly, the ju­ry con­sist­ing of Yil­maz Dziewior, di­rec­tor of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig; Chris­tophe Ch­er­ix, Robert Leh­man Foun­da­tion chief cu­ra­tor of draw­in­gs and prints at the Mu­se­um of Mod­ern Art (Mo­MA) in New York; and the board mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion de­cid­ed. Be­tye Saar has been cre­at­ing as­sem­blages from a wide va­ri­e­ty of found ob­jects, which she com­bines with draw­ing, prints, paint­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Guest ju­ror Chris­tophe Ch­er­ix on Be­tye Saar: “Be­tye Saar’s work oc­cu­pies a piv­o­tal po­si­tion in Amer­i­can art. Her as­sem­blages from the 1960s and ear­ly 1970s in­ter­weave is­sues of race, politics, and su­per­na­t­u­ral be­lief sys­tems with her per­so­n­al his­to­ry. Hav­ing grown up in a ra­cial­ly se­g­re­gat­ed so­ci­e­ty, Saar has long held that art can tran­s­cend our dark­est mo­ments and deep­est fears. To­day, the emer­gence of a new gen­er­a­tion of artists min­ing her poig­nant le­ga­cy attests to how pro­found­ly Saar has changed the course of Amer­i­can art. The 2020 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize not on­ly ac­knowl­edges her ex­traor­d­i­nary achieve­ments and in­fluence, but al­so rec­og­nizes the need to re­vis­it how the his­to­ry of art in re­cent de­cades has been writ­ten.”

#M­Lx­Be­tye­Saar #WH­P2020

Map­ping the Col­lec­tion

4/25/2020 – 8/23/2020

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 re­act­ed to the so­cial de­vel­op­ments and up­hea­vals of th­ese de­cades—and what ideas about art from this time have shaped our me­m­o­ry. Based on so­cial de­vel­op­ments such as the civ­il rights move­ment in the Unit­ed States, the Chi­ca­co Move­ment, gay lib­er­a­tion, and the strug­gle for in­dige­nous rights, which shaped th­ese two in­fluen­tial de­cades, the ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sents art­works from the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig along­side those by artists of in­dige­nous, Afri­can-Amer­i­can, and Latin-Amer­i­can ori­gins who are not yet rep­re­sent­ed in the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The re­sult is a com­plex and sur­pris­ing view of Amer­i­can twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry art. At the same time, „Map­ping the Col­lec­tion“ rais­es ques­tions about rep­re­sen­ta­tion and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion that are as rel­e­vant to­day as they were then—in the Unit­ed States and in Ger­many. The ex­hi­bi­tion evolved out of a re­search pro­ject ini­ti­at­ed in 2018 by the Mu­se­um Lud­wig with sup­port from the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art. Over the course of two years, the pro­ject ex­amines the col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can art with re­gard to post­co­lo­nial and co­lo­nial, fe­mi­n­ist, queer, and gen­der-the­o­ret­i­cal is­sues.

Cu­ra­tor: Jan­ice Mitchell
#map­pingthe­col­lec­tion

HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig:
Dy­nam­ic Spaces

6/6/2020 – 8/30/2020

Artists: Con­tem­po­rary And, The Nest Col­lec­tive, CUSS & Vukani Nde­bele, Nkiru­ka Oparah, Fri­da Oru­pabo

For the sixth ex­hi­bi­tion in the se­ries “HERE AND NOW at Mu­se­um Lud­wig”, the mu­se­um is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the art mag­azine “Con­tem­po­rary And” (C&). Found­ed by Yvette Mu­tum­ba and Ju­lia Grosse, C& sees it­self as “a dy­nam­ic space for is­sues and in­for­ma­tion on con­tem­po­rary art from Afri­ca and its Glob­al Di­as­po­ra.” The mul­ti­lin­gual web­site is a hub for di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties, and a print­ed mag­azine is pub­lished twice a year. At the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, the long-term pro­ject “C& Cen­ter of Unfin­ished Busi­ness” will be the fo­cus of the ex­hi­bi­tion. It is a par­ti­ci­pa­to­ry li­brary that us­es videos and publi­ca­tions to make the traces of co­lo­nial pow­er re­la­tions and their ef­fects up to the pre­sent day vis­i­ble.

The Cologne ver­sion of the “C& Cen­ter of Unfin­ished Busi­ness” is based on its lo­ca­tion. The li­brary ar­chi­tec­ture de­vel­oped for the mu­se­um space brings to­gether C&’s own col­lec­tion and publi­ca­tions from the Kunst- und Mu­se­ums­bi­blio­thek Köln se­lect­ed by C&. The pro­ject thus cre­ates dy­nam­ic con­nec­tions to the mu­se­um, its lo­ca­tion, and its vis­i­tors. The ex­hi­bi­tion al­so in­cludes video works by Afri­can artist col­lec­tives from the se­ries “C& Com­mis­sions” as well as works by artists from the Afri­can Di­as­po­ra. Th­ese, too, open up dy­nam­ic spaces full of im­ages that deal with cur­rent ex­pe­ri­ences of black iden­ti­ty, re­veal ex­clu­sio­nary per­spec­tives, and of­fer new de­signs against stereo­typ­i­cal ideas.

Cu­ra­tor: Rom­i­na Düm­ler
#HIERUND­JET­ZT #dy­namisch­er­aeume

 

 

Ex­hi­bi­tion

Rus­sian Avant-Garde at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig:
Orig­i­nal and Fake

9/26/2020 – 1/3/2021

Af­ter a long pe­ri­od dur­ing 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, writ­ing off works from their col­lec­tions. With a con­cen­trat­ed stu­dio ex­hi­bi­tion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is al­so pos­ing ques­tions about au­then­tic­i­ty us­ing the ex­am­ple of the Rus­sian avant-garde. In ad­di­tion to Pop Art and Pi­cas­so, this is one of the fo­cus­es of the mu­se­um’s col­lec­tion, with more than 800 works from the pe­ri­od be­tween 1905 and 1930, in­clud­ing some 100 paint­in­gs. For vari­ous rea­sons, works of ques­tion­able au­thor­ship have cont­in­u­al­ly found their way in­to pri­vate and in­sti­tu­tio­n­al col­lec­tions. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is al­so af­fect­ed and is cur­rent­ly in­vesti­gat­ing its col­lec­tion with the help of in­ter­na­tio­n­al scho­lars. The ex­hi­bi­tion will pre­sent the ini­tial find­in­gs as well as art-his­tor­i­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal meth­ods for mak­ing ar­tis­tic au­thor­ship or false at­tri­bu­tions rec­og­niz­able, with works by Na­talia Goncharo­va, Kli­ment Red­ko, Niko­lai Suetin, and other artists.

Cu­ra­tors: Ri­ta Ker­st­ing and Pe­tra Mandt
#o­rig­i­na­land­fake

Ex­hi­bi­tion

Andy Warhol: Now

10/10/2020 – 2/21/2021

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) cap­ti­vat­ed and po­larized peo­ple with his per­so­n­al­i­ty, and his art shaped an en­tire era. His mul­ti­facet­ed work re­defined the boun­daries of paint­ing, sculp­ture, film, and mu­sic. As a shy young man from a re­li­gious, work­ing-class mi­lieu, Warhol carved his own path in­to the art world, which was still dom­i­nat­ed by Ab­s­tract Ex­pres­sion­ism. In his ear­ly work, per­so­n­al, of­ten ho­moerot­ic draw­in­gs stood along­side com­mis­sions as a suc­cess­ful ad­ver­tis­ing il­lus­tra­tor, while his un­mis­tak­able screen prints made him the epi­t­ome of the new Pop Art move­ment. He had a life­long fas­ci­na­tion for pop­u­lar cul­ture. But just as his cele­bri­ty por­traits and Co­ca-Co­la bot­tles held a mir­ror to Amer­i­can so­ci­e­ty, Warhol stands for a di­verse, queer coun­ter­cul­ture that found its ex­pres­sion not least in his New York stu­dio, the Fac­to­ry. This ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion il­lu­mi­nates Warhol’s ex­pand­ed ar­tis­tic prac­tice against the back­drop of press­ing so­cial is­sues with over 100 works. Key works such as the Elvis Pres­ley se­ries and col­or­ful vari­a­tions of an elec­tric chair are rep­re­sent­ed as well as less well-known as­pects, which al­low for a cur­rent view of this artist of the cen­tu­ry in a time of po­lit­i­cal and cul­tu­r­al up­hea­vals. It al­so il­lu­mi­nates his de­vel­op­ment as the son of Rus­sian im­mi­grants in Pitts­burgh, which is re­flect­ed in a com­plex pro­cess­ing of re­li­gious themes and sub­jects, among other things.

Cu­ra­tors at Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Stephan Died­erich and Yil­maz Dziewior
For the Tate Mod­ern: Gre­gor Muir, Di­rec­tor of the Col­lec­tion of In­ter­na­tio­n­al Art, and Fion­tán Mo­ran, As­sis­tant Cu­ra­tor
#M­LxAndy­Warhol #warhol­now

Si­lent Ruins
F. A. Op­pen­heim Pho­to­graphs An­tiqui­ty

Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­toh­ra­phy Room

2/15/2020 – 6/14/2020

The ruins of the Acrop­o­lis ap­pear to stand si­lent­ly in Fe­lix Alex­an­der Op­pen­heim’s pho­to­graphs: no peo­ple are vis­i­ble. In 1854 the large-for­mat pic­ture book “A­the­nien­sische Al­terthümer” was pub­lished, of which the Mu­se­um Lud­wig holds one of two sur­viv­ing copies. The much-cit­ed “si­lent gran­deur” of the an­cient relics, as cap­tured by Op­pen­heim, does not ob­s­cure the traces of loot­ing and de­struc­tion, as well as archae­o­log­i­cal re­cov­ery. For in­s­tance, in his in­tro­duc­to­ry texts Op­pen­heim speaks of the “great mas­tery” of the an­cient sculp­tures, while al­so cit­ing “rum­mag­ing in for­eign coun­tries” and the “ab­duc­tion” of sculp­tures. Now the en­tire al­bum will be 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.

Cu­ra­tor: Miri­am Szwast
#M­Lx­Op­pen­heim #si­len­truins

Joachim Brohm
Ruhr Land­s­capes

Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

6/27/2020 – 9/27/2020

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sent­ing eleven works from the se­ries "Ruhr Land­s­capes" by Joachim Brohm (*1955), pho­to­graphed be­tween 1981 and 1983. In this ear­ly se­ries, Brohm al­ready shows his in­de­pen­dent pho­to­graph­ic po­si­tion, with which he opens up a new view of the re­gion be­yond the wide­spread stereo­typ­i­cal de­pic­tions of the Ruhr.

Brohm, who studied vi­su­al com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Folk­wangschule in Es­sen from 1977 to 1983, saw th­ese sub­jects as a doc­u­men­ta­tion of “the com­bi­na­tion of lei­sure of­fer­in­gs and the lei­sure in­dus­try.” He was in­spired by the new Amer­i­can doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy, which no longer de­pict­ed hero­ic ci­ties or sublime na­t­u­ral land­s­capes, but gas sta­tions, park­ing lots, sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods, mo­tels, and busi­ness parks in a na­t­u­ral land­s­cape changed by hu­man be­in­gs

Cu­ra­tor: Bar­bara En­gel­bach
#M­LxJoachim­Brohm #Ruhr­land­schaften

Sisi in Pri­vate
The Em­press’s Pho­to Al­bums

Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

10/24/2020 – 1/24/2021

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. They show the no­bil­i­ty—­many of them mem­bers of Sisi’s fam­i­ly—as well as cele­bri­ties and art­works. The most renowned are from her “al­bums of beau­ties,” high­ly staged por­traits of other wo­m­en. Sisi used th­ese pho­to­graphs to shape her own im­age dur­ing her months-long stays in Venice, Madei­ra, and Cor­fu. In th­ese years she ma­tured in­to a more en­er­get­ic, self-con­fi­dent fig­ure whose beau­ty be­came le­g­endary. In the late 1860s, at the age of 31, Sisi de­cid­ed not to be pho­to­graphed any­more. The pre­sen­ta­tion out­lines the con­nec­tions be­tween her al­most ob­ses­sive col­lect­ing of por­traits of wo­m­en and the im­age of her­self that she cre­at­ed.

Cu­ra­tor: Miri­am Szwast
#M­Lx­Sisi