2024 Pro­gram

This is our 2024 ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram.


Roni Horn. Give Me Para­dox or Give Me Death

March 23 – Au­gust 11, 2024

Roni Horn: Give Me Para­dox or Give Me Death at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of the work of the in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­can artist Roni Horn (*1955 in New York), which will show the artist's out­s­tand­ing and di­verse oeu­vre from the be­gin­n­ing of her ca­reer in the late 1970s to the pre­sent day.

It ranges from prints, draw­in­gs and artist's books to sculp­ture and il­lus­tra­tion. This open­ness with re­spect to art re­flects a cen­tral idea in Horn’s work: ev­ery­thing in the world is sub­ject to change and might take on vari­ous con­di­tions and mean­in­gs. The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig ex­amines this idea fo­cus­ing on three sub­jects from her work: na­ture, iden­ti­ty, and lan­guage. The artist finds a key to the world in lit­er­a­ture and po­et­ry, in­clud­ing po­ems by Emi­ly Dickin­son. Horn’s im­age of na­ture is not ro­man­tic she de­picts it as both threat­en­ing and threat­ened. In pho­to­graph­ic se­ries and self­por­traits from vari­ous pe­ri­ods of her life, she ex­amines her own iden­ti­ty while ad­dress­ing an over­rid­ing pur­pos that af­fects ev­ery­one: find­ing one’s own place in the world, re­gard­less of so­cial norms and be­liefs.

Cu­ra­tor: Yil­maz Dziewior


April 27 – Novem­ber 10, 2024
Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

On May 19, 2024, Cologne pho­to­g­ra­pher Karl Heinz Hargesheimer (1924-1971) would have turned 100 years old. To mark the oc­ca­sion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is show­ing a se­lec­tion of his pho­to­graphs in the pho­to room. The pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cus­es on the 1950s and al­so in­cludes his less­er-known sculp­tures and ab­s­tract "light graph­ics".

Cu­ra­tor: Bar­bara En­gel­bach




Fluxus and Be­yond:
Ur­su­la Burghardt, Ben­jamin Pat­ter­son

Oc­to­ber 12, 2024 – Fe­bruary 9, 2025

The art of the Fluxus move­ment caught on in the 1960s through Hap­pen­in­gs, con­certs, per­for­mances, and spon­ta­neous ac­tions, great­ly in­flu­enc­ing sub­se­quent artists. While the Mu­se­um Lud­wig col­lec­tion con­tains pie­ces by Nam June Paik, Daniel Spo­er­ri, and Mary Bauermeis­ter that are now con­sid­ered true clas­sics, the works of sculp­tor Ur­su­la Burghardt and com­pos­er Ben­jamin Pat­ter­son, who were both part of the Fluxus cir­cle, are less known. This ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig takes a meet­ing be­tween Burghardt and Pat­ter­son in Cologne in 1960 as a start­ing point to fur­ther ex­amine their work and the com­plex ar­tis­tic net­works and col­lab­o­ra­tions in which both par­ti­ci­pat­ed. The breaks in their ca­reers, which came about due to ar­tis­tic and so­cial rea­sons, are par­tic­u­lar­ly strik­ing. The ex­pe­ri­ence of ex­clu­sion that both ex­pe­ri­enced due to their bi­o­gra­phies—Burghardt, who was Jew­ish, left Ger­many to es­cape the Nazis and re­turned af­ter the war, while Pat­ter­son was an Afri­can Amer­i­can mu­si­cian and artist in the Unit­ed States—is in­scribed in their works with­out be­com­ing the over­rid­ing sub­ject.

Cu­ra­tor: Bar­bara En­gel­bach

Schultze Pro­jects #4: Kre­si­ah Muk­wazhi

Septem­ber 20, 2024 – Au­gust 22, 2027

Ev­ery two to three years, Mu­se­um Lud­wig in­vites an artist to re­de­sign the largest wall in the mu­se­um, the front wall in the main stair­way. For this task in the Schultze Pro­jects se­ries, artist Kre­si­ah Muk­wazhi (b. 1992 in Harare, Zim­bab­we) will cre­ate a new mu­ral. Muk­wazhi fre­quent­ly works with scraps of used cloth­ing or cloth that she sews to­gether and then paints with scenes of pa­triarchal vi­o­lence against wo­m­en in her home coun­try. For her, art is a form of protest, self-em­pow­er­ment, and a start­ing point for heal­ing. The Schultze Pro­jects se­ries hon­ors In­formel pain­ter Ber­nard Schultze and his part­n­er, Ur­su­la Schultze-Bluhm.

Cu­ra­tor: Yil­maz Dziewior

Sees­capes: Al­fred Ehrhardt and El­friede Stege­mey­er

Novem­ber 30, 2024 – April 27, 2025
Pre­sen­ta­tion in the Pho­tog­ra­phy Room

In a dou­ble pre­sen­ta­tion, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig is show­ing new­ly ac­quired pho­to­graphs by El­friede Stege­mey­er (1908-1988) in dia­logue with pho­to­graphs by Al­fred Ehrhardt (1901-1984).

Cu­ra­tor: Miri­am Szwast



2024 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize: An­na Boghiguian

Novem­ber 8, 2024 – March 30, 2025

An­na Boghiguian (born 1946 in Cairo) will be award­ed the 30th Wolf­gang Hahn Prize of the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst at Mu­se­um Lud­wig.

The Egyp­tian-Ca­na­dian artist of Ar­me­nian ori­gin has pre­sent­ed one of the most exc­it­ing po­si­tions in con­tem­po­rary art since her par­ti­ci­pa­tion in the Bi­en­nials of Is­tan­bul in 2009 and of Shar­jah in 2011 and in dOC­U­MEN­TA 13 in 2012. She is known for her fig­u­ra­tive mu­rals, (note)books, draw­in­gs, paint­in­gs, pho­to­graphs, and sculp­tures, as well as some spec­tac­u­lar large-scale in­s­tal­la­tions. Boghiguian's work is of­ten spon­ta­neous and fre­quent­ly cre­at­ed on lo­ca­tion. She is con­sid­ered a per­cep­tive ob­serv­er of the hu­man con­di­tion and con­veys an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of con­tem­po­rary life in which her con­tent os­cil­lates ex­treme­ly clev­er­ly be­tween past and pre­sent, po­et­ry and politics, his­to­ry and lit­er­a­ture. Her art­works cele­brate a glob­al­ly unit­ed hu­mani­ty and fo­cus on the af­ter­math of his­tor­i­cal events and their con­flicts in or­der to iden­ti­fy op­tions for the fu­ture through an ar­tis­tic reap­praisal.

Cu­ra­tor: Yil­maz Dziewior