The Col­lec­tion

Image Collection Online

Col­lec­tion On­line

Get to the sci­en­tif­ic database to re­search the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig here (opens in new win­dow). more

The Photographic Collection

The Pho­to­graph­ic Col­lec­tion

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­serves one of Eu­rope’s largest and most sig­ni­f­i­cant col­lec­tions of nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry pho­tog­ra­phy. more

Col­lec­tion of Con­tem­po­rary Art

The con­tem­po­rary art in the stair­well and on the base­­ment lev­­el forms the back­­bone and foun­­da­­tion of the mu­se­um, look­ing in­­­to the past and the fu­­ture. more

Currently on View

Cur­rent­ly on View

Which art­works and col­lec­tion ar­eas are cur­rent­ly on view? You’ll find an overview here. more

The Mu­se­um

Photo Entrance of the Museum Ludwig


On Fe­bruary 5, 1976 Peter and Irene Lud­wig and the Ci­ty of Cologne signed a do­na­tion con­tract found­ing the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. more

Team Photo


An overview of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig’s staff of em­ploy­ees. more


Photo Research


Along with col­lect­ing, pre­sent­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, and pro­vid­ing art ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and preser­va­tion are the cen­tral tasks of a mu­se­um. more



Pre­serv­ing the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions is the task of our conser­va­tion work­shop. more

Art and Museum Library

Art and Mu­se­um Li­brary

The Kunst- und Mu­se­ums­bi­blio­thek (Art and Mu­se­um Li­brary) is one of the largest public li­braries for mod­ern art and pho­tog­ra­phy in the world. more

Re­cent Publi­ca­tions



On the oc­ca­sion of this ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pub­lished a ca­t­a­logue rai­son­né of the artist's so­lo ex­hi­bi­tions with il­lus­tra­tions of all the works on view, ac­com­panied by short texts and room lay­outs: WADE GUY­TON MCMX­CIX–MMX­IX ZWEI DEKA­DEN MU­SE­UM LUD­WIG, with texts by Jo­han­na Bur­ton, Michelle Kuo, Ker­stin Stake­mei­er, and a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Yil­maz Dziewior and Wade Guy­ton, 584 pages, around 1,900 col­or il­lus­tra­tions, 24.8 × 29.2 cm, in Ger­man and En­glish, Ver­lag der Buch­hand­lung Walther König, Cologne, 65 eu­ros (re­tail price), 54 eu­ros (mu­se­um price). more

Cover of the catalogue Family Ties: The Schröder Donation

Fam­i­ly Ties: The Schröder Do­na­tion


Fam­i­ly, kin, clan, clique, co­terie, fan­dom, elec­tive affini­ty, al­liance, col­lab­o­ra­tion, net­work. Th­ese forms of so­cial struc­tures are re­flect­ed in the ma­te­rials as­sem­bled in this ca­t­a­logue: in­vi­ta­tion cards, fly­ers, fanzines, jour­nals, and texts from the 1990s and 2000s. Doc­u­ments that are ar­ranged chrono­log­i­cal­ly on a time­line pro­vide an in­sight in­to the de­vel­op­ments of vi­su­al art at that time in Cologne and New York. Se­lect­ed his­tor­i­cal es­says and re­views re­flect vir­u­lent the­o­ret­i­cal de­bates; in­terspersed da­ta point to so­cio-po­lit­i­cal events and in­flu­en­tial ex­hi­bi­tions. more

Catalogue cover of Benjamin Katz. Berlin Havelhöhe, 1960/61

Ben­jamin Katz. Ber­lin Havel­höhe, 1960/61


An ex­hi­bi­­tion ca­t­a­­logue was pub­­lished by Hirmer Ver­lag. With texts by Yil­­maz Dziewior, Bar­bara En­gel­bach, and Ben­­jamin Katz, 160 pages, 73 il­lus­­tra­­tions, in Ger­­man and En­glish, €22 (re­­tail price), €20 (mu­se­um price). more