Preview David Hockney. A Bigger Picture
Award Ceremony for Andrea Fraser, Winner of the Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize 2013

Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst
The patron's club of the Museum Ludwig

As the pa­tron’s as­so­ci­a­tion of the mu­se­um, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst helps fund the Mu­se­um Lud­wig’s ac­qui­si­tions, ex­hi­bi­tions, and pro­jects.

Since the as­so­ci­a­tion’s found­ing in 1985, en­gag­ing with mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art has been our defin­ing com­mit­ment. This in­ter­est now unites over 600 mem­bers of all ages from the fields of busi­ness, the sci­ences, and cul­ture.

As a mem­ber you can ex­pect a di­verse pro­gram that of­fers in­sights in­to mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art, exc­it­ing ex­plo­ra­tions of the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, as well as a range of ex­clu­sive events.


Each year, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst distin­guish­es a con­tem­po­rary artist with its an­nu­al award­ing of the Wolf­gang Hahn Prize. Its cri­te­ria are the artist’s con­sis­tent artis­tic de­vel­op­ment over sev­er­al de­cades and his or her in­ter­na­tio­n­al recog­ni­tion among ex­perts. In turn, the distin­guished artists should be ap­pro­pri­ate­ly rep­re­sent­ed in the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, so that a work or group of works can be ac­quired for the ben­e­fit of its col­lec­tion.

Young Ac­qui­si­tion

A nov­el form of col­lec­tive pa­tro­n­age is the Young Ac­qui­si­tion, an ini­tia­tive estab­lished in 2005 by young mem­bers of the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst. Dur­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings with the mu­se­um’s di­rec­tor and Dr. Bar­bara En­gel­bach, cu­ra­tor of the Col­lec­tion of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Pho­tog­ra­phy, and Me­dia Art, re­c­om­men­da­tions are pre­sent­ed and dis­cussed in depth. Which work is then joint­ly purchased for the col­lec­tion is ul­ti­mate­ly a demo­crat­ic de­ci­sion—where­by the mu­se­um na­t­u­ral­ly re­tains the right to ve­to. 

Art in Con­text

With Art in Con­text the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst in­vites you to a se­ries of public events de­vot­ed to cur­rent trends in art. Ex­perts and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the in­ter­na­tio­n­al art scene dis­cuss se­lect­ed themes in art the­o­ry and prac­tice. The lec­ture se­ries high­lights the hetero­gene­i­ty of cur­rent artis­tic de­vel­op­ments and sheds light on their dif­fer­ent po­si­tions.