Wern­er Mantz
Ar­chi­tec­tures and Peo­ple

10/14/2017 – 1/21/2018

Wern­er Mantz is known as one of the most promi­nent pho­to­g­ra­phers of the Neues Bauen move­ment of mod­er­nist ar­chi­tec­ture in Cologne dur­ing the 1920s. In a se­cond cre­a­tive pe­ri­od he re­turned to por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. . more


Ger­hard Richter: New Paint­ings


The ex­hi­bi­­tion Ger­hard Richter: New Paint­ings pre­sent­ed new ab­s­­tract pain­t­in­gs cre­at­ed in 2016 along­­side works from the col­lec­­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig by Richter more

Ot­to Fre­undlich: Cos­mic Com­mu­nism


In a big ret­ro­spec­tive, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed one of the most orig­i­nal ab­s­tract artists of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry: Ot­to Fre­undlich (1878–1943) more

Tr­isha Don­nel­ly: 2017 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize


The Ge­sellschaft für Mod­­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sent­ed the 2017 Wolf­­gang Hahn Prize to Tr­isha Don­nel­­ly. With this prize, the or­­gani­za­­­tion rec­og­nized the ex­­traor­d­i­­nary oeu­vre of the artist more

Art in­to Life! Col­lec­tor Wolf­gang Hahn and the 60s


In the 1960s, the Rhine­­land al­ready was an im­­por­­tant cen­ter for a rev­o­lu­­tio­­nary oc­cur­rence in art. In touch with the lat­est trends of this ex­c­it­ing pe­ri­od, Wolf­­gang Hahn (1924–1987) be­­gan ac­quir­ing this new art and cre­at­ed a mul­ti­­facet­ed col­lec­­tion more


Fer­nand Léger: Paint­ing in Space


The first ret­ro­spec­­tive that fo­­cus­es on Fer­­­nand Léger’s mu­rals, cast­ing a new light on one of the most di­­verse and in­­flu­en­­tial artists of mod­­er­nism. more


Bernard Schultze

Ber­nard Schultze. A Cen­ten­nial Ex­hi­bi­tion


Ber­­nard Schultze (1915–2005) was a lead­­ing ex­po­­nent of ges­­tu­ral ab­s­­tract pain­t­ing in Eu­­rope. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pay­ing ho­­mage to him on the cen­ten­­nial of his birth. more

Danh Võ, We the People, Armpit, 2011-2013, installation view, Museum Ludwig Köln © Danh Vo

Danh Võ. Ydob eht ni mraw si ti


The Viet­namese artist Danh Võ is pre­sent­ing his most well-known long-term pro­ject 'We The Peo­ple', amongst other works more

Al­i­bis: Sig­mar Polke.


For the first time, all the me­­dia with which the artist en­­gaged in­­ten­­sive­­ly through­out his ca­reer are brought to­gether in one ex­hi­bi­­tion, with works dat­ing from 1963 through 2010. more


In­tractable and Un­tamed: Doc­u­men­tary Pho­tog­ra­phy around 1979


The ex­hi­bi­tion shows works by 15 artists who fol­lowed a doc­u­men­tary ap­proach in their pho­tog­ra­phy in the so-called cri­sis de­cades af­ter 1979 more

Os­car Tu­a­zon.
Alone in an emp­ty room


Os­car Tu­a­zon has re­al­ized a site-spe­cif­ic in­s­tal­la­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, re­buld­ing parts of a pri­vate home in­side the mu­se­um's wide open stair­case more

Pierre Huyghe


Pierre Huyghe has trans­formed the ex­hi­bi­tion space in­to a whole world of its own, bring­ing to­gether liv­ing sys­tems, ob­­jects, films, pho­­to­­graphs, draw­ings, and mu­sic more

Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln/Museum Ludwig/Britta Schlier



Peter and Irene Lud­wig brought Pop Art to Ger­­many. The ex­hi­bi­tion brings it to­gether in a large sur­vey ex­hi­bi­­tion with works from the other Lud­wig Mu­se­ums around the world more

An­drea Bütt­n­er. 2


2 – the ti­tle is the agen­da. The largest room in the mu­se­um is di­vid­ed in­to two parts, one light and the other dark, show­ing re­cent works range­ing from prints, wood­cuts, phot­graphs, to a large-scale video-in­s­tal­la­tion more


© Jo Baer, photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Britta Schlier

Jo Baer


From 24 May through 25 Au­gust 2013, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig show­cased - as the first ev­er Ger­man in­sti­tu­tion to do so - the US Amer­i­can artist Jo Baer (b.1929 in Seat­tle, lives since 1984 in Am­s­ter­dam) in a so­lo ex­hi­bi­tion more

© Shady Lane Productions, Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Britta Schlier

Phil Collins. In ev­ery dream home a hear­tache


At the heart of Phil Collins' work is the in­di­vi­d­u­al in our me­dia so­ci­e­ty. A new com­pre­hen­sive pro­ject has been cre­at­ed es­pe­cial­ly for the Mu­se­um Lud­wig more

©  The Saul Steinberg Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Leon Sinowenka

Saul Stein­berg. The Amer­i­cans


The Mu­se­um Lud­wig pre­sents the com­plete mu­ral-col­lage cre­at­ed by Saul Stein­berg for EX­PO 58 in Brus­sels for the first time since its en­tire­ty more


Abbildung Kriwet



Graph­ic works and au­dio plays by Ger­man artist Fer­d­i­nand Kri­wet more

Abbildung Vor dem Gesetz

Be­fore the Law


The para­ble “Be­fore the Law” by Franz Kaf­ka (1915) serves as a guid­ing mo­tif for this ex­hi­bi­tion idea more

Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Peter Kunz

In Me­m­o­ry of Irene Lud­wig


On the oc­ca­sion of the first an­niver­sary of her pass­ing, the Mu­se­um Lud­wig has in­s­talled a room with works from the pri­vate resi­dence of Peter and Irene Lud­wig more

© Cosima von Bonin,  Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin Foto: Lothar Schnepf

Cosi­ma von Bonin


The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sent­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of the artist Cosi­ma von Bonin, which will de­vel­op as a 'Work in Progress' in four Eu­ro­pean ci­ties more