Project Partners

The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is a live­ly place that aims to pro­mote knowl­edge and cre­a­tiv­i­ty among a wide range of tar­get groups.

There are a va­ri­e­ty of ways to get in­volved as a part­n­er for spe­cial pro­jects re­lat­ed to art ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren, young peo­ple, and adults.

Our re­search ac­tiv­i­ties—­for ex­am­ple, the res­to­ra­tion of art­work­s—al­so in­clude ad­di­tio­n­al pro­jects that can on­ly be re­al­ized with the help of part­n­er­ships, such as the dig­i­ti­za­tion of our pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion with our part­n­er Pix­um.

The POP LAB: A Space for the Whole Fam­i­ly

In Fe­bruary 2015, the ART LAB opened as a space for vis­i­tors young and old at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. In 2017 it re­opened un­der a new name with a new pro­gram. Since then, the POP LAB has been a place for fam­i­lies and chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar to ex­per­i­ment, re­lax, and play to­gether. In­te­grat­ed with the mu­se­um’s large Pop Art col­lec­tion, the POP LAB in­vites young­sters to play­ful­ly en­gage with this style of art and gain their own ex­pe­ri­ences with col­or and feel­ing.

The ART LAB and POP LAB were made pos­si­ble thanks to gener­ous sup­port from GAG Im­mo­bilien AG. This part­n­er­ship, which has ex­ist­ed since 2015, of­fers the mu­se­um the op­por­tu­ni­ty to re­de­sign the space at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, each time with an em­pha­sis on one of the mu­se­um’s fo­cus ar­eas. The col­lec­tion of­fers a rich reper­toire to draw from, with Sur­re­al­ism, Pop Art, Pi­cas­so, Nou­veau Réal­isme, and con­tem­po­rary art.


De­vel­oped by young stu­dents for a young au­di­ence, the Kunst:Dialoge se­ries of­fers an op­por­tu­ni­ty to en­gage in a dia­logue about artists and their works. You can ask the stu­dents what­ev­er you al­ways want­ed to know about art but didn’t dare to ask. Art his­to­ry stu­dents from the Uni­ver­si­ties of Cologne, Bonn, and Düs­sel­dorf are trained as art ed­u­ca­tors and are ea­ger to re­spond to your ques­tions and com­ments.

The Kunst:Dialoge team is on hand usu­al­ly ev­ery Sun­day from 1 to 3 p.m. in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion or in the spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions as well as at se­lect­ed Late Night Thurs­day events.

We would like to thank the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig for their sup­port of the kunst:dialoge se­ries.

Lab.Bode In­tern­ship

The Lab.Bode Ini­tia­tive to Strengthen Art Ed­u­ca­tion at Mu­se­ums is a joint pro­gram of the Fed­er­al Cul­tu­r­al Foun­da­tion and the Staatliche Museen zu Ber­lin. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is one of a to­tal of twen­ty-three part­n­er mu­se­ums in Ger­many to of­fer an in­tern­ship with the aim of strengthen­ing and cont­inu­ing to de­vel­op their art ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. With an ed­u­ca­tion lab­o­ra­to­ry at the Bode-Mu­se­um in Ber­lin and the na­tion­wide in­tern­ship pro­gram as well as ac­com­pany­ing dia­logue events, the ini­tia­tive aims to show­case art ed­u­ca­tion at mu­se­ums and the im­pact it can have.

Dig­i­tiz­ing the Pho­tog­ra­phy Col­lec­tion

The Cologne-based com­pany Pix­um has been a part­n­er of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig since 2015. As part of this col­lab­o­ra­tion, Pix­um was able to sup­port the work in the mu­se­um’s pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion. An ini­tial con­tri­bu­tion al­lowed 4,000 pho­to­graphs from the Ag­fa Col­lec­tion at the mu­se­um to be dig­i­tized and made per­ma­nent­ly ac­ces­si­ble to the public. The dig­i­ti­za­tion has cont­in­ued since 2017 with the L. Fritz and Re­nate Gru­ber Col­lec­tions, ac­qui­si­tions by the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, and the Mrazkowa Col­lec­tion, which will be sup­port­ed by Pix­um un­til 2019.

The PHO­TO LAB: Dis­cov­er the World of Pho­tog­ra­phy

The PHO­TO LAB is a place for young and old to dis­cov­er the world of pho­tog­ra­phy to­gether. As an ex­ten­sion of the pho­tog­ra­phy room in the col­lec­tion, the PHO­TO LAB in­vites chil­dren and adults to get in­volved and ex­per­i­ment.

There are many things for vis­i­tors of all ages to try—­for ex­am­ple, a cam­era ob­s­cu­ra, the pre­de­ces­sor to the mod­ern-day cam­era. Vis­i­tors can take pho­tos of them­selves in front of a pho­to­graph­ic wall­pa­per and even cre­ate a small pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion with fif­ty pic­tures from the col­lec­tion. The PHO­TO LAB en­livens and opens up the pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig in a va­ri­e­ty of ways—­made pos­si­ble by Pix­um.

Late Night Thurs­day

The Late Night Thurs­day events, which take place ev­ery first Thurs­day of the month, are among of the most pop­u­lar days at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. With vis­i­tor-friend­ly ex­tend­ed open­ing hours un­til 10 p.m. and a varied pro­gram of events such as con­certs, plays, and guid­ed tours of the mu­se­um’s unique col­lec­tion, it play­ful­ly com­bines vari­ous dis­ci­p­lines, makes art ac­ces­si­ble, and sparks cu­rios­i­ty to learn more.

We would like to thank the Stif­tung Kunst, Kul­tur und Soziales der Spar­da-Bank West for sup­port­ing this pop­u­lar and spe­cial se­ries of events since 2012.

Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art Fel­low­ship

With sup­port from the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art, a fel­low­ship has been cre­at­ed at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig for re­search on Amer­i­can art in the col­lec­tion. The aim of the po­si­tion is to pro­mote re­search in the mu­se­um con­text and to cont­in­ue the Eu­ro­pean dis­course on vi­su­al art in the Unit­ed States af­ter World War II. Over the course of two years, doc­to­r­al can­di­date Jan­ice Mitchell will thor­ough­ly ex­amine the hold­ings of Amer­i­can art up to 1980 at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. She will fo­cus on as­pects of post­colo­nial, gen­der, and queer studies.

The dis­cov­eries that Jan­ice Mitchell makes in the course of her re­search will be pub­lished on a blog:­se­um-lud­

Many won­der­ful ideas are wait­ing to be re­al­ized! If you’re in­ter­est­ed in sup­port­ing a par­tic­u­lar pro­ject at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig, please con­tact An­tonel­la Müller by e-mail: an­tonel­la.muellermu­se­um-lud­ or by tele­phone: 0221 221 24581.