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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: www.blog.museum-ludwig.de.
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-ludwig.de or by telephone: 0221 221 24581.