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On 5 February 1976, husband and wife collectors Irene and Peter Ludwig donated 350 modern artworks from their collection to the city of Cologne and thus laid the foundations for the Museum Ludwig, which was to be a home for art made after 1900. 1986 saw the opening of the ‘twin museum’, which encompassed both the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and the Museum Ludwig, but already by 1994 it was decided to physically separate the two. Apart from the most extensive collection of American Pop Art outside of the USA, the Ludwigs’ donation meant that the museum received absolutely top quality works by the Russian avant-garde from the period between 1905 and 1935. In 1994 came 90 works from their Picasso holdings, followed by 774 more in 2001, meaning that the Museum Ludwig now has the third largest Picasso collection worldwide, only after Barcelona and Paris. Today the Ludwig Collection covers the major approaches in twentieth century and contemporary art.

The basis of the Ludwig Collection was unwittingly created by the Cologne lawyer Dr Josef Haubrich. In 1946 he entrusted the city with his important collection of works by the Expressionists and other representatives of “classic” modernism. This donation was later transferred to the holdings of the Museum Ludwig.

Since 2000, the Museum Ludwig has been notably involved in collecting and presenting technical media in the contemporary art context. Since 2001 the collection has expanded in the field of contemporary art by the inclusion of key works and integral groups of pieces, and today ranks with its almost 60,580 works among the leading museums for modern and contemporary art in Europe.





Pop Art

Pop Art

Haubrich Collection

Haubrich Collection

Russian avant-garde

Russian avant-garde



Ausstellungen 2020

Ausstellungen 2020

Andy Warhol Now, Museum Ludwig, Köln, 2020-2021

Andy Warhol Now, 2020-2021

Sisi privat. Die Fotoalben der Kaiserin, 24. Oktober 2020 bis 21. Februar 2021

Sisi privat. Die Fotoalben der Kaiserin, 2020-21

Russische Avantgarde - Original und Fälschung, 26.09.2020 - 03.01.2021

Russische Avantgarde – Original und Fälschung, 2020

John Dewey, who? Neupräsentation der Sammlung, 14.08.2020-2022

Neupräsentation der Sammlung Gegenwartskunst, 2020-22

Museum Ludwig, Köln, Ruhrlandschaften, Joachim Brohm, 1981-83, 27.6.2020 – 27.9.2020[

Ruhrlandschaften, Joachim Brohm, 1981-83, 2020

Museum Ludwig, Köln, Mapping the Collection 20.06.2020 - 23.08.2020

Mapping the Collection, 2020

HIER UND JETZT im Museum Ludwig. Dynamische Räume, Köln 06.06.2020-30.08.2020

HIER UND JETZT: Dynamische Räume, 2020

Stille Ruinen. Oppenheim fotografiert die Antike 02.05.2020.-14.06.2020

Stille Ruinen. Oppenheim fotografiert die Antike, 2020

Blinky Palermo. Die gesamten Editionen. Schenkung Ulrich Reininghaus (18.01.2020-03.05.2020)

Blinky Palermo, Schenkung Reininghaus, 2020

Ausstellungen 2019

Ausstellungen 2019

Schultze Projects #2 – Avery Singer, 10.2019-10.2021

Schultze Projects #2 – Avery Singer, 2019-21

Wade Guyton. Zwei Dekaden MCMXCIX–MMXIX, 15.11.2019-01.03.2020

Wade Guyton. Zwei Dekaden MCMXCIX–MMXIX, 2019-20

Lucia Moholy. Fotogeschichte schreiben, 12.10.2019-02.02.2020

Lucia Moholy. Fotogeschichte schreiben, 2019-20

HIER UND JETZT: Transcorporealities, 21. 09.2019-19. 01.2020

HIER UND JETZT: Transcorporealities, 2019-20

Familienbande, Sammlung Schröder, 13.07.2019-29.09.2019

Familienbande, Schenkung Schröder, 2019

Ulf Aminde. Präsentation des Mahnmal-Modells für die Opfer des NSU in Köln, 28.06.2019-28.07.2019

Ulf Aminde. Mahnmal-Modell, 2019

Benjamin Katz, Berlin Havelhöhe, 1960/61 (7. Ju­ni.2019 – 22. Septem­ber 2019)

Benjamin Katz, Berlin Havelhöhe, 1960/61, 2019

Fiona Tan. GAAF, 04.05.2019-11.08.2019

Fiona Tan, GAAF, 2019

Museum Ludwig Köln, Jac Leirner, Wolf­gang-Hahn-Preis 2019, 10.4. – 21.7.2019

Jac Leirner, Wolf­gang-Hahn-Preis 2019

Museum Ludwig Köln. Nil Yalter. Exile Is a Hard Job, 09.03.2019-02.06.2019

Nil Yalter. Exile Is a Hard Job, 2019

David Hockney/Richard Hamilton, Expanded Graphics, 19.1.2019–14.4.2019

Hockney/Hamilton, Expanded Graphics, 2019

Ausstellungen 2018

Ausstellungen 2018

Neupräsentation der Sammlung Gegenwartskunst am Museum Ludwig, 2018-2020

Neupräsentation der Sammlung Gegenwartskunst, 2018-20

Gabriele Münter - Malen ohne Umschweife", 2018.09.15 – 2019.01.13

Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife, 2018-2019

Ausstellungen 2017

Ausstellungen 2017

 Schultze Projects #1 - Wade Guyton, Untitled, 09.2017-10.2019

Schultze Projects #1 – Wade Guyton, 2017-19

Henri Cartier-Bresson und Heinz Held. Menschen mit Bildern, 24.03.2017-20.08.2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson und Heinz Held, 2017

Ausstellungen 2016

Ausstellungen 2016

Ausstellungen 2015

Ausstellungen 2015

Ausstellungen 2014

Ausstellungen 2014

Pierre Huyghe, Köln 11.04.2014-13.07.2014

Pierre Huyghe, 2014

Ausstellungen 2013

Ausstellungen 2013

Ausstellungen 2012

Ausstellungen 2012

weitere Ausstellungen

weitere Ausstellungen

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