Current exhibitions

Getting closer

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. February 9, 09.02.2019 to April 7, 07.04.2019

(DE) Die Ausstellung ist ein Versuch, die Folgen des Klimawandels zu lokalisieren und zu konkretisieren und zeigt, wie es über verschiedene (Forschungs-)Perspektiven möglich ist, sich den Auswirkungen von Klimaveränderungen auf das Leben der Menschen im ländlichen Kenia und Tansania anzunähern, und bietet Einblicke in persönliche Geschichten vor Ort.

Der Wolf. Zwischen Mythos und Märchen

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. February 1, 01.02.2019 to April 28, 28.04.2019

(DE) Er ist wieder da: Mehr als 150 Jahre galt der Wolf in Deutschland als ausgerottet, doch seit neuestem kann er auch wieder in unseren Breiten angetroffen werden. Mit ihm zurückgekehrt sind aber auch die Mär vom bösen Wolf und die dadurch geschürte Angst vieler Menschen vor dem geschützten Tier. Gründe genug für das Wallraf, sich dem Thema mit einer eigenen Ausstellung aus kunsthistorischer Sicht zu nähern.

Hockney/Hamilton. Expanded Graphics

Museum Ludwig. January 19, 19.01.2019 to April 14, 14.04.2019

Films about art can make art seem small and banal, but they can also expand and enlarge it—like the first films by the British art film pioneer James Scott (*1941). The Museum Ludwig will bring them into a dialogue with the works they feature: David Hockney’s Illustrations for Fourteen Poems by C.P. Cavafy (1966–67) and works by Richard Hamilton.

100 Years od Adjustable Light

Museum of Applied Arts. January 14, 14.01.2019 to February 24, 24.02.2019

The exhibition - constructed as a timeline - begins with the "scissors lamp" by Curt Fischer (1919) and works through the most diverse inventions and manufacturers in the field of moving light sources, including visions of the future.

Käthe Kollwitz – Zeitenwende(n)

Käthe Kollwitz Museum. January 10, 10.01.2019 to March 24, 24.03.2019

(DE) Bedeutende Zeitenwenden begleiten das Leben von Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945). Wie kaum ein anderer Künstler setzt sie sich mit dem Kaiserreich und dem Ersten Weltkrieg, der Weimarer Republik, dem Nationalsozialismus und dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in ihrem Werk auseinander – stets getragen von der Sehnsucht nach einer »Bruderschaft der Menschen«. Die aktuelle Ausstellung stellt ihr Œuvre in den Kontext der politischen und gesellschaftlichen Auf- und Umbrüche ihrer Zeit.

Oskar, der freundliche Polizist

Historisches Archiv. November 30, 30.11.2018 to April 14, 14.04.2019

(DE) Die Ausstellung widmet sich dem Werk des Kölner Grafikers Otto Schwalge (1921-2012) und in besonderem Maße seiner erfolgreichen Kunstfigur Oskar (der freundliche Polizist), die über Jahrzehnte regelmäßig am Samstag im Kölner Stadtanzeiger erschien. Von den schwierigen Anfängen gegen Vorurteile in der Journalistenzunft („Comics sind nur etwas für Amerikaner“) bis hin zur Etablierung von Oskar als Teil des Kölschen Lebensgefühls.

Once upon a time in America. Three centuries of American Art

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. November 23, 23.11.2018 to March 24, 24.03.2019

This winter, the Wallraf Richartz Museum will devote a Major exhibition to American art giving an overview of developments in North America between 1650 and 1950. This special show spans a period beginning with works from colonial times and takes visitors via the masters of American Realism to exemplary works of Abstract Expressionism. Around 140 works on loan from the most prestigious collections and museums in the US and Europe will be on display at the Wallraf’s exhibition

All under Heaven. The Museum of East Asian Art by the Aachener Weiher – 40 Years

Museum of East Asian Art. November 17, 17.11.2018 to June 30, 30.06.2019

40 years ago the new building of the Museum for East Asian Art opened at Aachener Weiher. This building, designed by the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, gave the museum a new home after the original museum, founded in 1909, was destroyed in World War II.

Luther’s words are ubiquitous – Martin Luther during the era of National Socialism

NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne. November 16, 16.11.2018 to February 24, 24.02.2019

What was the attitude of the National Socialists towards religion and the church – and especially towards Martin Luther? What was the relationship of Christians in Germany with Luther and his heritage during the Nazi era? How did the relationship between state and church developed in these twelve years? This exhibition endeavours to answer these questions.

Through the magnifying glass

Museum Schnütgen. November 13, 13.11.2018 to June 30, 30.06.2019

This exhibition is the first to give an overview of the most important restoration works and technological investigations in the field of art during the past 25 years. The areas covered range from the complete removal of the coatings of a wood sculpture to conservational methods and touch-free optical examination. What these measures reveal are the older conditions of the works as well as new insights into their genesis and the determination of their age.

34 x Design

Museum of Applied Arts. October 27, 27.10.2018 to April 17, 17.04.2019

"34 x Design" brings together 34 international highlights of the MAKK's design collection in an exhibition. It reflects the change in taste and technology in nearly 100 years of design history: from Rietveld’s "Red Blue Chair" (1918) to the 3D printed "Generico Chair" from 2014.

Cologne 68! Protest. Pop. Provocation

Cologne City Museum. October 20, 20.10.2018 to March 31, 31.03.2019

The events of the late 1960s, today encapsulated in the symbolic abbreviation ‘68’, mark an important turning point in the history of West Germany. The mood among the young generation, above all in the world of academia, was tense. Cologne also saw demonstrations by university and college students for more co-determination and democratisation. This exhibition focuses on the complex events and developments in Cologne around the year 1968.

Fast Fashion. The Dark Side of Fashion

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. October 12, 12.10.2018 to February 24, 24.02.2019

How can it be that a T-shirt costs less than a large cup of coffee or a pair of trousers as much as a cinema ticket? And what does the price tell us about the life of the people who produce these clothes? »Fast Fashion« takes a critical look behind the scenes of the global textile industry and aims to create awareness about the subject of fashion consumption. As consumers and businesses profit from the bargain prices, others pay a high human cost for it.

Andy Warhol - Pop goes Art

Museum of Applied Arts. September 1, 01.09.2018 to March 24, 24.03.2019

The Cologne Museum of Applied Arts (MAKK) will be staging the first-ever exhibition of a private collection that includes almost all of Andy Warhol’s album cover designs, as well as many of his sketches and other illustrations. Featuring both videos and audio clips, the Pop goes Art exhibition will live up to its title by showcasing the interaction of art and music.

The Sunday of Life. Lifestyle in the Baroque

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. July 13, 13.07.2018 to August 19, 19.08.2019

Rustling gowns, stately backdrops, exotic fruits and elegant accessories - the portraits and still lives from the baroque era mostly point to the sunny side of life. But not rarely concealed behind the figures and decorative arrangements are tales of adventure and crossed destinies. In its new presentation from the collection, The Sunday of Life, the Wallraf will feature particularly charming, rarely shown or freshly restored paintings on their very own stage.

The Samson-Master and his age. Romanesque sculpture in the Rhineland

Museum Schnütgen. June 6, 06.06.2018 to June 30, 30.06.2019

The “Samson-Master” was an outstanding artist active in the Rhineland in the period around 1200, who is named after the Samson figure from the abbey of Maria Laach. For some six months this expressive stone sculpture and a few exceptional capitals from Maria Laach will be guests at the Museum.

KölnSkulptur #9

Skulpturenpark Köln. October 15, 15.10.2017 to June 15, 15.06.2019

(DE) Unter dem Ausstellungstitel „La Fin de Babylone. Mich wundert, dass ich so fröhlich bin!“ lädt die Kuratorin Chus Martínez ein, den Geschichten, die der Park zu erzählen hat, zu lauschen. Im Vordergrund stehen acht neue Arbeiten von folgenden Künstlern: Andrea Büttner, Claudia Comte, Jan Kiefer, Eduardo Navarro, Solange Pessoa, Lin May Saeed, Teresa Solar und Pedro Wirz.