Current exhibitions

Black Power - Flower Power: Fotografien von Pirkle Jones und Ruth-Marion Baruch

Museum Ludwig. February 3, 03.02.2018 to June 3, 03.06.2018

(DE) Im 50. Todesjahr von Martin Luther King stellt das Museum die Werke des Fotografenehepaars Pirkle Jones und Ruth-Marion Baruch aus, das mit Sympathie und beobachtender Distanz das San Francisco der bewegten 1960er Jahre einfing. Es war eine Zeit, in der an der Westküste der USA auf besondere Weise die verschiedenen Strömungen von Bürgerrechtsbewegung und counterculture zusammenkamen, aus der die Black Panthers hervorgingen und Hippies neue Lebens- und Arbeitsformen erprobten.

Im Rechten Licht (spotlight on right-wing extremism)

Cologne City Museum. December 16, 16.12.2017 to March 25, 25.03.2018

The Cologne artist and photographer Karin Richert closely observed and documented the right-wing scene in Cologne and North-Rhine Westphalia with her camera over a period of 10 years. The roughly 150 photographs in this exhibition reveal realities outside our understanding of democracy.

Trotzdem Alaaf! (a defiant ‘happy carnival!’) – Cologne Carnival Monday parade 1991 + 2017

Cologne City Museum. December 16, 16.12.2017 to March 25, 25.03.2018

This photographic exhibition shows the events around the 1991 Carnival Monday parade which had been officially cancelled because of the Gulf War. The people of Cologne defied this decision and celebrated their carnival despite (‘Trotzdem’) the cancellation. The celebration turned into a unique, crazy, unorganised, grass-roots parade – and a spontaneous demonstration against the Gulf War.

Selbstbildnisse – Tremezza von Brentano

Käthe Kollwitz Museum. December 15, 15.12.2017 to February 25, 25.02.2018

(DE) Tremezza von Brentanos Malerei fasziniert durch das Spannungsverhältnis von künstlerischem Realismus und gelebter Wirklichkeit. Seit über vierzig Jahren sucht und findet die Malerin Inspiration für ihre Arbeiten in den Erfahrungen des Alltags. Ihr ungebrochenes Interesse an Themen unserer Zeit wird vor allem in den Selbstbildnissen auf sehr persönliche Weise sichtbar. Zum 75. Geburtstag widmet ihr das Käthe Kollwitz Museum eine Schau mit Werken aus den 70er Jahren bis heute.

James Rosenquist. Painting as Immersion

Museum Ludwig. November 18, 18.11.2017 to March 4, 04.03.2018

Giant strips of bacon, machine parts, and the portrait of a woman inter-spliced with electrical wires - all painted on a fourteenmeter-wide canvas against a background of shimmering stars in space. The monumental painting Star Thief (1980) is part of a major exhibition featuring one of the most important representatives of American Pop art: James Rosenquist.

Desert – Sea – Creation Myths: Aboriginal Art of the Spinifex and the Yolŋu

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. November 10, 10.11.2017 to March 4, 04.03.2018

For the first time, The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum will stage its own exhibition on Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Australia. The ARTKELCH gallery from Freiburg will present works from two of the leading (community-based) art centres – the Spinifex Arts Project (from the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia) and Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka (from Northeast Arnhemland at the coast of the Northern Territory).

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.

Cloudy with sunny intervals. Meteorological phenomena in Dutch painting

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. June 1, 01.06.2017 to July 1, 01.07.2018

The Wallraf will be presenting twenty “sky paintings” by masters such as Cuyp, van der Neer, Ruisdael and Goyen. In the late 16th century, Dutch painters began using the sky not just as a backdrop, but rather as a huge stage which occupied up to 80 percent of their canvases. This stage then became the scene for the depiction of spectacular natural phenomena which fascinated the public, such as summer lightning, swirling clouds and glaring sunlight.

Tales from an distant past - Cologne in pre-written language times

Romano-Germanic Museum. April 4, 04.04.2017 to March 25, 25.03.2018

Since the Mesolithic Age, living near a river was vital for hunter-gatherers, for the first crop farmers and stock breeders, and for the settlers of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Rhineland. The people of the different pre-historic cultures in the Cologne area profited from the various advantages of settling on either side of the untamed, mighty river. The Romano-Germanic Museum is presenting a precious selection of finds – most of them never before exhibited.