Museum Ludwig

The most extensive Pop Art collection in Europe. The third biggest Picasso collection in the world. One of the best collections of German Expressionism. One of the internationally most important collections on photography. In this museum one superlative follows the other. A generous donation of 350 works of modern art by Peter and Irene Ludwig to the city of Cologne formed the basis for the foundation of the museum in 1976.

Since then the museum which bears the name of its founders, has constantly extended its collections and today has one of the most important collections of art from the 20th and 21st centuries worldwide. A tour of the museum will introduce you to important names from the last 100 years, will highlight major artistic positions, will present beautiful and also provocative works which have made history and will continue to do so.

 
 

public guided tours (in German only)

Do. 18.10.
16:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife“, 15.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

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Sa. 20.10.
11:00 Uhr

Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife“, 15.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

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Sa. 20.10.
15:00 Uhr

Guided tour in English: Gabriele Münter. Painting to the Point

Für: Erwachsene | Von: Museumsdienst Köln | Treffpunkt: Kasse | Preis: € 2,00 | zzgl. Eintritt | Rahmenprogramm zu: „Gabriele Münter. Malen ohne Umschweife“, 15.09.2018 - 13.01.2019

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acitivities (in German only)

Ab Do. 18.10.
17:40 Uhr

Film | Museum Ludwig

8. Filmfest homochrom Monument of Pride (Deutschland-Premiere)

Für: Erwachsene | Von: homochrom | Treffpunkt: Kino im Museum Ludwig | Teilnahme: kostenlos

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Ab Do. 18.10.
19:10 Uhr

Film | Museum Ludwig

8. Filmfest homochrom The Deep Sky (Internationale Premiere) + Gast

Für: Erwachsene | Von: homochrom | Treffpunkt: Kino im Museum Ludwig | Teilnahme: kostenlos

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Guided tours can be booked for groups and are available in a variety of languages.

Führung

Guided tour: A short who;s who of contemporary art

They have become firmly established themselves in the circle of contemporary artists who are much in demand – the names of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Rosemarie Trockel appear again and again in exhibitions and art supplements. They can all be seen at the Museum Ludwig which offers a good opportunity to study the works of these protagonists of the art scene in more detail.

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: This guided tour is suitable from year 10 of all types of school.
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for several groups at a time.

Führung

Guided tour: Expressionism - the liberation of colour

The early 20th century saw the arrival of Expressionism – the most important German contribution to modern art. Its followers no longer depicted only the outward appearance, but gave expression to their own feelings. Artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc and August Macke move away from the world of visible objects to liberate colour from its descriptive function.  

Duration: 60 mins
Max. group size: 25
Target groups: lower secondary education level, students, adults 
Charge:
Tuesday to Friday: 75 € plus admission for adults | 50 € plus admission for students | 40 € for school classes
Supplement: weekends/foreign language tour: 10 € each

The tour can be booked for a maximum of two groups at a time.

 

current Exhibition

Alexander von Humboldt: Photography and Legacy

October 13, 2018 to January 27, 2019

The year 2019 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt, who was well traveled and connected, was not only a member of the commission that voted for the worldwide publication of one of the first photographic processes in 1839. He was also subsequently given photo albums that are now valuable and singular works.

Gabriele Münter. Painting to the Point

September 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019

Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) was a central figure of German Expressionism and the artist group Der Blaue Reiter, which was founded at Münter’s house in Murnau. Her role as a dedicated proponent, mediator, and longtime companion of Wassily Kandinsky is well known and recognized. This exhibition demonstrates Gabriele Münter’s importance and independence as a painter: with more than one hundred paintings, including works from her estate that will be presented for the first time.

Doing the Document: Photographs from Diane Arbus to Piet Zwart.The Bartenbach Donation

August 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, August Sander, Tata Ronkholz, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Piet Zwart, and twelve other photographers all share a documentary and artistic approach, which will be presented and simultaneously questioned in Doing the Document. Walker Evans did not describe his photographs as documentary, but instead spoke of a “documentary style.” Where does the document end and the artistic gesture begin?

 

Address

Heinrich-Böll-Platz
50667 Köln
T +49 221 221 26165
F +49 221 221 24114
info@museum-ludwig.de

Opening hours

Tue to Sun (incl. public holidays): 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every 1st Thu of each month: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

 

Admission

Tickets are valid for one day and give access to permanent and special exhibitions.

Adults: 13 €, concession: 8,50 € (for children, students, trainees), families: 26 €
Groups (min. 20): 9 € per person
Groups of students and teachers: free admission to permanent exhibition, 4,00 € per student/teacher for special exhibitions.

Free admission to the permanent collection for children up to 6 years, for Cologne residents up to 18 years, students (incl. 2 teachers per group), holders of the KölnPass, Cologne residents on their birthday. Admission charges for special exhibitions apply.

On the first Thursday of each month from 5 pm, admission charge is reduced by 50% for the permanent exhibition and to 7,00 € (concessions 4 €) for all special exhibitions. On these evenings the museum presents a varied programme of music, films, lectures, talks with artists and much more.

Audioguides

a charge of € 3 applies for the permanent and special exhibitions. The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the homepage of the museum.

Shop

Buchhandlung Walther König im Museum Ludwig: catalogues, art shop, postcards, art literature; tel +49-221-2059635, www.kunstbuchhandlung.de

Refreshments

Ludwig im Museum

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. to midnight

T +49 221 168 75-139
www.ludwig-im-museum.de 

 

Public transport

Public transport
rail service, local trains (S-Bahn): "Hauptbahnhof" (5 to 10 min walk)
Bus, tram, underground: “Dom/Hauptbahnhof” (5-10 min walk)
Car parks
Am Dom / Philharmonie / An Farina / Groß St-Martin