Museum Ludwig, Cologne - History of a Collection with Civic Commitments

Andy Warhol, Portrait of Peter Ludwig
1980, Acrylic on canvas, 105.0 × 105.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 10076. (Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_c002430)
© 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, NewYork & JASPAR, Tokyo C3852

Kasimir Malevich, Spremus No. 38
1916, Oil on canvas, 102.5 × 67.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 01294.
(Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_d033965_01)

Wassily Kandinsky, White Stroke
1920, Oil on canvas, 98.0 × 80.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 10003.
(Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_d056273_01)

Max Beckmann, Lovers
1940-43, Oil on canvas, 60.0 × 80.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 76/3022.
(Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_c001125)

Ernst Barlach, Squatting Old Woman
1933, Wood, 56.0 × 33.0 × 30.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 76/SK 0047.
(Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_c005052)

Morris Louis, Pillar of Dawn
1961, Acrylic on canvas, 220.0 × 122.0 cm
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne, ML 01091.
(Photo: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, rba_d040139)


Museum Ludwig, overseen by the City of Cologne, Germany’s fourth most populous city, is one of the world’s leading institutions with a specialty in art from the 20th century to the contemporary era. The museum’s outstanding collection was shaped by donations from citizens. This exhibition, which focuses on collectors such as Peter and Irene Ludwig, whose name graces the museum, presents 152 notable works, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos by artists associated with German Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit as well as Picasso, the Russian avant-garde, and Pop art.

Date June 29 (Wed.) – September 26 (Mon.), 2022
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Nikkei Inc.; TBS TELEVISION, INC.; BS-TBS, INC.
With the support of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan;J-WAVE;TBS RADIO,INK.
With the sponsorship of DAIKIN INDUSTRIES,LTD.;Mitsui Fudosan Co.,Ltd.
Admission(tax included)
General 2,000 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon
    presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government issued.
  • More information on tickets will be posted at a later date on the exhibition website.
Inquiries (+81) 47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)

Museum Ludwig, Cologne 

The Museum Ludwig is an art museum that is operated by the City of Cologne and collects works of art from the 20th century to today. Cologne grew from an ancient transport hub on the Rhine into Germany’s fourth largest metropolis. It is a culturally rich city that is home to Cologne Cathedral, the world’s largest Gothic structure, and the University of Cologne, one of Europe’s oldest universities, as well as many museums and art museums.

The Ludwig Museum opened in 1986 next to Cologne Cathedral along the Rhine. Its origins go back to 1976, when noted art collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig donated some 350 works of art to the city. The core collection was completed with the transfer of post-1900 works from the municipally operated Wallraf-Richartz Museum, including a German modernism collection donated by Cologne lawyer Josef Haubrich in 1946.

Today, it is internationally acclaimed for holdings that encompass: one of Europe’s largest Pop Art collections; Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), and other forms of German modern art, as well as contemporaneous Russian Avant-garde; one of the world’s top three Picasso collections; a photo collection that spans the history of photography and excels both in quality and quantity; and contemporary works around the globe.


Collectors who paid for the future

The Museum Ludwig’s collection was largely built up by donations and purchases from private local collectors. These citizens’ devotion to preserving art and culture for future generations has always been at the heart of the museum’s holdings and activities. Such inseparable bonds between art and the community offer great inspiration and ideas for people living in Japan today.

A journey across art history: 100 years of diverse expressions

The exhibition offers a rich panorama of avant-garde, abstract, and other realms of expression from the early 20th century to today—including German Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), Cubism, Russian Avant-garde, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Picasso, and Pop Art. Each chapter also presents samplings from the museum’s photography collection that provide a vivid window to the spirit and psyche of contemporary society. Another must-see highlight is the array of dazzling expressions created by female artists.

The pulse of each era, encapsulated in 152 masterpieces

Following the 20th century’s two world wars, post-conflict reconstruction, and national reunification, Germany emerged to become one of Europe’s greatest powerhouses today. This exhibition provides both a lesson in history through the lens of art, and a look at art in its historical context. The 152 masterpieces displayed will provide thought-inspiring encounters with humans and society.

Touring Information

Kyoto: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; October 14 (Fri.), 2022 – January 22 (Sun.), 2023