Current exhibitions

Unter die Haut. Der ergreifende Naturalismus des spanischen Barock

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud.
May 7, 2021 to April 24, 2022

(DE) Ribera, Zurbarán und Murillo: Drei Namen, drei Künstler, ein Königreich, eine Epoche – sie alle bringt das Wallraf in seiner nächsten Jahrespräsentation zusammen. Die drei Stars des spanischen Barock und ihre naturalistischen Malereien werden den Besucher*innen laut Ausstellungstitel „Unter die Haut“ gehen. Dafür sorgen nicht nur der ergreifende Realismus, das Pathos und die spirituelle Überzeugungskraft der Meister, sondern auch ihre Inspirationsquellen.

Bon Voyage, Signac!

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud.
April 16, 2021 to August 22, 2021

The Pointillist work is now the centrepiece of the special exhibition ‘Bon Voyage, Signac!’ in Cologne, which includes about sixty works by renowned artists such as Monet, Manet, Caillebotte, Courbet, Gauguin, Cézanne van Gogh and Matisse. The Wallraf is introducing a new Signac with this Impressionist journey through its own collection.

RESIST! The Art of Resistance

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World.
April 1, 2021 to September 5, 2021

This special exhibition deals with different forms, moments and stories of resistance against colonialism and its current manifestations. The museum has invited the curators and activists Peju Layiwola from Nigeria, Esther Utijua Muinjangue and Ida Hoffmann from Namibia, Timea Junghaus from Hungary, and Elizaveta Khan and Mona Leitmeier from Cologne to curate their own rooms. Their works will be complemented by objects from the permanent museum’s collection.

Kunst auf Lager

Museum of East Asian Art.
March 13, 2021 to December 30, 2021

(DE) Das Museum zeigt unter anderen drei monumentalen Hängerollen des japanischen Modernisten, Malers, Dichters und Kalligrafen Uchiyama Ukai (1907 bis 1983), die noch nie ausgestellt waren. Darunter eine beeindruckende Ansicht des Kölner Rheinufers mit Hohenzollernbrücke und Dom. Unter den Schätzen ist auch eine monumentale Herbstlandschaft des berühmten Malers Wen Zhengming (1470 bis 1559), die am Beginn der Ausstellung in die Welt der chinesischen Literaten einlädt.

Danish Jewelery Box

Contemporary Jewelery Design

Museum of Applied Arts.
March 13, 2021 to August 1, 2021

The about 200 selected pieces will provide an impressive panorama of contemporary jewellery design from Denmark. The presentation will play with thematic juxtapositions such as ‘Body and Jewellery’ or ‘Identity and Diversity’, thus creating an intriguing and extraordinary perspective of the complexity of jewellery art. The exhibition will also feature some The exhibition will be part of the 2020 German-Danish Cultural Year of Friendship.

Andy Warhol Now

Museum Ludwig.
December 12, 2020 to June 13, 2021

Andy Warhol is indisputably the best-known representative of Pop Art. His iconic subjects such as Marilyn, the Campell’s soup can, and Coca-Cola bottles are part of the collective memory. Thirty years after his last retrospective in Cologne, Andy Warhol: Now presents Andy Warhol as an artist whose innovative work can be rediscovered, especially for a young generation in the age of migration and social diversity.

Some were our neighbours: perpetrators, fellow-travellers and insurgents

NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne.
December 4, 2020 to May 30, 2021

This exhibition, organised by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, asks a vital question: why was the Holocaust possible? The roles of the elites and leading figures within the Nazi regime certainly played a central part, but the collaboration of local authorities and politicians as well as the civil service also played an important part.

75 Years Ago - Cologne in ruins

Cologne City Museum.
December 3, 2020 to June 27, 2021

At the centre of this impressive exhibition is a large model of the city of Cologne which was created for the feature film “About Endlessness” (2019) by the Swedish director Roy Andersson. The film is a poignant portrayal of the city in ruins immediately after the end of World War II in 1945. The Old Town was completely destroyed and hardly a single building was inhabitable above the basement level. Only roughly 40,000 people still lived in Cologne.

Love and Power – Trilogy III. Judit, Omphale & co.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud.
December 1, 2020 to May 30, 2021

The last exhibition in the trilogy on love in the prints and drawings room focuses on the representation of strong women, in particular biblical heroines who specifically use their femininity. Through art history these representations are characterised by cunning, bravery, beauty, erotic tension and an interest in the relationship between the sexes, while female biblical wrongdoers are increasingly seen as femme fatales.

Sisi in Private: The Empress’s Photo Albums

Museum Ludwig.
October 24, 2020 to July 4, 2021

Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, called Sisi, collected photographs in the 1860s, but kept her collection private throughout her life. Today the Museum Ludwig holds eighteen of her albums with approximately 2000 photographs in carte de visite format. They show members of the nobility - many of them from Sisi’s family-celebrities, and artworks. The most renowned are the “albums of beauties.” “I’m starting an album and am now collecting photographs - only of females.

Hélène Binet – Echoes and Reveries

To Gottfried Böhm's centenary

Museum of Applied Arts.
October 23, 2020 to June 27, 2021

On the occasion of Gottfried Böhm’s centenary, the MAKK has invited the internationally renowned London-based photographer Hélène Binet to create ‘portraits’ of selected religious buildings by the Cologne architect. Using compositions of light and shadow, architectural expert Binet reflects and highlights both the sculptural qualities and the materiality of the structures. The photos have been created exclusively for this exhibition.

Meister Arnt – ein Geschenk aus Paris

Museum Schnütgen.
September 21, 2020 to June 13, 2021

(DE) Der Passionsaltar mit bemalten Flügeln von Meister Arnt, dem Begründer einer reichen Bildschnitzerschule am Niederrhein, verbleibt nach Ende der Ausstellung "Arnt der Bilderschneider" für insgesamt zehn weitere Monate im Museum Schnütgen. In der Dauerausstellung trifft die Leihgabe auf weitere Stücke aus der Werkstatt des Arnt Beeldesnider – wie beispielsweise das um Fragmente erweiterte Dreikönigenrelief – aus der Sammlung des Museum Schnütgen.

KölnSkulptur #10

Skulpturenpark Köln.
August 1, 2020 to July 30, 2022

(DE) Naturliebhaber sollten sich die 10. Ausgabe der alle zwei Jahre stattfindenden Freiluftausstellung KölnSkulptur mit dem Titel "ÜberNatur – Natural Takeover" nicht entgehen lassen. Der Kurator Tobias Berger erweitert den Skulpturenpark Köln um acht neue Kunstwerke, die von August 2020 bis Juli 2022 zu sehen sind und sich mit dem Thema Natur auseinandersetzen.

„Fotografien für Köln und die Welt“.

Picture Archives of the Rhineland.
June 19, 2020 to June 19, 2021

(DE) Die virtuelle Ausstellung anlässlich des bundesweiten Digitaltages am 19.06.2020 reicht von der ersten bekannten Dienstanweisung zur fotografischen Kulturgutdokumentation in der Stadt Köln im 19. Jahrhundert bis zur Digitalfotografie und dem Archivneubau am Eifelwall. Die Ausstellung wird in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek gezeigt und ist die erste Kölner Ausstellung auf dieser bundesweiten Internetplattform.