Current exhibitions

Blinky Palermo. Die gesamten Editionen. Schenkung Ulrich Reininghaus

Museum Ludwig. January 18, 18.01.2020 to May 3, 03.05.2020

(DE) Der deutsche Künstler Peter Heisterkamp (1943–1977), der sich nach dem Mafioso Frank „Blinky“ Palermo nannte, ist bekannt für seine Objekte, für seine Raumarbeiten, vor allem aber für die leuchtenden Farbfelder seiner Stoff- und Metallbilder, die vermeintlich unmittelbar vor Augen führen, was sie konzeptuell in Frage stellen: die sinnlichen Qualitäten zeitgenössischer Malerei.

Lisa Busche

artothek – space for young art. January 16, 16.01.2020 to February 22, 22.02.2020

(DE) Lisa Busche malt mit sehr reduzierten Mitteln. Ausgangspunkt ist oft die Linie, am liebsten die gesprühte. In der Mitte des Farbstrahls intensiv schwarz, nach außen zum Farbnebel verlaufend ergibt sich in einer einzigen Geste ein Volumen, ein malerischer Farbraum. Abklebungen werden entfernt, lassen Lücken entstehen und enthüllen so einen bis dahin verborgenen Bildraum, direkt im Bildträger.

Begreifbare Baukunst – Die Bedeutung von Türgriffen in der Architektur

Museum of Applied Arts. January 13, 13.01.2020 to February 9, 09.02.2020

(DE) Diese Ausstellung vereint Werke von Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Hans Poelzig, Alvar Aalto, David Chipperfield und zahlreichen weiteren Architekt*innen und Gestalter*innen. Sie wirft einen Blick auf das Miteinander von Architektur und einem ihrer kleinsten gestaltbaren Bestandteile: dem Türgriff.

Design Pentagon Group

Museum of Applied Arts. January 13, 13.01.2020 to April 26, 26.04.2020

In the 1980s, the Neues Deutsches Design revolutionised the appreciation of design and forged a link with art and music. One of the movement’s protagonists was the Cologne design group Pentagon, founded in 1985 by Gerd Arens, Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Reinhard Müller, Ralph Sommer and Meyer Voggenreiter. This show puts furniture, drafts and drawings into their 1980s and 1990s context.

Die Baustelle (the Building Site)

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. December 7, 07.12.2019 to October 23, 23.10.2020

For its special exhibition “Resist! The Art of Resistance” (from 23 Oct 2020), the museum will record personal stories of quiet or vociferous resistance. In its newly created discussion forum “Die Baustelle” the museum will engage in conversation and discussion with visitors, artists, organisations and pressure groups. The exhibition will gradually emerge from an area around the discussion forum and will be based on the ideas of the participants.

Wade Guyton

Museum Ludwig. November 16, 16.11.2019 to March 1, 01.03.2020

Born in 1972, the American artist Wade Guyton has created a conceptually consistent and refreshingly idiosyncratic oeuvre for more than two decades. He is best known for his large-scale canvas paintings made with a conventional inkjet printer, which feature iconic subjects such as flames, the letters X and U, and the New York Times website.

Do not forget your name – The Children of Auschwitz

NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne. November 15, 15.11.2019 to February 23, 23.02.2020

At least 232,000 infants, children and adolescents were deported to Auschwitz from all over Europe or were born there under unimaginable conditions. Only a few survived. They bear the traces of suffering on body and soul. In the exhibition, life stories of children and adolescents who have survived Auschwitz are told on large-format panels. An exhibition of the International Auschwitz Committee in cooperation with the Memorial of German Resistance. Exhibition by Alwin Meyer.

Drunk with Sobriety: Wine and Tea in Chinese Art

Museum of East Asian Art. November 13, 13.11.2019 to May 3, 03.05.2020

In Chinese art, wine and tea as stimulants play a major role at social occasions, as artistic inspiration or as offerings to the spirits of ancestors and to deities. This cabinet exhibition provides insights into the importance and use of wine and tea in millennia of cultural life in China. This show presents sacrificial vessels for wine made of ceramics and bronze that were used in ancestor worship.

Sculpture through the lens of the camera. Alfred Tritschler’s photos of the Schnütgen collection

Museum Schnütgen. November 9, 09.11.2019 to February 16, 16.02.2020

This exhibition follows the view of the photographer Alfred Tritschler (1905–1970) on the collection. In 1948 Tritschler photographed more than 100 of the museum’s artworks. He staged the sculptures with his Leica camera in vivid “portraits” and found an individual artistic expression for these motifs. A selection of some 90 original prints, together with around 30 sculptures, will be shown for the first time.

Inside Rembrandt • 1606-1669

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. November 1, 01.11.2019 to March 1, 01.03.2020

Master painter, virtuoso, genius, star – there are numerous synonyms for Rembrandt, and his art, which is celebrated worldwide, is hugely versatile. What lies behind this multi-facetted artist and his works? This major special exhibition will explore this question and pay homage to the painter on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of his death. The show takes an in-depth look at the world of this Dutch artist.

„Von Jakob zu Jacques – Der Kölner Offenbach“

Historisches Archiv. October 24, 24.10.2019 to April 5, 05.04.2020

(DE) Der Titel der Ausstellung „Von Jakob zu Jacques – Der Kölner Offenbach“ verbindet zwei Ebenen von Leben und Nachleben Offenbachs: Er spielt auf die Kölner Wurzeln Offenbachs und auf das Bild an, das sich mit- und nachlebende Kölnerinnen und Kölner von ihm machten (und das sich vielleicht fundamental von der Wahrnehmung der internationalen Musikwelt unterschied).

Lucia Moholy: Writing Photo History

Museum Ludwig. October 12, 12.10.2019 to February 2, 02.02.2020

On the occasion of the anniversary of the Bauhaus, we will recount how the photographer Lucia Moholy rewrote the history of photography. In addition to her photographs, the Museum Ludwig archives include letters that demonstrate her lively exchange with the photography collector and historian Erich Stenger. The exhibition will cover this work as well as the relationship between Moholy’s writing and photography.

Saints and Ascetics – Jain Miniature Painting from India

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. October 11, 11.10.2019 to February 16, 16.02.2020

The religious community of the Jains from India avoid anything that harms other living beings – humans, animals and plants. Their followers have a vegan lifestyle and live according to a principle of non-violence that is almost unfamiliar in a Western context. This exhibition presents a donation of precious miniatures from the holy Jain scripts dating from the period between the late 14th and the early 17th centuries.

Berliner Realismus

Käthe Kollwitz Museum. October 10, 10.10.2019 to January 26, 26.01.2020

(DE) Rau, ruppig und politisch unbequem: Die Berliner Kunst zur Kaiserzeit besitzt Sprengkraft. Von Wilhelm II. mit dem Verdikt der ›Rinnsteinkunst‹ belegt, widmen sich Künstler der Berliner Secession um 1900 erstmals dezidiert sozialen Themen. Sie begründen eine spezifisch berlinische Tradition des sozialkritischen Realismus, die in der Kunst der Weimarer Republik ihre konsequente Fortsetzung findet.

Norman Seeff. The Look of Sound

Museum of Applied Arts. September 13, 13.09.2019 to March 8, 08.03.2020

Norman Seeff is one of the most famous portrait photographers in the USA and photographed the who's who of the music, art and film scene of the 1960s to 1980s. "The Look of Sound" combines more than 170 photographs, including mostly original vintage prints, but also sketches and collages. Also on view are videos taken during Seeff's photo sessions.

COLOGNE-ON-SEINE: The Pavilion of the City of Cologne at the Paris World Exhibition of 1937

Cologne City Museum. August 24, 24.08.2019 to January 26, 26.01.2020

Paris in summer 1937: For the last time, countries come together for a seemingly peaceful rendezvous at the World Exhibition. Cologne was the only city worldwide to set up its own pavilion. 19-year-old Cologne photographer Karl Hugo Schmölz documented the World Exhibition and the contribution of Cologne in brilliant photographs. This document of an exciting episode in the Franco-German relationship gives visitors an impressive panorama of the important year 1937.

COLOGNE-ON-RHINE: A journey through time

Cologne City Museum. August 24, 24.08.2019 to January 26, 26.01.2020

In 1947 the young photographer Karl Hugo Schmölz (*1917) documented this ravaged city of the post-war era. In his photographs he followed the model of the images of Cologne that his father, Hugo Schmölz (*1879), had taken in the 1920s and 30s and photographed squares, buildings and streets from the same angle. Images from the years 1994 and 2018 complement these photos to create a vivid and forceful portrait of the city.