Current exhibitions

Family Ties: The Schröder Donation

Museum Ludwig. July 13, 13.07.2019 to September 29, 29.09.2019

The exhibition Family Ties: The Schroeder Donation shows the idiosyncratic and sensual side of art from the 1990s and 2000s. During this time, a new art scene formed in Cologne: new galleries were opened by the likes of Christian Nagel, the magazine Texte zur Kunst was founded, and an artist collective ran the alternative exhibition space Friesenwall 120. The Rhineland - in an intensive exchange with New York - developed into one of the intellectual centers of the decade.

Kollwitz in the Dining Room – Not an “easy meal” to digest

Insights into private Kollwitz collections

Käthe Kollwitz Museum. July 4, 04.07.2019 to September 29, 29.09.2019

The large number of private Kollwitz collections worldwide reflect the enduring fascination with the artist’s work. What is the source of this enthusiasm? The summer exhibition at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne will feature three collectors talking about their passion for Käthe Kollwitz and providing photographic insights into their lives with the artist’s often less than easily digestible artistic fare.

It’s a gift! – Exchange of Dipomatic Presents

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. June 7, 07.06.2019 to January 5, 05.01.2020

On the occasion of state visits it is customary to exchange gifts. But what do these diplomatic gifts tell us? The museum will present around 30 previously unexhibited state gifts from 15 non-European countries such as Togo, Mexico and Indonesia. The elaborate carvings, sophisticated ceramics and replicas of famous originals will be shown as ›interventions‹ in the permanent collection.

Benjamin Katz: Berlin Havelhöhe, 1960/1961

Museum Ludwig. June 7, 07.06.2019 to September 22, 22.09.2019

Benjamin Katz became known in the 1980s as a fixture of the art scene in West Germany. On the occasion of the eightieth birthday of Benjamin Katz (born on June 14, 1939, in Antwerp, Belgium), the Museum Ludwig will present his series of photographs Berlin Havelhöhe (1960/1961), which has never before been shown in its entirety.

Albert Speer in West Germany. Dealing with Germany’s past

NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne. June 7, 07.06.2019 to August 18, 18.08.2019

During the Third Reich, Albert Speer was the country’s leading architect and in charge of large-scale projects such as the Nazi party Rally grounds and the radical reconstruction of Berlin. In 1946 he was given a 20-year prison sentence by the Allies at the Nuremberg Trials. When Speer was released from prison in Berlin-Spandau in 1966 he was confronted with thousands of curious bystanders and dozens of microphones and cameras of international reporters.

We • Believe • Art. Master Drawings from the Cologne Jesuit Collection

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. May 24, 24.05.2019 to August 18, 18.08.2019

The Wallraf will set out on an investigation into its own past. For the first time in its long history Cologne’s first ever museum will Showcase its outstanding Jesuit Collection, which already entered the Museum as a permanent loan in the 1880s. This collection of around 500 works, together with the drawings amassed by Ferdinand Franz Wallraf, has to this day constituted the foundation of the Print Collection with ist over 65,000 works.

ParallelUNIversum?! Köln und seine Universität seit 1919

Historisches Archiv. May 7, 07.05.2019 to November 10, 10.11.2019

(DE) Die Ausstellung möchte besonders das Verhältnis von Stadt und Universität in den Blick nehmen und neben der Darstellung der historischen Entwicklung, zusätzliche ausgewählte Schwerpunkte der gemeinsamen Stadt- und Universitätsgeschichte thematisieren.

Fiona Tan: GAAF. Part of the Artist Meets Archive series

Museum Ludwig. May 4, 04.05.2019 to August 11, 11.08.2019

At the Museum Ludwig, the photographer, video artist, and filmmaker Fiona Tan (*1966 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands) will work with the archive of the Agfa advertising department, which has been packed away in storage for forty years. The archive comprises an estimated 25,000 photographs and negatives from the Agfa advertising department.

Antje Van Wichelen. Noisy Images

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World. May 4, 04.05.2019 to July 21, 21.07.2019

The Historical Photo Archives of the Rautenstrauch- Joest-Museum (RJM) will make its collection accessible for the first time for a Joint project: At the invitation of Photoszene Köln, six international artists will examine groups of works at Cologne’s museums to make possible new perspectives of the collection through their own, specific views and artistic practice. The Belgian artist Antje van Wichelen will work as an Artist in Residence at the RJM.

2 of 14. Two Cologne-born Artists at the Bauhaus

Museum of Applied Arts. April 12, 12.04.2019 to August 11, 11.08.2019

The exhibition honors the work of the ceramic artist Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein (1899-1990) in combination with stage designs by her cousin Marianne Ahlfeld-Heymann (1905-2003), both of whom studied at the Bauhaus.

Wolfgang Hahn Prize 2018. Jac Leirner

Museum Ludwig. April 10, 10.04.2019 to July 21, 21.07.2019

In 2019, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig will recognize Jac Leirner with the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The Brazilian artist, born in São Paulo in 1961, has been pursuing a subtle analysis of social and representational systems for many years. Found, often industrially manufactured everyday objects from which she creates installations, collages, and sculptures.

All under Heaven. The Museum of East Asian Art by the Aachener Weiher – 40 Years

Museum of East Asian Art. November 17, 17.11.2018 to October 6, 06.10.2019

40 years ago the new building of the Museum for East Asian Art opened at Aachener Weiher. This building, designed by the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, gave the museum a new home after the original museum, founded in 1909, was destroyed in World War II.

The Sunday of Life. Lifestyle in the Baroque

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud. July 13, 13.07.2018 to August 19, 19.08.2019

Rustling gowns, stately backdrops, exotic fruits and elegant accessories - the portraits and still lives from the baroque era mostly point to the sunny side of life. But not rarely concealed behind the figures and decorative arrangements are tales of adventure and crossed destinies. In its new presentation from the collection, The Sunday of Life, the Wallraf will feature particularly charming, rarely shown or freshly restored paintings on their very own stage.

KölnSkulptur #9

Skulpturenpark Köln. October 15, 15.10.2017 to September 30, 30.09.2019

(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.