Current exhibitions

Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations

Museum Ludwig.
September 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021

After a long period in which the subject was taboo, an increasing number of museums are opening up to a transparent accounting of counterfeit works, exchanging insights, and, if necessary, deciding to write off works from their collections. With a studio exhibition on the Russian avantgarde, the Museum Ludwig is asking questions about the authenticity of works in its collection.

ART DÉCO. Graphic Design from Paris

Käthe Kollwitz Museum.
September 25, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Intertwining floral shapes and austere geometric elements, contrastive colours, and clear, yet playful, typography – in the 1920s, Art Déco graphic design brings together elements that seem antagonistic. Expressive posters, illustrations and advertisements reflect the colourful themes of the period. New forms of advertising for fashion jewellery haute couture, jazz, dance, or for technological achievements such as modern sports cars and impressive cruise liners.

Was ist das, was sich Die schwarze Lade nennt

Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek (art and museum library).
September 19, 2020 to November 8, 2020

(DE) Die Ausstellung gibt einen Einblick in „Die Schwarze Lade“, dem 1981 gegründeten, internationalen Kölner Performance Art Archiv. Es werden mit einmaligen Exponaten die Geschichte und Bestände gezeigt, sowie Arbeits- und Forschungsvorhaben mit den Materialien der „Schwarzen Lade“ veranschaulicht.

The Shadows of Things # 1

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World.
September 11, 2020 to January 3, 2021

This is the first in a new series of exhibitions staged by the museum – “ … of things #”. This first instalment focusses on four objects with a special biographical background from Cambodia, Canada, New Zealand and Nigeria. The installation approaches their histories, their presence or absence, and their repercussions on life today. It invites visitors to explore the biographies of these four objects and see them in a different light.

The Reich Ministry of Labour 1933 – 1945. Civil servants in the Nazi regime

NS-Documentation Center of the City of Cologne.
August 21, 2020 to October 25, 2020

This exhibition explores the history of the Reich Ministry of Labour during the Nazi period and demonstrates to what extent this ministry – previously usually categorised as without influence – supported the Nazi regime. In six chapters, the structure and staff of the Reich Ministry of Labour are presented, as are its main areas of activity – from retirement insurance and employment laws to the organisation of forced labour.

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.

Mapping the Collection

Museum Ludwig.
June 19, 2020 to October 11, 2020

The exhibition takes a new look at two influential decades in American (art) history: the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Museum Ludwig’s collection by female, queer, and indigenous artists as well as artists of color who are not represented in the collection, as an impetus for a broader reception of American art.

„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.

Poetry of the Sea. Dutch Marine Painting

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud.
May 21, 2020 to February 28, 2021

In the 17th century the Netherlands was one of the richest nations in the world, not only economically, but also culturally. At its peak, there were 700 painters producing about 70,000 paintings a year, which is why the era is still called the ‘Golden Age’. The prosperity and success of the young republic depended on its command of the oceans and inland waters. Its strong sense of identity as a seafaring nation also inspired artists. A new genre arose: marine painting.

Die Baustelle (the Building Site)

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the World.
December 7, 2019 to October 23, 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.