Period: October 14(Fri.), 2022 - January 22(Sun.), 2023
Closed: Mondays (exception December 26, 2022 and January 9, 2023), December 29(Thu.), 2022 - January 3(Tue.), 2023
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 *10:00-20:00 on Fridays *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Venue: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
26-1, Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8344
Organized by: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Nikkei Inc.; Television Osaka, Inc.; BS-TBS, INC.; The Kyoto Shimbun
With the support of: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Osaka-Kobe
With the sponsorship of: Iwatani Corporation; Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.; DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.; TAKENAKA CORPORATION; Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Admission(tax included): Adults: 2,000 yen (1,800 yen), College students: 1,100 yen (900 yen), High school students: 600 yen (400 yen)
*Figures in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more.
*Junior high school students and younger are free (with valid ID).
*Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)
*Collection gallery exhibition is available with this ticket.
Inquiries: (+81) 75-761-4111
Period: June 29(Wed.) - September 26(Mon.), 2022
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, Inc.; TBS RADIO, INC.
With the sponsorship of: Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.; DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.; Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Admission (tax included): 2,000 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (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 ID.
Inquiries: (+81) 47-316-2772 (Hello Dial)
About This Exhibition
The National Art Center, Tokyo and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto will host
Museum Ludwig, Cologne – History of a Collection with Civic Commitments as a presentation of the Museum Ludwig’s superlative collection of art from the early 20th century to today.
Administered by the City of Cologne, the Museum Ludwig features collections largely formed of works donated by private citizens. The patrons were people who lived through the tumult of the 20th century—two world wars, followed by the division of Germany and then its reunification. They suffered the same adversities, stood up to new challenges, and turned their eyes to contemporary artists inspired by the winds of change sweeping across society.
This exhibition spotlights the Museum Ludwig’s signature collections with a focus on the private collectors who supplied the works. Among the donors are the Ludwigs, the namesake couple who were the face of the museum during their lifetime. Peter, an entrepreneur, and Irene studied art history together as university students and later bestowed upon the museum the pieces that form the cornerstone of its holdings—Europe’s finest array of Pop Art, precious examples of Russian Avant-garde, and many outstanding Picassos. There is also Josef Haubrich, a Cologne lawyer who contributed the bulk of the museum’s assemblage of modern German art, particularly works of German Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). Soon after the end of World War II, he gifted the City of Cologne with the exceptional art he had protected from the ravages of that conflict, and in doing so provided hope to his compatriots. In addition to these mainstays, the exhibition also presents selections from a photography collection of astonishing quality and size that evolved from works sold or donated by L. Fritz and Renate Gruber, as well as pieces acquired since the beginning of this century through diverse initiatives for energizing the contemporary art scene.
The Museum Ludwig has long served as a nexus that links the commitment of art lovers with the community through their gifts and support. The exhibition’s 152 selections—encompassing oil paintings, sculptures, other 3D artworks, videos, photographs, and more—are a testament to the vibrant interaction between art museums and citizens. It is hoped that this presentation will be an opportunity for visitors to reexamine art museums’ roles and significance within our society.
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.
Josef Haubrich (1889/Cologne – 1961/Bad Münstereifel)
It was in 1923 that Josef Haubrich, a Cologne-based lawyer with a penchant for collecting art, began earnestly gathering works of German modern art, including examples of German Expressionism and Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). A decade later, the Nazi Party assumed control of the German government under Adolf Hitler and subsequently confiscated pieces of modern and abstract art it deemed “degenerate” from public art museums across the country. Those works, many of which are highly acclaimed today, were disparagingly displayed at the
Degenerate Art Exhibition in 1937. Haubrich started to quietly collect the seized works, sometimes purchasing them from Nazi-supported dealers, and continued to do so even during World War II. In 1946, months after war’s end, he donated to the City of Cologne the vast collection of masterpieces he had defended from the ravages of conflict. The works were first publicly shown at the old premises of the University of Cologne. This exhibition is said to have awed 21-year-old student Peter Ludwig, becoming a major inspiration for his later patronage of art museums. Afterwards, for the nearly nine years until the reconstruction of the war-destroyed Wallraf-Richartz Museum, the Haubrich collection toured across Germany and Europe, bringing hope to many of those who set eyes upon it.
Peter Ludwig (1925/Kobrenz – 1996/Aachen)
Irene Ludwig (1927/Aachen – 2010/Aachen)
Peter Ludwig and Irene Monheim studied art history together at the University of Mainz and married in 1951, the year after Peter received a doctorate for his research on Picasso. Peter later took over the helm of the Monheim family business and achieved considerable success as a businessman. Early in their marriage the couple began collecting art under the concept of “world art,” eventually amassing a broad spectrum that spanned from ancient and medieval works to folk and contemporary art. In 1969, Cologne’s Wallraf-Richartz Museum hosted
Art of the Sixties, a grand showing of their collection, then largely made up of works from the Pop Art movement that flourished throughout that decade. The tremendous sensation created by the much-talked-about exhibition opened the Ludwigs’ eyes to the social impact of art—and inspired them to donate hundreds of works to Cologne in 1976, under the condition that the city would build an art museum focused on 20th century art. The couple continued to support art museums across Europe in the ensuing years, developing a signature reputation for sharing their collection with the public through their backing of public art museums. Following Peter’s death in 1996, Irene launched the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation and expanded her patronage to countries such as Cuba and China. Today, the collection encompasses some 14,000 pieces of art donated or entrusted to nearly 30 public institutions across three continents, with 12 of those centers bearing the Ludwig name.
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne © A.R.
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.