Museum Ludwig is a must for art lovers! As one of the outstanding cultural attractions in Cologne it houses an important collection of modern and contemporary art.
I usually visit Museum Ludwig on the occasion of special exhibitions, but I recently rediscovered the amazing permanent collection of German expressionists and North American Pop-Art. The ensemble of the latter was donated to the City of Cologne in 1976 by Irene and Peter Ludwig, name-givers to the museum. The art works of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns among others are nowadays one of the museum’s highlights.
I also adore the art works of local Gerhard Richter, which are represented in the museum together with other famous artists from the “Rhineland” such as Joseph Beuys, A.R. Penck and Georg Baselitz.
There is a lot to discover… take your time to wander around the beautiful building!
One artwork that I would have never paid attention to is located on the rooftop: You’ll find a memorial sign by Endre Tót, a Hungarian neo-avantgarde artist. It is set into the pavement and says “I am glad that I have been here”. I got the hint about this artwork by Budapest spotter Kálmán who wrote an article on an equal memorial sign in Budapest and when I finally found it, the meaning of the inscription came true: I felt very happy that I had been there!
And by the way: when you raise your head, you’ll have a very uncommon view of the cathedral!