The Museum Ludwig is the city of Cologne’s museum for modern and contemporary art. It is named after the donors Peter and Irene Ludwig. With their donation of 350 works of modern art, in 1976 the couple laid the foundation for the museum, which is now located in the center of the city next to the Cologne Cathedral.
With the largest Pop Art collection outside the United States, the third-largest Picasso collection in the world, and focuses on Expressionism and the Russian avant-garde, the Museum Ludwig is a world-class museum. It is also home to an important and comprehensive collection of photography including some 70,000 works from the beginning of the medium to the present. Lesser known yet still important for the profile of the institution are the works by artists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This global orientation will become increasingly important in the future. After all, a collection is never complete.