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Museum Ludwig

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.

About this Blog

With support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the collection research fellowship on American art at Museum Ludwig encourages the production of new scholarship in a museum context and enhances an ongoing dialogue about US postwar visual arts in Europe. During a two-year period, the Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellow will conduct an in-depth study of the Museum Ludwig’s holdings in American art, with a focus on issues from postcolonial, gender, and queer studies. This blog is dedicated to publishing and sharing the fellow’s findings as research unfolds.


About the Author

Janice Mitchell has been working as a Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellow in American Art at the Museum Ludwig since July 2018. In addition to twentieth-century American art, her research interests are in contemporary art and critical artistic practice. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate at the Central Saint Martins in London.

Established in 1978 by businessman, art collector, and United States Ambassador-at-Large for Cultural Affairs Daniel J. Terra (1911–1996), the Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them. The fellowship exemplifies the internationally collaborative projects residing at the heart of the Terra Foundation’s mission.

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