Wallraff-Richartz Museum/ Museum Ludwig, Cologne
This is a modern building, designed and rebuilt after the war, this is not just Museum Ludwig but a huge complex housing other museums.
The Museum Ludwig is a museum of Modern Art, the Wallraf Richartz houses older paintings dating back to the 14th Century, and the AGFA foto Historama has a photography collection.
Its just wondeful having such a fine collection of museums all together here, in a modern building in the centre of old Cologne.
I loved the Ludwig museum! It has an amazing collection of contemporary art. As soon as you walk in you'll spot the Warhol Marilyns and that will draw you to the lower level which has some of his Brillo and Campbell soup boxes among other well known artists such as Jasper Johns and David Hockney.
The top level is the best and I'm so glad I went back to this museum as I didn't have time to see it on my first visit. This floor houses one of the largest collections of Picasso's work in the world (some very well known) and an amazing Dali.
And be sure to go out back behind it and check out the "urban" David sculpture. However, if the orchestra is rehearsing in it's space below, you'll only be able to stand on the steps below him. Due to a design fault, walking here can cause distracting noise to the musicians below. Oops.
1. Wallraf. The Museum.
2. In the museum
This is a major art museum which was founded in the nineteenth century. Officially it has a more complicated name, the "Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud", but when they moved in to their modern new building in 2001 they decided they needed a shorter and snappier name, so for marketing purposes it is now: "Wallraf. The Museum."
In the basement there is a large area for temporary exhibitions. When we were there in the summer of 2010 they were showing landscape paintings by three leading German impressionist painters: Max Liebermann (1847-1935), Lovis Corinth (1858–1925) and Max Slevogt (1868–1932).
On the upper three floors there is a very impressive permanent exhibition of art works from the 13th to 19th (and early 20th) centuries, including what they say is the world's largest collection of medieval art on the first floor (one flight up).
The most popular floor is the second, where art works from the 17th and 18th centuries are on display, including major paintings by Rembrandt, Boucher, Rubens and van Dyck.
Museum Ludwig is a modern art museum with a very impressive collection. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali, among many others. I loved my visit here, and would recommend it to almost everyone. It might not be a good idea to bring very small children, but everybody else should find something to enjoy.
Admission is 10euro/adult.
Two private art collections of highest quality and value which were donated to the public are the base of Cologne’s art gallery – one of Germany’s greatest collections of fine arts from the middle ages to contemporary. In the 1980s the new museum building on the Rhine bank, next to the cathedral, was built to unite the two museums under one roof.
Wallraf-Richartz owns an important collection of medieval paintings from Cologne and other landscapes. Other priorities are Dutch and Flemish art of the 16th-18th century and 19th century French and German art. The collection was already opened to the public in 1861.
Museum Ludwig focuses on 20th century and contemporary art. The collection contains all the big names of the classical modern and keeps growing.
If you are interested in modern architecture, the 1980s building is worth a closer look, too.
In Museum Ludwig next to cathedral and Roman germanic museum you will find the finest art of the 20th and 21st century.
This museum hosts the biggest pop art collection outside the US and shows a lot of stuff my Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein. There's also a big collection of Picasso paintings here.
Another great art museum in Cologne is the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Here you will find the more classic pieces by artists such as Dürer, Rubens or Rodin.
The funny thing about the building is that there's a table of content inside the facade. You can read the names of the artists included in the collection "off the wall" ;-)
After buying a ticket and walking into the museum, I went to the lower (basement) level first after having visited the Ladies room which is between the first floor and it. At this time there's an exhibit focused on animals there (portraits of and other representations of) which I personally found very uninteresting. I was wondering if I'd made a mistake visiting here but then I went up to the first floor and pleasantly surprised to learn that I hadn't!
I found a beautiful and vast collection of medieval paintings, some of which I found myself staring at for several minutes just to take in all the detail. The top floor also had an impressive collection of Baroque paintings by artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt. And hey, that's nothing to sniff at!
Cologne's famous art museum stands next to the Dom and the central station so it is an excellent way to spend time if you wait for train connections and therefore you have no excuse not to visit it. This is about modern art, including Andy Warhol, and you always tend to find both disgusting and wonderful pieces in such museums depending on your taste and the artists' attempts at being provocative.
It is a very modern building just behind the Cathedral and the Römish Germanish museum and seems to some extent out of place because of this. It houses a huge collection of modern and contemporary art. It was founded in 1976 with a gift of 350 works of modern art by the Ludwigs and became the first museum in Cologne to exhibit contemporary art. It houses huge collection of German, Russian and American contemporary art. This building was designed by the architects Peter Busmann and Godfried Haberer and was opened in 1986.
The Wallraff-Richartz museum (named after 19th century art collectors whose collections are the centerpiece of the exhibition) is an excellent art museum with a focus on medieval, baroque and 18th/19th century paintings. One of my favourite art museums in Germany with a supreme collection and regular temporary exhibitions. Near the Old Town Hall and Gürzenich (well sign-posted).
Housed in a modern clean cut building (entrance is off the Am Hof one block east of cathedral), the Ludwig Museum houses some of the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. Picasso is also featured here.
The main highlight of this museum is the largest collection of pop art pieces outside the US.
Entrance is 4 Euros. Museum is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 11am to 6pm on weekends.
This is Cologne's oldest museum, begun in the 19th century with a collection of Gothic works by local artists. That group of works is still one of the main attractions. The Ludwig Museum displays works from 1900's until the present day. The Wallraf-Richartz Museum houses art from the 1300's to the 1900's. Several well-known works from churches are exhibited as well, including the triptych of the Madonna with the Vetch Flower (1410). The painting collection represents nearly every period and school, from the Dutch and Flemish masters to the French impressionists to American art of the 1960s and 1970s (the famous Ludwig Donation).
(Photo from www.museenkoeln.de)
To quote the museum themselves:
"The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud is cologne's oldest museum and one of the foremost picture galleries in Germany."
The work on show dates from the 13th Century through to the 20th Century. there are a range of exhibitions held in the facility - thus there is often a fluctuating admission fee.
The museum has a shop and a cafe.
Opening hours for the museum are like most others on Cologne - Tuesday through to Sunday, the opening hours vary, but weekdays they are openm from 10.00 through to 18.00 (22.00 on a Thursday night) and weekends they open from 11.00 through to 18.00.
Closed on Mondays - 1 January, the six days of Carnival (Carnival Thursday to Shrove Tuesday), closed 24 and 25 December and 31 December.
Museums...well there are probably some very good museums, but as this was a friend-visiting trip, we didn't set aside much time for museums. This picture is of the Ludwig museum ( please don't ask me what is inside!) which is next door to the Philharmonie (concert hall). This is unusual, as it is built underneath a public square which is closed off during performances - don't think you can ruin a concert by stamping on the roof, as security guards form a human chain around the square preventing entry.