Wallraff-Richartz Museum/ Museum Ludwig, Cologne
After spending 2 very enriching days at the Wallraff-Richartz Art Museum,I spent a fine day perusing the Ludwig Art Museum's fine collection of 20th Century Art.This art museum has extraordinarily wonderful collection of paintings by the giants of German Expressionism.German Expressionists very well-represented included Ernst Ludwig Kirschner("Railroad Viaduct")("Nude With Hat"),Erich Heckel("Canal in Berlin"),Otto Mueller("2 Nudes"),Otto Dix("Doctor Hans Koch"),Max Beckmann("Lovers,Green and Yellow"),Max Pechstein,and Oskar Kokoshka("Dresden,Neustadt"-Austrian painter,among others. Other European painters very well-represented included:Pablo Picasso("Reclining Nude With Bird"),Kees Van Dongen("Portrait of Lady"),Andre Derain("Saint Paul in Vence"),Marc Chagall("Sabbath"),Wassily Kandinsky("Dubowski Square,Moscow")and Natalia Goncharova among others.Americans well-represented included; Morris Louis("Alpha Rho"),Jackson Pollock,Sol Lewitt("Red Squares"),and William Copley("Couple").Like the Wallraff-Richartz Art Museum,there is labelling in English as well as German and plenty of information in English.There was a very comprehensive temporary exhibit of paintings by American Joan Mitchell,but I prefer more realistic works of Art.
After spending a great day enjoying its Late Medieval,Renaissance,Mannerist,and Baroque paintings,I returned to spend another enriching day savoring its fine German paintings.I saw delightful German paintings by Casper David Friederich("Cross at the Black Sea"),Carl Rottmann("Cefalu"),Anselm Feuerbach,Arnold Bocklin,Frederick Nerly("Grotto at Pusillippo"),Max Liebermann("Bleaching Ground"),Lovis Corinth("Self Portrait in White Smock"),and , Max Slevogt,among others.I also appreciated its fine French paintings by Gustave Courbet(("Lady of Frankfurt"),Camille Corot,Pierre Renoir("Couple"),Camille Pissarro,and Gustave Caillebotte("Yellow Field").I was also very impressed with the wonderful temporary Gottfried Schalken exhibit featuring great paintings by this Candlelight Mannerist Master,especially his"Portrait of William the Second".This excellent art museum has plenty of labelling and information in English for the benefit of non=Germans.it was a privilege being in this art museum.
I really liked the Ludwig museum, it was really nice when you're interested in art. They have famous artists like Picasso in their collection and the museum show off with the best art made by these famous painters. I don't recommend it for small children and groups of teenagers who have no interest in art and paintings. It had a really nice atmosphere and the museums architecture was really simple and minimalistic. I definitely recommend the museum.
Address: Cologne, close to the DomRelated to:
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.
Address: Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln
Directions: Directly behind the cathedral.
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.
Address: Obenmarspforten, 50667 Cologne
Directions: next to the Rathaus and the Rathaus Platz - adjacent to Neumarkt
Phone: 00 49 (0) 221 221-21119
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.
Address: Bischofsgartenstraße 1, D-50667
Directions: It's next to the Dom and by the river.
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!
Address: Martinstraße 39, 50667
Directions: Right by the Rathaus
Phone: 0221-221/2 11 19
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.
Address: Bischofsgartenstraße 1
Directions: Behind the Domplatte and the Dome itself, along the river.
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.
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.
GPS 50°56'14.28" North; 6°57'30.30" East
Phone: +49 (0) 221 221-21119
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.
Directions: Next to cathedral and Hohenzollernbrücke, behind Römisch-Germanisches Museum
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).
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.
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)
Address: Bischofsgartenstr. 1, 50667 Koln