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)
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" ;-)
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.
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.
A great place to visit - cafe and shop good too. Good views from upper floors and a good mix of exhibits. Modern and Contemporary Art is the name of the game here!
The Museum Ludwig houses an excellent collection of 20 and 21 st century art. It has very good collection of expressionists and also some famous Picasso paintings!
Full wheelchair access.