Founded in 1985, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst brings people together, who are ‘experts on and lovers of art; people for whom this subtle combination entails a sense of responsibility for art,’ as stated in the preamble to the Gesellschaft’s charter. Since its foundation, the Gesellschaft has supported a number of the museum’s various exhibitions and projects
Permanent Collection at the Museum Ludwig
The permanent collection with outstanding works of modern and contemporary art is the heart of the Museum Ludwig. Yilmaz Dziewior, Director of the Museum Ludwig, and his team of curators have conceived a new presentation of the permanent collection, which was completed in late March 2016.
The Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst supported the presentation of the permanent collection in the years 2015–2017 with a total of 100,000 Euros. The City of Cologne doubled this amount with a matching grant. The Museum Ludwig thus received a total of 100,000 Euros in 2015 Euro, and 50,000 Euros each for the years 2016 and 2017.
The realisation of exhibitions is one of the core activities of the Museum Ludwig. One focus of our commitment is thus also the support of special exhibitions.
Since 2001 the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst has substantially supported the presentation of more than twenty exhibitions in the Museum Ludwig, including: James Rosenquist. Painting as Immersion (2017/18), Art Into Life! Collector Wolfgang Hahn and the 60s (2017), Fernand Léger. Painting in Space (2016), HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig: Heimo Zobernig (2016), Ludwig goes Pop (2014), David Hockney (2012), Joel Shapiro (2011) and Edward Hopper (2004).
Wolfgang Hahn Prize
The annual awarding of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize is one of the highlights of our commitment to the Museum Ludwig. The prize is endowed with a maximum of 100,000 Euros financed from contributions and donations from our members and earmarked for the acquisition of a work by the honoured artist for the collection of the museum. The sponsors BAUWENS and Ebner Stolz and support the evening of the award ceremony and a publication on the acquisition.
Catalogues and Publications
With the goal of fostering the interest in and the engagement with art on various levels, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst has published or helped to publish numerous exhibition catalogues and publications on current topics revolving around modern andcontemporary art, including the publications accompanying the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, the catalogue to the exhibition ‘Joan Mitchell. Retrospective. Her Life and Paintings’, and the new catalogue of the collection of the Museum Ludwig, which is currently being prepared for publication.
kunst:dialoge and "Junge Nacht"
The so-called ‘kunst:dialoge’ provide a platform for an open exchange on topics of modern and contemporary art among peers. Art history students from the universities in Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf are trained as art mediators and answer art-related questions in the Museum Ludwig on selected dates. The highlight of the program of the ‘kunst:dialoge’ is the ‘Junge Nacht': Here, art enthusiasts are given the opportunity to discover the collection of the Museum Ludwig together with thirty young experts until midnight.
The ‘kunst:dialoge’ were initiated in 2003 by a group of young students in cooperation with the Museum Ludwig and the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst and are supported by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst.
Special Projects and Lectures
It is especially ‘out of the ordinary’ events and projects that make an institution like the Museum Ludwig a lively and innovative venue. Lectures, film screenings, readings and musical performances open new perspectives onto art. Time and again, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst thus supports individual events and projects, such as former director Kasper König’s benefit auction ‘Artists for the Museum Ludwig’ in 2012.
With the public lecture series Art in Context the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst also invites a broad public to engage in selected topics revolving around art theory and practice (free admission).