Thanks to its unique collection and exhibition program, the Museum Ludwig has enjoyed long-standing ties with the USA. So much so, that for a long time now, members of the art community in America have been telling us that they’d love to see more opportunities for getting involved with the Museum Ludwig at home.
So in 2018 we launched the international wing of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst on the other side of the Atlantic. Its aim is to raise funds for both acquisitions and new projects in a more coordinated way. This seems particularly appropriate to us because American artists and sensibilities figure so largely in our collection and activities.
We are grateful to Andrea Fraser, who has given the final push for this, as well as to Barbara Kruger and Wade Guyton, who have both supported the project from the beginning.
by Andrea Fraser
“Supporting modern and contemporary art and its institutions today must mean more than paying membership fees or giving donations of money or art. It also
must mean defending the values and structures that enabled modernist and avantgarde culture to develop and thrive and that enable museums to present and reflect that culture with autonomy and integrity.
So I urge you to join the International Society of the Museum Ludwig Cologne and give to the museum, not (just) for exclusive parties, international trips, and the tax benefits, but to support and defend a public institution that represents and promotes the values of an open, tolerant, democratic society.”
Andrea Fraser, “Remarks for the Launch of the International Society Museum Ludwig, Cologne, January 8, 2017” (excerpts)
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