As one of the five german ‘Ludwig Museums’, the Ludwig Museum in Coblenz in the historic building of the Teutonic Order (‘Deutscher Orden’) was opened in September 1992 with the “Atelier de France” exhibition and focuses on contemporary art. The collection is based on a part of the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig who have given to the museum an amount of important masterpieces permanently or on loan. Besides works from Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella and Jasper Johns, you find primarily works from French artists like Pierre Soulages, Daniel Buren, Christian Boltanski, Robert Combas and Jean Dubuffet. In this way, the museum presents classics of artist groups, such as ‘Support / Surface’, the ‘Nouveaux Réalistes’ or the ‘Figuration libre’. With this unique focus on current French art, the Ludwig Museum closes a significant gap in the German museum landscape and performs a special mediating function.
Ludwig Collection. Andy Warhol, Portrait Peter Ludwig, 1980, Acryl on Canvas and Jean Dubuffet, La flamme de bougie, 1968. Copyright: Bogdan Harstall
The Ludwig Museum has exhibition rooms over four floors and also makes use of the adjoining “Blumenhof”, which is ideal as an exhibition area for three-dimensional works. The portfolio of the museum includes César’s “Thumb” and the “Place of remembrance and forgetfulness” installation by Anne and Patrick Poirier, who developed this work especially for the museum. But not only the collection is striking by its extraordinary pieces, also the exhibitions are attracting visitors from the region as well as from around the globe. The Museum presents contemporary, international and renowned positions, for instance Mel Ramos (2015), Julian Schnabel (2016) or Tony Cragg (2017).