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A view towards France


The orientation of the museum to French art of the 20 th century, particularly to developments after 1945 up to the present time, is unique in Germany. The Ludwig collection and the ever-changing exhibitions stimulate a fruitful dialogue, creating and expanding relationships and subject-matter.

For us it is important to extend this uniqueness. We are a young, vital museum with the goal of presenting the art of our neighbouring country. We want to present current developments as well as the continuity and classics of the 20 th century (e.g. André Masson 1997; Jean Lurçat 2001). But we don't look only towards France, we also look to the international art scene. This often leads to reciprocal influences and artistic stimulations as, for example, in the comprehensive exhibition "Deutschland Frankreich. Dialoge der Kunst im XX. Jahrhundert". To these are added important monographic exhibitions, which either build on our collection - such as "Arman - works on paper" (2000); "Ben Vautier - Is nothingness important?" (2002); "Bernar Venet - Works from the 60's up to the 90's" (2002), – or present issues of social relevance, such as "Bettina Rheims & Serge Bramly, I.N.R.I." (2000), "Lucinda Devlin: Omega Suites", (2002), or "Cultural Identity? - Beni Cohen-Or, Hegameh Mahvi, Masumi Hayashi, Qi Yang" (2002).

Because a close network of museums has developed internationally as a result of the Ludwig collection, the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz is able to enter into important coalitions with other museums. This was and is decisive for comprehensive exhibition projects, such as, for example, in autumn 2002, when all the works for the exhibition "Sehnsucht und Aufbruch - Der russiche Symbolismus" came from the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg .

Meanwhile we are working closely not only with numerous institutions and museums in France , often with support of the French embassy and the AFAA, but also we have close relations to American artists and institutions, to Southern Europe, the Near East , the Emirates, to China etc. Our intention is to present and support internationally relevant art.

We are up-to-date and inventive, without neglecting our locality and the region. The feedback of our visitors is important to us. Within the framework of our possibilities we try to undertake attractive additional programmes, characterized by lectures, dialogues with artists, concerts, museum festivities, museum nights and more. We live only when people talk about us and enter into discussions with us.

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