Art between celebration, gratitude and pensiveness Masterpieces from the Peter and Irene Ludwig Collection From antiquity to Albrecht Dürer up to Roy Lichtenstein
23.09.2018 bis 13.01.2019
LUDWIGGALERIE will be 20 next year and is celebrating this with a major theme exhibition. That art in all times and cultures viewed gesture as one of the most important means of expression was a fact already known to Leonardo da Vinci: art is a "silent" form of literature. Facial expression, body language and gestures replace words and non-verbal communication is of central importance for fundamentally getting along with each other. Gestures are the general means of comprehension, and in particular beyond the borders of language.
The name-giving collectors of the LUDWIGGALERIE, the Aachen married couple of Peter and Irene Ludwig, gathered together in their extensive art collection works from Antiquity to contemporary times, from pre-Columbian art to the European Middle Ages, from Cuba to Bucharest and from Picasso to the Russian avant-garde. Since the re-inauguration of the former municipal gallery as an exhibition building under the quality seal of the LUDWIGGALERIE, major exhibitions from the holdings have been repeatedly shown. The gesture of gratitude is surely not amiss, in addition to the sense of tension between celebration and pensiveness.
RUHR-CHEMIE in photography – in cooperation with the LVR Industry Museum Oberhausen In cooperation with the LVR-Industriemuseum Oberhausen
16.09.2018 bis 24.02.2019
On the 90th anniversary of Ruhrchemie, LVR Industriemuseum and LUDWIGGALERIE present a twin exhibition for the first time dedicated to this important industrial sector as captured in photography. Since Ruhrchemie AG established itself in Oberhausen-Holten in 1928, many photographers from highly diverse professions – both amateurs and professionals and with or without commissions – have photographed the people working there and the products created. These also include prominent names such as Albert Renger-Patzsch, Hugo Schmölz, Robert Häusser and Ludwig Windstosser. The heterogeneity of the images is what makes the presentation so fascinating – with some of the photos of unknown protagonists being rather peculiar.
The exhibition in the Kleines Schloss of the LUDWIGGALERIE and the nearby Peter Behrens building is connected by a recently laid historic path. In this way, going from one part of the exhibition to the other can also be accompanied by industrial history.