FIX AND FOXI
Rolf Kauka, the German Walt Disney, and his cult foxes
10.06.2018 bis 09.09.2018
In October 1953 the German equivalent of Mickey Mouse began its triumphal march. Fix and Foxi were quickly allocated their own magazine along with a lively bunch of characters including Grandma Eusebia, Lupinchen, Uncle Fax and the raven Knox. Lupo came through as the secret star. Rolf Kauka created an entire world of his own figures for the national market. The fact that these all still enjoy high popularity – multicoloured fun for both kids and grown-ups – is a nod to their quality and farsightedness.
As with Disney he didn't draw his figures himself but employed a complete team of illustrators operating under the Kauka trademark. From the 1960s the onslaught of the Franco-Belgian licensed series such as Gaston, The Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Spirou and Fantasio made their way to Germany through the Fix and Foxi magazines. The influence Rolf Kauka exerted here on the development of comics can hardly be overestimated.
The exhibition shows the cosmos of Rolf Kauka (1917–2000) in the form of original drawings, sketches, documents, contemporary magazines, short films and a whole lot more. Kauka's estate was taken over in 2014 by Dr. Stefan Piëch and his company Your Family Entertainment, and the exhibits that until now have hardly been shown come from this extensive treasure.
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.
Kunst & Kohle [Art & Coal] – an exhibition project of the RuhrKunstMuseen
GLÜCK AUF! Comics and cartoons from Kumpel Anton to Jamiri and Walter Moers
02.05.2018 bis 09.09.2018
Although the topic of coal is not a focus area of comics and cartoons there are still a wide range of interesting positions. Participating artists have weaved stories all about the "black gold" in completely different ways and methods.
The Ducks in the Ruhr Region hang around during the day whilst Dorgathen's Stahlgolem and Ulf K's Hieronymus B. report about structural transition. Dachma recalls the coal dust in the air and Ulrike Martens lets her coal-caked hummingbird flutter up high. Kreitz and Mrozek guide us didactically into the area of Middle Ages mining whilst Wieser narrates the story of an artist. That coal also plays a role beyond the borders of the Ruhr Region is demonstrated by Walter Moers together with Florian Biege who take us on a trip to the distant empire of Zamonia. Special guests make an appearance in the form of Kumpel Anton drawn by Otto Berenbrock and Opa Hausen by Dirk Trachternach.
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.