Our Archive is the Memory of the Collection 

It serves as a significant basis for research on the collection, as well as on twentieth-century art in general.

The practical task is to support art historical research on a variety of topics. To this end, the Foundation’s archive has been processed and gradually made accessible since 2020. It consists of countless written documents compiled and collected by Peter and Irene Ludwig in connection with the art collection and the establishment of museums and foundations. It includes original index cards documenting the thousands of objects in the collection, manuscripts of speeches and texts written by the founders, extensive correspondence with museums, galleries, and artists around the world, photo albums, and press articles. 

Overall, the archive documents a broad spectrum of the Ludwig Collection’s activities from its beginnings to the present.

A significant portion of the archive has been digitized. We are currently in the process of successively cataloging the contents. In the future, this will facilitate research within the archive and will also provide external researchers with an overview of the holdings.

Archive and Collection Database Inquiries

Research inquiries to the foundation’s archive may be made in writing by email. Please describe your research interest and the information you need as precisely as possible. On this basis, we will review the documents in question and, if possible, provide the requested information. On-site research in the digitized holdings is possible subject to capacity and prior registration in accordance with the GDPR, especially with regard to personal data of third parties.

Benjamin Dodenhoff
E‑Mail: dodenhoff(at)ludwigstiftung.de