Peter and Irene Ludwig
The two German art collectors have changed the world. They began building their collection, comprising more than 14,000 objects, in the 1950s. Today, the collection is spread across 26 public museums in three continents. Twelve institutions bear the name Ludwig and have benefited from generous donations. Their perspective on art as a unique principle of human expression that overcomes national borders and is open to the world, motivated the founders and continues to define the activity of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation.
Contemporary art, Pop art, Picasso, Russian avant-garde, Soviet art, ancient Chinese and pre-Columbian art, classical antiquity, sculpture from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, Baroque and Rococo faïence.
Irene Monheim and Peter Ludwig get to know one another at the end of the 1940s while studying art history at Mainz University. Peter Ludwig completes his PhD there in 1950 with a thesis on Picasso’s image of man.
The Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation is continuously researching, organizing, and expanding the Ludwig Collection. With the “Ludwig Project”, since 2015 an interview campaign is gathering the views and impressions of contemporaries.
“World art” is a guiding principle. The Ludwigs broadened their perspective early on to include non-European regions and pursue the idea of a global art.
Elucidating the qualities and meanings art possesses across history, cultures and countries, highlighting its universal value, inspires our intellectual approach.
28 public institutions are linked to us globally. Outside of Germany, we are active in Cuba, China, Russia, Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland.
CREDITS - Above: Jean-Olivier Hucleux, Peter and Irene Ludwig, 1975-76 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Left: Andy Warhol and Peter Ludwig, Cologne 1980 © Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung. Right: Research- and exhibition project, Plattform Aachen, Ludwig Forum 2014 © Carl Brunn. Center: Exhibition view „Eastwards“, Ludwig Forum 2014 / 2015, Photo: Carl Brunn