The Collection Peter & Irene Ludwig
Besides classical modernism, the mumok collection focuses on pop art, nouveau réalisme, Fluxus, and conceptual art, post minimal and arte povera, all standing for the avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s.
The pop art that Peter and Irene Ludwig purchased includes Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum, Andy Warhol’s Orange Car Crash, and Robert Indiana’s Love Rising - Black and White Love. For Martin Luther King, and works by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, John Chamberlain, and Tom Wesselman, all today seen as key works of American pop art.
Alongside American pop art, the Peter and Irene Ludwig Collection is characterized by key works by Hanne Darboven, Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys, and Richard Hamilton.
The Collection Hahn
The focus of Cologne restorer Wolfgang Hahn’s collection is on nouveau réalisme, Fluxus, and performance art, and works that take a critical look at institutions. The collection includes the Hahn Library, which was donated to the museum in 2005 by Hildegard Hahn, so that together collection and library present the entire complexity of art in the 1960s: from Joseph Beuys, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and Christo, to the artists around the Fluxus movement; from objects like George Brecht’s Universal Machine and Nam June Paik’s legendary Piano, to Ephemera by Marcel Broodthaers or works by Gilbert & George.