SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT!
Photographs from the 60s and 70s from the Nicola Erni Collection
21 January to 27 May 2018
Brigitte Bardot with a blonde mane, Yves Saint-Laurent stark naked and Mick Jagger with a fur hat: icons from the worlds of film, fashion and music photographed by superstars such as Richard Avedon, Bert Stern and Helmut Newton resuscitate in the LUDWIGGALERIE the verve of life of the 1960s and 1970s.
The black and white photographs presented on coloured museum walls radiate with aplomb. Party, politics, fashion, music, art and the cult of the body are pictorially depicted by Warhol's Factory and the associated New York scene.
The Beatles letting off heat with a pillow fight, Twiggy as the new, androgynous supermodel and the stars of Hollywood reflect the important moments in time through impressive portraits.
Over 200 photographs from the Swiss Nicola Erni Collection document a Who's Who of celebrity society. With their adulation of the cult of the person, sensual pleasure and total devotion to the moment the photographs exude a sense of uninterrupted fascination.
Exhibition concept: Photography collection/Stadtmuseum Munich.
In cooperation with the Nicola Erni Collection and Ira Stehmann.
FIX AND FOXI
Rolf Kauka, the German Walt Disney, and his cult foxes
10 June to 9 September 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
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen
23 September 2018 to 13 January 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.
The Kunstverein as a guest of the LUDWIGGALERIE
4 February to 22 April 2018
COMIC AND COAL
In cooperation with the RuhrKunstMuseen
May to 9 September 2018
The Ruhr-Chemie in the photography
In cooperation with the LVR-Industriemuseum Oberhausen
16 September 2018 to 24 February 2019