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Ludwig Gallery in Ruhr

Stately home art venue
© Ludwig Galerie / Thomas Wolf

The Ludwig Galerie is located in an impressive neoclassical stately home complex, the Schloss Oberhausen. The museum acquires loans from all over the world to present an ambitious programme of continuously alternating exhibitions within three main subject areas.

The Ludwig Collection

Art enthusiasts Peter and Irene Ludwig demonstrated an innate solidarity with all world cultures spanning from antiquity to the present day. An extensive range of works from their collection is presented in the Ludwig Galerie following the the inauguration in the late nineteen nineties with Gods, Heroes and Idols, Götter, Helden und Idole. The concept of unusual and overlapping themes continues.

The Popular Gallery

The list of exhibitions dedicated to applied art such as illustrations, posters, comics, caricatures and photography creates an impressive who’s who of the genre. Works by such greats as Gottfried Helnwein, Manfred Deix, Wilhelm Busch and photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Lindbergh, Thomas Hoepker, Jim Rakete and Elliott Erwitt have been shown to date in the museum’s exhibition spaces.

The Landmark Gallery

The structural transformation in the Ruhr area and the relevance of regional change in an international context is the field of these projects. The move from of coal and steel production to the service industry means the disappearance of structures such as towers, chimneys and smelting works.

By Anneke Söpper, edited VG, Mar 14 2021

Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen

Konrad-Adenauer-Allee 46
46049 Oberhausen

+49 208 412 4928

Actors on stage


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