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 Götter, Helden und Idole (Gods, Heroes and Idols). 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 winding towers, chimneys and smelting works. Some landmarks such as the Gasometer in Oberhausen and the Zollverein in Essen reveal opportunities of present day use.