Diango Hernández

We Call It Ludwig – 40th anniversary of the Museum Ludwig (artistic director Yilmaz Dziewior)
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
27 August 2016 – 28 January 2017

www.museum-ludwig.de

 

„For this celebratory group exhibition I have specially created two large ‘wave’ murals (Sailors, 2016)  and a metal ‘wave’ bench (Ludwig, 2016). These works will be installed in the first floor of The Museum Ludwig in Cologne. We call it Ludwig is a rather ambitious exhibition that marks several important anniversaries for The Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The spirit of We call it Ludwig is all about celebrating the monumental work of this great museum. My contribution for this group exhibition takes the shape of a present, my modest gift to a place that have greatly inspired me since I’ve arrived to the Rhineland in 2006. I  want to give something to this house, to its architecture, something that also visitors can use and touch. The ‘wave’ murals are composed by a selection of artists’ names that previously exhibited in the house, these two murals look like seascapes in which you can see ‘sailing boats’ sailing through colorful and playful ‘waves’. The metal ‘wave’ bench has 6 waves that stand for L U D W I G, each of the letters has been transformed into a wave in which visitors will eventually seat and from there enjoy the view.“

The se­lec­tion of twen­ty-five par­ti­ci­pat­ing artists span­n­ing ev­ery conti­nent de­lib­er­ate­ly un­der­s­cores Peter and Irene Lud­wig’s glob­al ap­proach to the col­lec­tion. For in­s­tance, they main­tained close con­tacts with Cu­ba, where they met the artist Dian­go Hernán­dez in the mid- 1990s. Now Hernán­dez will trans­late im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tles from the his­to­ry of the mu­se­um as well as its lo­go in­to a sen­su­al and po­et­ic land­s­cape of un­du­lat­ing seat­ing and mu­rals.

Installation view: “We Call It Ludwig”, 40th anniversary of the Museum Ludwig artistic director Yilmaz Dziewior, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 2016/17
Installation view: “We Call It Ludwig”, 40th anniversary of the Museum Ludwig artistic director Yilmaz Dziewior, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 2016/17