The Cool and the Cold. Painting in the USA and the USSR 1960–1990

Ludwig Collection

24 September 2021 to 9 January 2022

30 years after the demise of the Soviet Union, the Gropius Bau presents The Cool and the Cold: Painting from the USA and the USSR 1960–1990, an extensive group show that brings together works held by the Ludwig Collection from six international museums.

Roy Lichtenstein, Hopeless, 1963

Roy Lichtenstein, Hopeless, 1963. Acrylic on canvas, 177,8 x 152,4 cm

© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel, Martin P. Bühler, courtesy: Kunstmuseum Basel, loan of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Stiftung

Peter and Irene Ludwig were among the first collectors to acquire art by American and Soviet artists simultaneously. The exhibition establishes a critical juxtaposition of works from both camps in the East-West conflict, examining how artists responded during the Cold War to the political and aesthetic questions of their time and negotiated ideas of individual and social freedom. The selection features approximately 120 works by Jo Baer, Erik Bulatov, Ivan Čujkov, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Ilja Kabakov, Lee Lozano, Natalja Nesterova, Viktor Pivovarov, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, among others.

Curated by Benjamin Dodenhoff and Brigitte Franzen

Organised in cooperation with the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation

Under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas

Partners: Wall, ALEXA, Bouvet, Yorck Kino, Dussmann
Media partners: Tagesspiegel, Monopol, Weltkunst, kunst:art, Mousse Magazine, rbbKultur