The famous Ludwig Museum recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and its 30th year in this glass and zinc building between the cathedral and the Rhine. The history of the museum is linked to that of Peter and Irene Ludwig. In 1976, the couple bequeathed 350 works of modern art to the city in exchange for the creation of a Museum Ludwig. Other bequests followed, equally impressive, and it now has the third largest Picasso collection, behind Barcelona and Paris. The Ludwigs were also among the first to gather a large number of works by the Russian avant-garde of 1905-1935 (including Malevich, Rodchenko, Popova...) which is now on display next door to the museum's collection of Pop Art. Great collectors (it is said that at one point Peter was buying a work a day), the Ludwigs made donations to other museums that also bear their name, in Budapest, Aachen, and Vienna. Feeling hungry? Finish the tour with a stop at the cosy café and restaurant, Ludwig im Museum.
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