Travelling in Contemporary Art
01.12.2020 – 11.04.2021
Travelling the world means being open for the unexpected, being prepared for new encounters, and not exactly knowing what impacts these experiences will have on your own life. Travelling the world means leaving your own comfort zone, quite possibly dealing with daunting situations and pushing yourself to your limits, in order to report back to those at home. But not all travelling involves a physical challenge. The pace of our modern, digitalised world is fast; the sheer size of the sphere of places around the world that are within easy reach is utterly overwhelming. “Here” is often just a click away from “there”. Digitally speaking, we live in a synchronised world without borders, without time zones.
100 works from the 1960s to the present day
The Ludwig Forum for International Art presents a selection of contemporary artistic positions in which the journey itself is the primary focus. Bon Voyage! Travelling in Contemporary Art offers a view of the world through the eyes of artists on the move – often far away from beaten tourist tracks. The package includes personal challenges, political and climatic borderline experiences, fictional and virtual inner journeys, and that ultimate trip to the hereafter – the one you don’t need any luggage for.
With over 100 works on show, the exhibition tracks the routes of about 50 artists and presents a selection of artistic positions from the 1960s through to the present day. With paintings, installations, videos, objects, photos and graphic artworks arranged around five transit points, the exhibition illustrates the fascination and the significance of journeys in contemporary art.
The exhibition will also offer a versatile support programme of events and workshops for visitors of all ages.
Among others: Marina Abramović & Ulay, Francis Alÿs, Shūsaku Arakawa, Kader Attia, Lothar Baumgarten, Janet Bellotto, Joseph Beuys, Christoph Brech, Stanley Brouwn, Peter Brüning, Michael Buthe, Julian Charrière, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler, Ivan S. Čujkov, Walter Dahn, Hélène Delprat, Simon Faithfull, Mareike Foecking, Jerry Frantz, Gerard Garouste, Philipp Goldbach, Nancy Graves, Manaf Halbouni, Michael Heizer, Jochem Hendricks, Klara Hobza, Stephan Huber, Jean-Olivier Hucleux, Cécile Hummel, Matthew Day Jackson, Sven Johne, Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer, Fabian Knecht, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Till Krause, Norbert Kottmann, Alicja Kwade, Talisa Lallai, Via Lewandoswky, Richard Long, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Duane Michals, Roman Ondak, A. R. Penck, Michail Pirgelis, Dani Ploeger, Anne Pöhlmann, Jon Rafman, Michael Snow, Nicole Schuck, Stefan Sous, Vera Sous, Katrin Ströbel & Mohammed Laouli, Timm Ulrichs, Wolfgang von Contzen, Christoph Westermeier, Francesca Woodman.
Travel guide and blog
The exhibition will be accompanied by a Travel Guide featuring descriptions of the exhibits along with numerous images. There will also be a Travel Blog.
Climate protection, restricted freedom of travel and increasing digitalization also offers the opportunity to explore new ways of travel: Find additional information about the exhibited works, personal experiences of the artists, insider tips and much more on
our travel blog Bon Voyage!