Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung

History

Collecting art while supporting museums and research went hand in hand for Peter and Irene Ludwig. Shortly after the war, with an en­trepreneuri­al spirit and seeking to foster inter­national under­standing, they realized that the public sector could never offset the losses suffered, neither intellectually nor economically. From 1957 they turned this insight into a mission to act in the public interest. With loans to the Suermondt Museum in Aachen and the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, the idea was developed to “close inform­ation gaps” by collecting, which on a practical level resulted in cooperation between the public institution and private owner­ship. The Collection was gradually handed over to the public sector for inde­pendent research and presentation.