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19th Century Photography from Japan and China at Museum Ludwig. Come to Cologne!

We are closing in on the end of the year, and we are enjoying Christmas markets, mulled wine and idyllic walkabouts in the snow. One or the other exhibition is coming to an end as well, such as the Japanese and Chinese photographs from the 19th century from the Robert Lebeck collection.

A wonderful occasion to adore old treasures in the warming space of the Museum Ludwig and let your day come to an end in a festive sea of lights in front of the Cologne Cathedral.

The masterpieces of the photography collection offer fascinating insights into Asian spheres of life. Tender colours ensnare the exotic appeal, the curiosity associated with a remote culture.

The exhibition features pictures by European pioneers such as Felice Beato and John Thomson, as well as Hikoma Ueno and Kimbei Kusakabe. The collection also includes the Chinese travel album by trader Julius Menke from Bremen, stemming from the 1860s.

The traditional pictures feature old broom vendors, sumo wrestlers, a mother with her child or an unusually tattooed man. They reflect nostalgic and unique moments, which ceased to exist in this form altogether.

The exhibition in the new gallery for photography at the Museum Ludwig is worth the journey. The Marsil Bar & Hotel in Cologne offers stylish accommodation to match.

Fotografien des 19. Jahrhunderts aus Japan und China
((19th Century Photography from Japan and China)
Museum Ludwig
50667 Cologne

Until the 9th of January 2011
Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Every first Thursday of the month: 10am - 10pm