Video Collection of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne

In 1986, the Museum Ludwig establishes its video collection, emphasizing the independent status of artistic work using moving images. The first 16mm films were acquired by the predecessor institution, the Walraff-Richartz-Museum, in 1974, the first U-matic cassettes at around the same time: among them are films by Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Bruce Connor. Today, all films, videos, sound installations, media art, and performances are collected and exhibited as part of contemporary art.