Österreichische Ludwigstiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft (Austrian Ludwig Foundation for Art and Science)

 

Vita of Peter and Irene Ludwig

Peter Ludwig

Mr. Peter Ludwig, born on July 9, 1925 in Koblenz the son of Fritz Ludwig and Helene Ludwig, née Klöckner, of the family that owned the Klöckner Group.

School-leaving examination at the Kaiserin-Augusta grammar school, Koblenz. From 1943 to 1945 in military service, taken prisoner of war. From 1945 legal studies in Bonn. In 1946 change to the newly founded Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, studying art history, archaeology, pre-history and early history, and philosophy. Started collecting. In 1950 awarded doctor's degree with the thesis entitled "Das Menschenbild Picassos als Ausdruck eines generationsmäßig bedingten Lebensgefühls" [Picasso's picture of mankind as an expression of a generation-based attitude towards life"].

In 1951 he married Irene Monheim. From 1952 he worked in the family-owned company Leonhard Monheim Schokoladefabrik (including as managing shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board), worked in several other German groups of companies. In 1986 he founded the company Ludwig Schokolade GmbH.

From 1956 member of the bodies of various museums and cultural institutions: Cologne: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Schnütgen-Museum, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum; Düsseldorf: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen; Bonn: Deutsch-Französische Kulturstiftung; New York: Museum of Modern Art. Publisher of the Aachener Kunstblätter.

International honors and awards (selection):
In 1972 Honorary Professor for Contemporary Art at Cologne University, 1975 Golden Ring of the City of Aachen, 1976 Great Cross of Merit of the Distinguished Service Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1977 "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur", 1981 Great Golden Cross of Merit with Star of the Republic of Austria.

Peter Ludwig died in 1996.

Irene Ludwig

Mrs. Irene Ludwig, born on June 17, 1927 in Aachen the daughter of Olga Ella and Franz Monheim, owners of the long-established family business in Aachen.

In 1946 school-leaving examination in Aachen. From 1947 to 1950 studied art history, archaeology, pre-history, and early history at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Her interest in art and culture began to develop in childhood and her collecting activities started while she was studying in Mainz.

In 1951 she married Peter Ludwig. From 1957 co-operation with museums in Cologne and Aachen. She is a member of the bodies of various museums.

International honors and awards (selection):
In 1978 she was awarded the academic title of Professor by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, in 1983 Federal Cross of Merit First Class, in 1992 Great Cross of Merit of the Distinguished Service Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1994 Honorary Citizen of the City of Aachen, in 1995 "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur", Honorary Citizen of the City of Cologne, in 1996 Great Golden Cross of Merit with Star of the Republic of Austria, Golden Cross of Merit with Star of the Republic of Austria, in 1998 Great Cross of Merit with Star of the Distinguished Service Order of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Numerous honorary doctorates: Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia/ Bulgaria (1985); Eötvös University Budapest/ Hungary (1987); University of Havana/ Cuba (1993), University of Vermont, Burlington/ USA (1999) and 2007 Great Cross of Merit with Star and Shoulder-strap of the Distinguished Service Order of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Irene Ludwig died in 2010.

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