Joseph Beuys – Works from the Van der Grinten Collection


From 24.10.2021

In the collection presentations focusing on Beuys, starting in October 2021 a selection of works will be shown in the rooms between the north and east towers, subject only to minor periodic changes. Significant objects, primarily from the sculptural oeuvre, have been selected for this presentation, including the group of Hare’s Graves, the wooden crosses Symbol of Sacrifice and Symbol of Redemption, the objects Sled, Table with Aggregate, Fat corner on sloping plane, the multiple Ja Ja Ja Ja, Nee Nee Nee Nee, and the key work The Silence of Marcel Duchamp is Overrated. The museum is thus responding to the desire for a long-term Beuys presentation.

The exhibition sheds light on the artistic approach of Beuys and provides insight into the collection of works by Beuys compiled by the van der Grinten brothers. In order to give visitors the opportunity to view the works of Beuys time and again and from different perspectives, some of these will be temporarily juxtaposed with works by other artists who have responded to these works in order to question them critically or to comment on them in an ironic manner and in a way that expands their meaning.


24 October 2021 – 20 March 2022

  • Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit, 1970 — Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Felt Dress, 2019 (on loan from the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf)
  • Joseph Beuys, La rivoluzione siamo Noi, 1972 — Elaine Sturtevant, BEUYS LA RIVOLUZIONE SIAMO NOI, 1988 (on loan from the MUSEUM ᴹᴹᴷ FÜR MODERNE KUNST, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Joseph Beuys, Capri-Batterie, 1985 — Susi Gelb, Capri-Batterie EU Standard/Capri-Batterie Asian Standard (Update for Joseph Beuys), 2009/2010 (on loan from the artist)

Sunday, 20 March 2022, 12:00 pm
Artist talk with Susi Gelb (Munich/Berlin) and Alexander Grönert