Beuys in the collection

The collection of the Museum Schloss Moyland possesses, in addition to many other works, a large complex of works by Joseph Beuys. Early works on paper form one focus of the Beuys holdings. These include drawings, watercolours, oils and prints. The collection also has a significant stock of small-scale objects, among which are a group of pieces known as sculptural pictures.

The stock of works by Beuys, like the rest of the collection, originated with the private collection of the brothers Hans and Franz Joseph van der Grinten. In 1951, the acquisition of two woodcuts for twenty deutschmarks each marked the beginning of the largest collection of works by Joseph Beuys worldwide.

The collection is augmented by comprehensive holdings in the Joseph Beuys Archive. Joseph Beuys himself gave the van der Grinten brothers archive materials and photographs continuously from 1967 up to his death in 1986. The brothers, in turn, assigned their art collection as well as archive materials and documents on Joseph Beuys to the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation in 1990.

Joseph Beuys, Tisch mit Aggregat, 1958/85
Joseph Beuys Werk Tisch mit Aggregat

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