Museums & Art Galleries

with a significant number of works by Joseph Beuys

Schloss Moyland, Bedburg Hau, Germany. Home of the Beuys Archive. Image: Cliff Gorman

An on-going project organised by country

We do our best to ensure information is accurate but please always check with the museum before arranging to visit. Works are often loaned out to other museums and not all works can be exhibited at any one time.

Germany

Kurhaus Kleve home of Beuys Atelier. Image: Cliff Gorman

Bedburg Hau

Museum Schloss Moyland

With nearly 6,000 works, the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation (See main image.) has the world's largest collection of works by Joseph Beuys. This collection originated through the early and close connection of the  Van der Grinten brothers with Joseph Beuys and comprises not only extensive holdings of his works but a cast amount of documentary material relating to his life and work. 
https://www.moyland.de/joseph-beuys.html

Kleve

Museum Kurhaus

From 1957 to 1964 Joseph Beuys had his studio in the then empty Kurhaus in Kleve.
After a period of falling into disrepair the  Beuys studio was reconstructed and has been open to the public since September 2012.
See image above.

The museum display includes a comprehensive complex of  over 20 works by Beuys which was given to it on loan by the artist’s widow, Eva Beuys, as well as his children, Wenzel and Jessyka Beuys.
The Beuys’ family also gifted numerous studio utensils used by Beuys that provides a unique experience of this singular workshop-character around the original rooms of the artist.
See  :

https://www.freunde-klever-museen.de/download/Joseph%20Beuys%20-%20Worklines,%20Exhibition%20booklet,%20Museum%20Kurhaus%20Kleve_01.pdf

Museum website:

https://www.museumkurhaus.de/


Krefeld

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

With many works by Beuys, including the important 'Barraque Dull Odde'  - one of the few room installations built and personally installed by him and which has remained unchanged.
https://kunstmuseenkrefeld.de/

Düsseldorf

Kunstsammlung NRW K20

Includes the very important, and Beuys' last installation 'Palazzo Regale', together with 'Capri battery' in vitrine, and 'fat up to this level 1'.

http://www.kunstsammlung.de/de/collection/artists/joseph-beuys


Stuttgart

Staatsgalerie

Includes the large and important installation,  'Plastischer Fuß Elastischer Fuß' (Plastic foot, elastic foot}, 1969 whereby Beuys uses different materials as a metaphor for the polarity of intuition and reason that he repeatedly worked out - the balance of which is the sole basis of life and artistic creation. The gallery is also home to many other important works including 'Dernier espace avec introspecteur (Letzter Raum mit Introspekteur)', 'Peace Hare', 'Crucifixion' and two examples of Beuys' vitines.

See more here (search 'Beuys')
https://www.staatsgalerie.de/en.html

United Kingdom

Scottish National Gallery Image: Finlay McWalter at the English language Wikipedia / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

United Kingdom

Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland

The ARTIST ROOMS collection is owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay, through the d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments in 2008.

Anthony d'Offay's collected great numbers of works by Beuys including the famous 'Fat Chair'. 

ARTIST ROOMS is a travelling exhibition and includes the works of many other artists, so many of his works may not be on show.
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/search/artist/joseph-beuys

England

Tate Modern

has a vast collection of works by Beuys including, for example:

Lightning with Stag in its Glare 

From the transcript of Tate's audio presentation:

 'In this work a flash of lightning illuminates a group of half-formed creatures. This could be a scene from a mythical pre-history or a nightmare from a post-apocalyptic future... 
The End of the Twentieth Century

From Tate description:

 'is a large installation consisting of thirty-one rough, bulky basalt rocks, which are strewn across the floor in a seemingly random manner. The stones are all a muted beige colour, mottled with patches of grey. Each rock measures between one and two and a half metres in length and has a cone-shaped hole drilled into the upper side of one of its ends. .... The rocks lie in loose, haphazard clusters that resemble piles of debris. However, they are broadly arranged in two groups, leaving a long gap down the centre so that viewers can walk among them.'

See: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/joseph-beuys-747

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/artist-and-society/joseph-beuys-0

United States

New York

Dia Art Foundation

7000 oaks
New York City - West 22nd Street between and including 10th and 11th Avenue
https://diaart.org/visit/visit-our-locations-sites/main/beacon

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

See details of works in the collection at:

https://www.guggenheim.org/search?s=beuys&page=1&post_type=artwork

As an example: Virgin.

This installation consists of soap, blackboard, table and chair, and a single light bulb - the essential elements involved in an earlier discussion and installation concerning the use of Vienna’s Palais Lichtenstein as a museum for modern art. 

Read the fascinating story at :.https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/569