The Viehof Collection brings together various positions of contemporary avant-garde art in a context that is both exciting and contextually rich. Works from the former Speck Collection form the basis of the collection with many important works from the second half of the 20th century including Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Jannis Kounellis, Raymond Pettibond, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Schütte, and Rosemarie Trockel to just name a few.
Equally important, works from the Rheingold collection, added in 2014, build a bridge to contemporary art and enrich the Viehof Collection with important work groups of contemporary painting and drawing, diverse photography portfolios, significant video and multimedia pieces as well as challenging installations. By making targeted acquisitions, the Viehof brothers were able to further concentrate the collection and to give it an unmistakable profile.
As one of the most important private collections of contemporary art in Germany, the Viehof Collection is now composed of over 1000 works of groundbreaking German and international positions including paintings by Georg Baselitz, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, objects by James Lee Byrars, Isa Genzken, Danh Vo, Georg Herold, Mario Merz, and photographs by Candida Höfer, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many others.
In the autumn of 2016 a large comprehensive exhibition of over 560 works by 75 artists was organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg and accompanied by a catalogue. The exhibition presented the quality of works in the collection to a wide audience.