Beuys-Year 2021 28.05.2021

100 Years of Beuys
Loans from the Viehof Collection

Numerous museums in Germany and Austria are celebrating the Beuys Year in 2021. In May of this year, the controversial and much-discussed artist would have turned 100. 25 institutions in 13 cities are exploring the comprehensive work and its significance for today's society and cultural landscape.

The Viehof Collection is delighted to lend support to seven of the exhibitions with a total of 53 works, almost its entire Beuys holdings. These include well-known key works such as "Mensch" or "Dürer, I führe persönlich Baader + Meinhof durch die Dokumenta V". However, rarely shown drawings and small objects will also be on view.

Our loans were/are on view at the following institutions: Neue Galerie Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden in Wuppertal, Stiftung Zollverein/Ruhr Museum - Essen; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Lehmbruck-Museum - Duisburg, Museum Kurhaus Kleve and Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

All further details about the Beuys Year and the participating institutions can be found on the homepage available at the following link:


A new position for the Viehof Collection

More than 20 works by Dieter Nuhr are now in the private possession of the Viehof family. This konvolut, which has been expanded over the past few years and finely selected from various groups of works, will now officially be made available to the collection.

Dieter Nuhr has long been one of Germany's best-known satirists. In contrast, probably only a few people know that after studying art with a focus on painting, he devoted himself to photography. The works are created on his travels through remote and exotic places around the world, which Nuhr captures in an almost archival manner.

"In the course of my exploration of living space while traveling, I make a picture of the world. To look around, to see, to experience, to archive, there is the meaning of traveling as of life. We move through time and space, experience, act and remember," says Dieter Nuhr.

But Nuhr's photographs are more than snapshots of places and objects. Through subjectively chosen cropping and image composition, the artist creates independent images, detached from the material context, that seem closer to abstract painting than to photography. Nuhr refers to this transformation as "digital painting." The photographic work becomes more than a mere image. Poetically charged, Nuhr's images combine what is seen with subjective memories and ideas. Image of reality, real materiality and intangible unreal interact.

The artist explains, "A picture is a reflection surface. The image of the landscape is the occasion for conscious perception and association. What the viewer takes away from the picture and what thoughts he develops is up to him. Art is always just a suggestion."

The title Indepencia I of the installation by Peruvian artist David Zink Yi refers to the independence of the right from the left hand required to play the Cuban Batá drum. Originally introduced by Nigerian Yoruba slaves, the instrument consists of a lengthy hollow wooden cylinder the left side of which is usually used to give the beat while the melody is played on the right side. It is believed that a divine entity jumps from side to side inside the drum in order find the right rhythm.

The large wooden box created especially on occasion of the Polyphon exhibition at Langen Foundation, allows the visitor to enter the box in order to look at two video projections on each site showing men shot from behind. While one rows through the sea and the other cycles along the Malecón promenade in Havana, they both re-tell the story of the Batá drum. In this way the visitor takes on the role of the spirit, activating the installation through their presence.

With the exhibition now drawing to an end, the Viehof Collection has decided to maintain the structure in order to be able to lend it together with any future loans of the installation.