Beuys-Year 2021 15.07.2021

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."

Deichtorhallen Hamburg presents one of the most significant German private collections of contemporary art at two locations, the Hall for Contemporary Art and the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg-Harburg. The Viehof Collection, which includes important works from the Speck Collection and the Rheingold Collection, brings together over 950 works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, and video with an emphasis on German art from the post-war era to today. Both catalog and exhibition focus on outstanding groups of work by individual artists including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Candida Höfer, Jörg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, Daniel Richter and Rosemarie Trockel.

This comprehensive exhibition in Hamburg, put together entirely from the works of the collection and curated by Dirk Luckow, reveals for the first time the extraordinary range of this collection in an overview of Minimalism, represented by names such as Carl Andre and Dan Flavin, via the 1980s in Cologne defined by Walter Dahn, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, the Düsseldorf School of Photography with Struth, Ruff and Sasse right up to the promising field of figurative art of the 21st century showcasing works by André Butzer, Peter Doig, Thomas Houseago, Jonathan Meese, Neo Rauch, Tal R, Corinne Wasmuth and many others.

The bilingual catalogue (German/ English) is avaliable at Snoeck Verlag for 58,00 Euros. Published by Dirk Luckow with essays by Philipp Kiaser, Dirck Luckow, Susanne Titz, Wolfgang Ulrich et al. as well as short texts on particular collecting areas. 360 pages, 410 illustrations in colour.

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Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg-Harburg, 1.10.2016 – 15.01.2017

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