Museum library

The museum library holds more than 60.000 items about the fine and applied art of the 19th and 20th centuries. This makes it the largest art library in the greater Lower Rhine region. This specialized library is devoted thematically to the range covered by the art collection. A further section covers literature on the history of art and culture in the Lower Rhine region. The holdings are currently researchable via the online catalogue.

Key holdings


  • on the artists represented in the collection, e. g. Rudolf Schoofs, Erwin Heerich, Hermann Teuber, André Thomkins, Heinrich Campendonk, Paul Schwer
  • on 20th and 21st century art, mainly prints, photography and painting, concentrations incl. Art Nouveau, Expressionism and Fluxus
  • on Joseph Beuys as the core of the Foundation
    • Developments and movements during Joseph Beuys’ lifetime
    • Artists in contact with Beuys, e. g. Nam June Paik, George Maciunas, Andy Warhol, Wolf Vostell
    • Beuys students, e. g. Felix Droese, Imi Knoebel, Norbert Tadeusz, Blinky Palermo
    • Artists who engaged with the work of Joseph Beuys, e. g. Tadashi Kawamata, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jonathan Meese
  • on the art and culture of the Lower Rhine
  • on garden art and herbalism


Ulrike Straeten
Phone +49 2824 9510-29 

The Joseph Beuys Archive is open to the public. We offer personal advice and assistance. We are also happy to receive your research requests. For extensive research projects, a personal visit to the archive is advisable. The reading room of the archive has ten work stations, one computer desk and a photocopier.

The archive and the library are available by appointment only.

Terms of Use [PDF] 
Schedule of Fees [PDF] 
Request for Access [PDF]