On the occasion of the major exhibition and event program “beuys2021” in North Rhine-Westphalia, which will be presented in more than 20 institutions, museums, universities and other places associated with Beuys on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys, Museum Abteiberg is showing two parallel exhibitions.


With two projects the museum aims to bring Beuys’ time in relation to the contemporary present. Just like in an open workshop, visitor will be able to experience aspects of preservation, research and mediation: in the form of a living archive, which for the first time showcases recently acquired works from SAMMLUNG/ARCHIV ANDERSCH and highlights the importance of archival work in the art of the 1960s and 70s. At the same time, a new site-specific project will be on view, which picks up the tread of Beuys’ 1967 show in Mönchengladbach: in 2021 the institution “museum” will be re-examined and questioned anew; the artist invited London-based


Ghislaine Leung, 2020. Courtesy of Ghislaine Leung and ESSEX STREET, New York
Ghislaine Leung, 2020. Courtesy of Ghislaine Leung and ESSEX STREET, New York

A solo exhibition by Ghislaine Leung displayed at Museum Abteiberg from the 3 June to the 24 October 2021.The exhibition will comprise of works commissioned by Museum Abteiberg and produced over the duration of a year from 2020-21. This exhibition is curated by Susanne Titz, with the assistance of Haris Giannouras. This information is provided as per the required 600-800 characters and has been edited by Haris Giannouras, Ghislaine Leung and Susanne Titz. Details are correct as of December 2020 and are subject to change dependent on requirements and resources available.



On the occasion of “beuys2021”, Museum Abteiberg will show WORK REPORT COLLECTION/ARCHIVE ANDERSCH. Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ understanding of the museum as an institution, the curators reflect on their current work behind the scenes. Alluding to Beuys’ thinking about the meaning of the institution of the museum, will not be just about an exhibition: Beuys’ history in Mönchengladbach provides an occasion to address the tasks of the museum – collecting, preserving, researching, presenting, and mediating – in a new way together with the audience

Since the acquisition of the SAMMLUNG/ARCHIV ANDERSCH in 2017, the research department and the collection of Museum Abteiberg has been busy inventorying the extensive new acquisition and working on its permanent presentation. Erik Andersch’s collection includes art works, books, as well as historical documents of numerous artists such as Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, Henning Christiansen, Robert Filliou, Dorothy Iannone, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Dieter Roth, Takako Saito, Daniel Spoerri, André Thomkins, Ben Vautier, Robert Watts or La Monte Young. The exhibition is curated by Felicia Rappe and Denise Wegener. Scientific advisor SAMMLUNG/ARCHIV ANDERSCH: Susanne Rennert.

Image: Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, In memoriam George Maciunas. Klavierduett. 7.7.1978, 1978-1982, Zwei Langspielplatten, Sammlung / Archiv Andersch im Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Foto: BiAchim Kukulies