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Moy­land Castle in Bed­burg-Hau

A Lower Rhine Mecca for fans of Beuys

Dis­cov­er Joseph Beuys in de­tail: the im­pos­ing Moy­land Castlein Bed­burg-Hau houses the world's largest col­lec­tion of works by the ma­jor artist from the Lower Rhine.

The Schloss Moy­land Mu­seum in Bed­burg-Hau in the Lower Rhine re­gion is not just a mu­seum of mod­ern and con­tem­por­ary art, but also an in­ter­na­tion­al centre of re­search in­to Joseph Beuys, one of the most im­port­ant artists of the 20th cen­tury. The castle, which dates back to the early 14th cen­tury, provides the mu­seum with an im­press­ive back­drop. Once a me­di­ev­al moated castle, Moy­land Castle was con­ver­ted to its cur­rent ap­pear­ance in the 19th cen­tury by Co­logne Cathed­ral ar­chi­tect Ernst Friedrich Zwirner, who trans­formed it in the Goth­ic Re­viv­al style. After be­ing heav­ily dam­aged in World War II, it was only after the Stif­tung Mu­seum Schloss Moy­land found­a­tion was es­tab­lished that a com­pre­hens­ive res­tor­a­tion was ini­ti­ated, al­low­ing the castle to serve its cur­rent pur­pose. The garden was also re­stored to its tra­di­tion­al, his­tor­ic state. Between Baroque ele­ments, such as av­en­ues and moats, vis­it­ors will en­counter a sculp­ture garden and herb garden. Events such as the an­nu­al Kräuter­garten­fest (Herb Garden Party) and the Kun­sthandwerker-Weih­nachts­markt (Ar­tis­ans' Christ­mas Mar­ket) are held here.

Mu­seum vis­it­ors can look for­ward to a di­verse art col­lec­tion at the Mu­seum Schloss Moy­land. The col­lec­tion, which dates from the 19th cen­tury, com­prises ex­amples of the fine and ap­plied arts move­ment. The col­lec­tion’s fo­cus lies with its graph­ic arts col­lec­tion, as well as its col­lec­tion of paint­ings, sculp­tures and ob­jets d'art.  At the heart of the col­lec­tion is the mul­ti­fa­ceted work of Joseph Beuys. The col­lec­tion houses nearly 6,000 works by Beuys, in­clud­ing draw­ings, wa­ter­col­ours, oil paint­ings, sculp­tur­al paint­ings and sculp­tures, along­side nu­mer­ous archives cov­er­ing his life and work. This means the Schloss Moy­land Mu­seum con­tains the largest col­lec­tion of the artist’s work in the world. Oth­er artists, many of them as­so­ci­ated with Joseph Beuys, are also rep­res­en­ted, with large col­lec­tions of their works on dis­play.

The mu­seum is home to even more works by Joseph Beuys with its Joseph Beuys Archive, which is af­fil­i­ated with the mu­seum as an in­ter­na­tion­al re­search in­sti­tute. This com­bin­a­tion of the works of Joseph Beuys and the ex­tens­ive archive col­lec­tion all housed un­der one roof is one-of-a-kind. Re­gis­tra­tion al­lows vis­it­ors ac­cess to the archives.

In present­ing items from the Joseph Beuys Archive in its tem­por­ary ex­hib­i­tions, the mu­seum takes care to ex­hib­it the true di­versity of the col­lec­tion. Spe­cial ex­hib­i­tions tie in with vari­ous as­pects of the col­lec­tion and the pro­gramme has an in­ter­na­tion­al fo­cus. Clas­sic and cur­rent is­sues in the arts and in­di­vidu­al artist­ic items are presen­ted here.

Open­ing hours:
1 April - 30 Septem­ber:
Monday: 11 am - 5 pm (his­tor­ic garden only)
Tues­day - Fri­day: 11 am - 5 pm
Sat­urday and Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
1 Oc­to­ber - 31 March:
Monday: 11 am - 5 pm (his­tor­ic garden only)
Tues­day - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

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