Collection

From Art Nouveau to ZERO, from Claude Monet to Gerhard Richter – the collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld now encompasses circa 24,000 works from the Late Middle Ages to the present day and continues to grow.

on View

The Kunstmuseen Krefeld work continuously with their rich and diverse collection. Presentation and research often go hand in hand. Many thematic as well as monographic exhibitions have specific references to the collection and are enriched from the museum's own holdings. In Collection in Motion on the 1st floor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, part of the collection is on permanent display. Here, 15 themes can be experienced in 15 rooms. Individual rooms are regularly restaged so that the diversity of the collection becomes visible. In the Collection Satellites series, creative minds from various disciplines engage with the museum's collection or history and develope new works.
In addition to the exhibitions and the permanent presentation, there are permanent works and installations by Joseph Beuys, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yves Klein, Johan Thorn Prikker and others in both the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum and Haus Lange Haus Esters. In the garden of Haus Lange Haus Esters there are further sculptural works by Michael Craig-Martin, Ludger Gerdes, Berto Ladera, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, David Rabinowitch, Ulrich Rückriem, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra and Andrea Zittel.

On the 1st floor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Collection in Motion is currently showing works by: Arman, Anni Albers, Francois-Marie Banier, Nanni di Bartolo, Marion Baruch, Marcel Broodthaers, Heinrich Campendonk, Will Cassel, Alan Charlton, Christo, Joseph Cornell, Eric Chevallier, Siegfried Cremer, Katharina Fritsch, Günter Fruhtrunk, Dan Graham, Erich Heckel, Annette Kelm, Ferdinand Kriwet, Max Liebermann, Helmuth Macke, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Heinrich Nauen, Gerhard Richter, Auguste Rodin, Dieter Roth, Stephen Shore, Max Slevogt, Daniel Spoerri, Thomas Struth, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Axel Vater, Andy Warhol and others.

Note: Joseph Beuys' rooms are currently closed due to conservation.

On the 2nd floor of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, is until October 6, 2024 the Collection Satellite #9: The Bar. Liora Epstein in Dialogue with Jürgen Drescher and Reinhard Mucha as well as the collection presentation Viewpoints with sculptures from the collection since 1892 on view.

Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Günter Fruhtrunk, Eric Chevallier,
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Günter Fruhtrunk, Eric Chevallier, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlungssatellit #9 - Die Bar / Collection Satellite #9 - The Bar im / at KWM, Installationsansicht / installation view dispersed non-existence (Detail), Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2024
© Liora Epstein
Foto/Photo: Dirk Rose
Sammlungssatellit #9 - Die Bar / Collection Satellite #9 - The Bar im / at KWM, Installationsansicht / installation view dispersed non-existence (Detail), Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2024 © Liora Epstein Foto/Photo: Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Herbert Zangs,
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Herbert Zangs, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Johann Thorn Prikker (1868-1932), „The Ages of Man“ (Youth), 1923, wall painting, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Volker Döhne
Johann Thorn Prikker (1868-1932), „The Ages of Man“ (Youth), 1923, wall painting, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Volker Döhne
Joseph Beuys, Rooms 1971 – 1984 with sculptures and objects 1952 – 1974, 2nd floor Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Volker Döhne
Joseph Beuys, Rooms 1971 – 1984 with sculptures and objects 1952 – 1974, 2nd floor Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Volker Döhne
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022 (Installation view)  
HLHE Sculpture Garden, Collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld and permanent loan of Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.  
© Andrea Zittel / Photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022 (Installation view)
HLHE Sculpture Garden, Collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld and permanent loan of Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.
© Andrea Zittel / Photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Heinrich Campendonk, Helmuth Macke, 
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Heinrich Campendonk, Helmuth Macke, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Viewpoints  
Installation view at KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024  
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024  
Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Viewpoints
Installation view at KWM, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024
Photo: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Helmuth Macke, Heinrich Nauen,
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Helmuth Macke, Heinrich Nauen, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with François-Marie Banier, Stephen Shore,
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with François-Marie Banier, Stephen Shore, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Jürgen Drescher, Reinhard Mucha, Verkaufen, 1981, Installationsansicht im KWM © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024
Foto: Dirk Rose
Jürgen Drescher, Reinhard Mucha, Verkaufen, 1981, Installationsansicht im KWM © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024 Foto: Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Claude Monet, Herbert Zangs,
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024,
Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Sammlung in Bewegung—15 Räume 15 Geschichten. Installationsansicht im KWM mit / Installation view at KWM with Claude Monet, Herbert Zangs, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2024, Foto: Kunstmuseen Krefeld / Dirk Rose
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022 (Installation view)  
HLHE Sculpture Garden, Collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld and permanent loan of Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.  
© Andrea Zittel / Photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Andrea Zittel, Planar Composition for Esters Garden House, 2022 (Installation view)
HLHE Sculpture Garden, Collection Kunstmuseen Krefeld and permanent loan of Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld e.V.
© Andrea Zittel / Photo: Dirk Rose / Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Claes Oldenburg, Cross Section of a Toothbrush with Paste in a Cup on a Sink: Portrait of Coosje’s Thinking, 1981/1983, Haus Esters, Photo: Dirk Rose
Claes Oldenburg, Cross Section of a Toothbrush with Paste in a Cup on a Sink: Portrait of Coosje’s Thinking, 1981/1983, Haus Esters, Photo: Dirk Rose

Collection Satelites

Until October 6, 2024 the Collection Satellite #9. The Bar. Liora Epstein in Dialogue with Jürgen Drescher and Reinhard Mucha is on view at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. Since 2018, the art museums have been inviting artists from various disciplines to engage with the collection, museum history and architecture of the three buildings - Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Haus Lange, Haus Esters - and to explore them in new ways with the Collection Satellite project series.

Research

The collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld is continuously studied and questioned based on ever-new perspectives by the museum’s staff as well as external scholars.

Conservation

The objective of conservation work is the care of the precious items in the collection and their preservation of behalf of future generations.