The LWL-Museum possesses a large collection of artists’ works on paper, which encompasses printmaking, drawings, watercolours and book art.


The works of Israhel van Meckenem and Heinrich Aldegrever, two important Westphalian engravers during the Renaissance, both deserve an initial mention. August Macke’s works on paper are one of the absolute highlights of the Modern section, which also includes important works by other such artists as Bernhard Pankok, Emil Nolde and Willi Baumeister. The collection of contemporary works includes ones by Eduardo Chillida and Stephan Baumkötter. The inventory of works on paper from the Skulptur Projekte archive also deserves to be mentioned.

The Diepenbroick portrait archive is of particular importance, consisting of 120,000 sheets, together with the poster collection of approximately 30,000 items. There is also the regional history section’s numerous works on paper, including maps, official documents, building plans and caricatures.