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Cyril Lixenberg papers

Identifier: RHC-79

Collection description

Collection consists primarily of photographs of the artist and his work, exhibit programs and catalogs , news clippings and articles, correspondence with galleries, and a videotaped interviews and exhibits.


  • 1959-2013


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Cyril Lixenberg was born in Londons East End on July 5, 1932. He was one of 12 children of Annie (Sussman) and Morris Lixenberg. At age 14 Cyril was apprenticed to a gold and silversmith. He attended the London Central School of Arts & Crafts where he studied painting and graphic arts. He traveled throughout Europe and settled in Amsterdam in 1958. After the war until 1970, he used his Hebrew name, Shalom. He married Saskia Thomas in 1964. His landscape paintings were increasingly influenced by WWII and Vietnam, and then in a shift from abstract expressionism to geometric abstraction turned to making monoprints and silkscreen prints. Commissions to create art for buildings led to art in steel, poured concrete, and earthworks, and sculptures in plexiglass, stainless steel and COR-TEN steel and from this a focus on outdoor public art. An exhibit at the University of Michigan brought Cyril to Michigan where he made the connection with Grand Valley State Universitys Art Gallery Director. In 2013, Grand Valley produced a retrospective of his work and, through a major donation of his early work, received the distinction of owning the largest collection of Lixenbergs work in the world. Lixenberg died in January 11, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


3.0 Linear feet (6 boxes and 4 flat boxes)

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Technical restrictions

Format of some videos prevent viewing until they are digitized.

Source of acquisition

Acquired from Cyril Lixenberg in 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States