Eugene Von BruenchenheinEugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910 - 1983)

About the Artist/Site

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein created art for over 40 years, and it wasn’t until his death in 1983 that the astounding discovery was made of several thousand works of art in his tiny Milwaukee, Wisconsin home. Von Bruenchenhein created paintings in oil, chicken bone towers and tiny thrones, ceramic crowns and vessels, and an extensive collection of provocative photographs of his wife Marie. His small home was literally filled to capacity with his art. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center was among the first to appreciate, collect, and exhibit his work. They have one of the best collections of his paintings, chicken bone towers, crowns, and photography.

In recent years, Kohler Foundation has had the opportunity to add to is already stellar collection with works and archival materials donated by Von Bruenchenhein’s dear friend policeman Dan Nycz. Kohler Foundation also led the conservation treatment of a large collection of ceramic pieces as well documenting, cataloging, and preserving a major collection of Von Bruenchenhein’s photography, many of which were still in original film canisters or slide boxes that hadn’t been opened or touched.


- Text courtesy of Kohler Foundation 


paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photographs, chicken bones

Map & Site Information

608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI, 53081 us
Latitude/Longitude: 43.7525321 / -87.7104213


Relocated (incl. Museums)

Original Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


608 New York Avenue , Sheboygan, WI, 53081, United States

Visiting Information

The majority of Von Bruenchenhein's oeuvre has been acquired by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and will go on permanent display at the Art Preserve, opening 2020. 

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