WATER, CLOUDS, WIND
ELEMENTARY AND WEATHER PHENOMENA
IN WORKS OF THE WÜRTH COLLECTION
FROM FEBRUARY 28, 2023 TO FEBRUARY 16, 2025
They determine the climate of our planet Earth and are part of our everyday life: water, clouds and wind in all their forms. They have fascinated mankind since time immemorial and are reflected in art.
Water is a key element of human history. Thanks to its many manifestations (as spring water, river, stream, ocean, but also in the swamp, as spray or still lake), water found a rich expression in the formation of symbols: in mythology, religion, philosophy, art and psychology. It is closely connected with concepts such as creation and destruction, life and death, fertility and transience, as well as with the subconscious. The history of its development and use goes back to the earliest settlements.
In interaction with the water are the wind in its manifestations, which can express themselves as a whirlwind as well as in the eerie calm, and also the clouds with their constant shape changes and their volatility. Beneficial and yet also ominous, these phenomena inspire the myths, literary texts and works of art of every region and every era.
The works in the Würth Collection contain a multitude of references to these natural phenomena, a selection of which is now on display at Forum Würth Rorschach.