Tomi Ungerer
Drawings, Collages and Objet Art from the Würth Collection

14 May 2019 to 15 March 2020

The French artist Tomi Ungerer was one of the major and also most provocative illustrators of the present day. His enormous oeuvre encompasses more than 40’000 drawings, oil paintings, poster designs, collages, lithographs, woodcuts and objects. Then there are his 140 books, ranging from social satire to fairy tales, including modern children’s classics such as “The Three Robbers” and “Moon Man”.

The exhibition at Forum Würth Rorschach, based on the rich holdings of 240 Ungerer works from the Würth Collection, provides a cross-section through the enormous and fascinating oeuvre of this highly relevant artist. More about the exhibition you can find here.

HIDDEN – Hidden Places in Switzerland

Guest exhibition

25 January 2019 to 21 January 2020

In the art project HIDDEN, art historian Catherine Iselin and photographer Kostas Maros explore what it is that constitutes the fascination of hidden places. Together they selected and visited 25 places throughout Switzerland which, for the majority of people, have remained inaccessible or hidden up to now. The photographs and texts that resulted from their search for the unusually usual, the strangely remarkable the variously unique, have been channelled into an exhibition and publication of the same name.

A major concern of the exhibition concept was to engage with the issue of how to capture a feeling or state and render it visible in an image, or how to evoke it through an image – without robbing that image of the magic of the invisible.

In the framework of HIDDEN more than 100 photographs of 25 hidden places were taken, a selection of which are now guests in the Forum Würth Arlesheim. The exhibition aims to do justice to the aspiration to translate what was perceived in those places into images and so facilitate access to what is hidden and draw attention to the country, the places, the people and the corresponding stories.

HIDDEN is devoted to places that are distinguished not just by being hidden, but above all by their capacity to evoke fascination and curiosity in people or to leave an extraordinary impression when they are perceived. At the basis of the project is the idea of taking an unbiased look at unknown places in one’s own country and giving expression to them through the medium of photography. The fascination of the hidden should become tangible through the impact of the images alone.

All the photographs are by Kostas Maros. The exhibition was curated by Catherine Iselin. More information about the exhibition you will find here.

Joan Miró – Everything is poetry. Würth Collection.

25th January 2019 until 26th January 2020

The exhibition “Joan Miró – Everything is poetry. Würth Collection” presents mainly graphic art from the late oeuvre of the world-famous Catalan artist.

From the very beginning, the works by Miró were one of the defining positions in the Würth Collection, which has been compiled in five decades of collecting activity. This monographic show at the Forum Würth Arlesheim now provides the opportunity to engage with this particular position collection in the within a more intimate framework and in greater depth.

The works by the Spanish artist – from prints and drawings via multi-part book illustrations to sculpture – highlight the artist’s artistic and technical diversity. After all, Miró saw himself as a “peintre-poète” (a painter-poet).

Joan Miró (1893-1983) is regarded as one of the famous representatives of Surrealism alongside his contemporaries Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí and André Masson. Like his companions, Miró also developed a pictorial idiom of his own. His aesthetic is determined by abstraction and characterised by symbolic forms and clear colours. His great recognition value is due to a highly distinctive pictorial idiom.

Although the motifs are seemingly spontaneous and improvised, sometimes even childlike and playful, they are the result of calculated preparatory work and, at the time of a civil war marked by fascism and violence in Spain, sometimes conceal their serious subtext.

This combination of works by Joan Miró provides insight into the artist’s life and work and at the same time points to multifarious influences: Paris intellectuals, theatre and poetry, as well as intuition and the natural forms of the Spanish landscape.

Find more information about the exhibition here.

From Head to Toe

Human Images in the Focus of the Würth Collection
12 February 2019 to 21 February 2021

Marc Quinn, 2019

All along representations of people have done much more than depict their physiological features. They were also an expression of changing ideas about being human. While in earlier centuries the portrait genre in particular was predestined to reflect the respective human image, today the fine arts are turning increasingly to the human body as a whole, something to which the title of our exhibition refers to. “From Head to Toe” at the Forum Würth Rorschach invites you to a fascinating visual discourse on the changes and constants in the human image today using selected works from the Würth Collection.

 

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Marc Quinn, AAA GTATA GGCAG, 2009, Bronze und Kunststoff 90 x 36 x 39 cm, Inv. 13583 © Marc Quinn, 2019

Horst Antes

pictures and sculptures from the würth collection

22.2. – 20.10.2019

Horst Antes (*1936), one of the outstanding representatives of New Figuration in Germany, became known to a large audience in his early years because of his motif of the so-called ”Kopffüssler” or head-footer. He created this art figure in the early 1960s and it is to be found in many forms, both in his paintings and in his sculptures. It has engaged the artist for decades due to its large physical and above all emotional scope.

Horst Antes lives and works in Sicellino/Italy, Karlsruhe-Wolfartsweier and Berlin. With the exhibition at the Forum Würth Chur, for the first time in Switzerland the Würth Collection is showing its extensive holdings of works by Horst Antes with which it can fully cover all the individual phases in the artist’s oeuvre.

Find more information here.

Literature for the Eye
24.08.2018 – 28.04.2019

Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Günter Grass
and Hermann Hesse at the würth collection

The exhibition Literature for the Eye presents three well-known writers in an unusual guise. It focuses not on the internationally acknowledged literary work of Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Günter Grass and Hermann Hesse, but on their less familiar activity as visual artists. The authors’ approaches to their artistic work differ strongly. Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s machines involving written and spoken words form a kind of playful digression generating what he calls “linguistic dances”. Günter Grass, who started by studying art, attached equal importance to his literary and artistic activities, combining both in many works throughout his career. Hermann Hesse came to painting by way of a personal crisis and, although he regarded himself as nothing more than a “dilettante” in the field, noted in retrospect in 1924 that “I would not have got as far as I did as a writer without painting”. That statement might stand as a general motto for all three authors’ engagement with the visual arts, which revolved principally around a fruitful interaction between the two artistic disciplines.

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