FROM A TO Z
ARTISTS’ BOOKS
in the Würth Collection
17 July 2020 to 18 July 2021

It may seem a bit confusing to refer to everything that is on show here as “books”, given that so very different forms are involved. Every book-lover will endorse the view that books can be art. Artists’ books, however, represent a special sector and have quite unusual forms of expression. There are numerous examples of such books in the Würth Collection and this exhibition testifies to their impressive diversity. One particular focal point is the early 20th century, when representatives above all of Surrealism and Dada undertook border-crossings between art and literature. Here the laws of chance and the depths of the unconscious played a vital role. Not only was that borderline between art and literature crossed, the book format itself was abandoned. Artists experimented with printing techniques, paper and the book production process, thus creating unique artistic syntheses. The differences between the exhibits also correspond to the diversity of contexts in which the books on show originated. The tour of the exhibition, therefore, becomes both a journey of discovery through the art history of the last century, and above all a great reading and visual delight.

For more information about the exhibition click here.

José de Gumiarães
From artist to anthropologist
Würth Collection and loans

1 July 2020 to 25 April 2021

José de Guimarães (*1939) has drawn his inspiration for sixty years from sources that are as special as they are personal. His anthropological approach and artistic eye is expressed in a distinctive, colourful, graphic and at the same time extremely material language. Around 290 pictures and sculptures of this exceptional artist have been collected in the Würth Collection by the entrepreneur Reinhold Würth.

Again and again José de Guimarães deals with the existential theme of life and death, which is not least of all dominant in most cultures; with his expressive application of paint of almost magical intensity he transforms it into an expression of unrestrained vitality. The exhibition at Forum Würth Rorschach documents the artistic development of this cultural border crosser. A part of his important collection of African sculptures will be juxtaposed with his own works that originate from the Würth Collection or were made available by the artist on loan. This leads to a unique and inspiring dialogue.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

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THE UNIVERSE DIETER ROTH
in the Würth Collection

17. July 2020 to 18. July 2021

Ingenious amateur, universal artist, jack-of-notrades – descriptions of the artist Dieter Roth (Hanover 1930 – Basel 1998) are almost as varied as his oeuvre. He is famous for art works that transgress all borders and surprise viewers, often leaving them musing, or amused. His works made of molded chocolate, shaped rabbit droppings, or rotten cheese are legendary.

Roth recognized the beauty of mould, the aesthetics of change, and integrated these spiritedly into his production of art. Transience, change and the processual are elements that determine his work.

Dieter Roth‘s roots as an artist, however, are in graphic art. As a qualified advertising technician, he was as familiar with the aesthetics as with the technical fundamentals of that medium and greatly exhausted their potential. Like few others, Dieter Roth created an artistic synthesis, which is difficult to categorize in terms of genres. He was one of those artists who consistently played out the dissolution of boundaries in the arts as of the 1960s and thus shaped our understanding of contemporary art in general. Roth’s cross-border works surprise and fascinate viewers to this very day. The exhibition highlights the most important periods in Roth’s artistic career mainly by means of works dating from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

More information about the exhibition you will find here.

Joan Miró – Everything is poetry. Würth Collection.

9. June until 28. June 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

21. May 2020 to 21 February 2021

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.

Find more information here.

Marc Quinn, 2019

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

Hanspeter Münch – LICHT. SPACE. COLOR

Würth Collection and loans
2 June until 18 October 2020

On his 80th birthday, Forum Würth Chur honors the work of Hanspeter Münch (*1940, lives and works in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe).
The pictorial work of Hanspeter Münch signifies a colorful event that has no equal. His abstract paintings, which nevertheless allow us to experience diverse, above all natural associations, are as intoxicating as they are constructed. For countless layers of pigments create the depth of expression that fascinates us who look at them.
In 1994, the entrepreneur and collector Reinhold Würth acquired the first painting by Hanspeter Münch, who is represented in the Würth Collection with several works today. On this basis, the exhibition shows in selected, even very recent paintings the consistent preoccupation of this exceptional artist with the painting of this exceptional artist with painting.

Information on the accompanying program can be found 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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