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.

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, extended until 18 July 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.

UP FOR MORE
NEWS FROM THE WÜRTH COLLECTION ON ART CREATED SINCE 1960

From 17 April 2021 to 12 Februray 2023

The collection exhibition, which was previously on show in a similar arrangement at Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall, presents selected new acquisitions of contemporary art since the 1960s. This presents the company’s collection from a different perspective, as the new acquisitions have certainly taken new directions within the collection structure, even if they have at the same time further thought through and strengthened existing strengths.

The show presents a range of international artists who were groundbreaking, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. A great deal of space is taken up by the Americans, including old masters such as John Baldessari, Sam Francis, Peter Halley, and David Lynch, who, in addition to his work as a film director, is also successful as a painter. Stars such as David Salle and Frank Stella also testify to the wealth of artistic approaches that flowed from the USA to Europe. They strike new notes within the collection and provide surprising accents. But positions from Germany, among others by Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch, Jörg Immendorff and Markus Lüpertz are also represented.

You can 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.

More information

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