José Carlos Viana, Croquis, Works on Paper and Paintings

13 June to 6 October 2024

José Carlos Viana’s colour compositions initially materialise as croquis – first versions on paper – which are then repeated in larger formats on paper or canvas. Combinations, repetitions, copies, reproductions and collages therefore feature prominently in his work. His drafts for pictures always exude dynamism, energy and rhythm, and are reminiscent of the sounds of the jazz music that accompanies him while he is working in his studio.
The artist was born in Lisbon in 1937. His work exhibits a diverse range of sources of inspiration. The self-taught artist’s fascination with modern painting, in particular Impressionism, Dadaism and Cubism, is perceptible in his works. Another important source of inspiration for him are his sojourns on the Portuguese coast.
During his career in the Würth Group, Viana held different management functions – among others, as founder of todays Würth Finance International B.V. He remained on the supervisory board of Würth Finance International B.V. as a delegate until 2010. Viana has been preoccupied with art since his childhood. Self-taught and committed to the fine arts all his life, he attended drawing and painting courses in Portugal, the United States and Switzerland, and repeatedly accompanied the entrepreneur and art collector Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth on visits to international exhibitions.
Today José Carlos Viana lives in Zurich and works in his studio on Zürichberg.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.




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.

April 26 – October 20, 2024

There are themes and motifs in art that continue to have an impact from the past into the present. We find them first and foremost in references and adaptations. The contemporary representations naturally change and lead to inspiring new interpretations. In works by Markus Lüpertz, Stephan Balkenhol, Fernando Botero and Marc Quinn, the exhibition offers vivid examples of this timeless dialog that art is capable of conducting, making it both inexhaustible and meaningful for people.

Further information on the accompanying events can be found here.

Forest Fascination
Trees and Woods in Paintings and Sculptures. Würth Collection
23 March 2024 – 3 August 2025

Forest Fascination! – No subject in art history can easily surpass the forest in terms of expressiveness and the variety of interpretations associated with it. The exhibition at Forum Würth Arlesheim brings together around 60 significant works from the Würth Collection, from Alfred Sisley to Anselm Kiefer. Changing artistic positions provide an insight into the fascination and significance of the forest and trees for people and the visual arts.
A separate forest experience room with sensory impulses and an audio forest walk in the neighbouring Reinacher Heide nature reserve also build a bridge to the surrounding area and enable further individual forest experiences directly on site.

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Gunter Damisch – Parts of the Whole. Würth Collection

From 15 June 2023 to 2 June 2024

The work of the Austrian artist Gunter Damisch (1958-2016) represents a cosmos of its own, oscillating between sculpture, graphics, drawing and painting. In his paintings you can find color-intensive structures and forms, which sometimes remind of a view through a microscope. They show a section of the big whole, which is captured by the artist at a particular moment. The titles of the paintings poetically complement the narrative moment.

This level unfolds its richness of form not only in the artist’s paintings and drawings, but is also transferred into three-dimensionality. Here, the microcosm suddenly evolves into a self-contained macrocosm, where the artist’s passion for small found objects from nature gives rise to new worlds made of cones, flowers, stems, or even animal bones. Cast in bronze and aluminum, they become a piece of eternity.

The monographic exhibition at Forum Würth Rorschach is based on 42 works by Gunter Damisch, which have been part of the Würth Collection for many years and also represent one of the most important focal points of the collection – Austrian art.

More information on the exhibition 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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