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Current cabinet exhibition

Artists´ Portraits
Now in the Würth Collection: the Platen Photograph Collection

Adolf Würth Saal, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall

February 5 to November 10, 2024

 

Information on the current construction work at Kunsthalle Würth can be found here.

 

"The intensity of the moment - no other visual medium conveys this to us more immediately than photography. Snapshots distill spontaneity, vitality and directness as if under a magnifying glass... as if the period of a few hundredths of a second that fixes the flow of things... providing a sudden insight into the structure of life that can be grasped in no other way...," wrote Peter Stephan in 1999.

 

In Angelika Platen`s legendary collection of artists´portraits, which now supplements the Würth Collection of artists´photographs by further fascinating high points, we are confronted with artists male and female who evidently enjoy further artists pointing their cameras at them. Animated, Platen believes, by a love of experiment, those portrayed strike "incredibly strange poses" that represent not only themselves but what it means to be an artist.

Based on a fabulous Who's Who, the gallery focused on artists represented in the Würth Collection amounts to a Parnassus of 20th-century art. Both in terms of those portrayed and those who portrayed them. From Max Beckmann and Georges Braque to Andy Warhol, from Pablo Picasso to Niki de Saint Phalle and Frank Stella. And from René Burri, Robert Capa, Philippe Halsmann, Lee Miller and Man Ray to Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Albert Watson and Charles Wilp. Amounting to more than 200 works, this gallery additionally records how masterfully this still young medium with its artistically and technically diverse visual langage emancipated itself in the course of the 20th century into an autonomous art form. The intrinsically photographic process of shooting and developing has long since expanded far beyond its technically determined connotations. In many of their works, the photographers meet their opposite numbers (from their own genre) at eye level. Many images have a documentary look and are complexly planned. Yet they are still authentic. For it is the oscillation between intimacy and calculated distance that creates the sophistication that lends these images on display their special magic.

Gallery

Yehuda Neiman, Yves Klein, 1959, Würth Collection, Inv. 19391 © Yehuda Neiman Estate, Paris

Yehuda Neiman, Yves Klein, 1959, Würth Collection, Inv. 19391 © Yehuda Neiman Estate, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Oliver Mark, Louise Bourgeois, 1996 (2000), Würth Collection, Inv. 19338 © Oliver Mark, Berlin

Oliver Mark, Louise Bourgeois, 1996 (2000), Würth Collection, Inv. 19338 © Oliver Mark, Berlin

Rene Burri, Pablo Picasso, 1957 (2003/2004), Würth Collection Inv. 18962 © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

Rene Burri, Pablo Picasso, 1957 (2003/2004), Würth Collection Inv. 18962 © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

Pablo Picasso und Francoise Gilot, 1948 (2003/2004), Würth Collection Inv. 18964 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos

Pablo Picasso und Francoise Gilot, 1948 (2003/2004), Würth Collection Inv. 18964 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos

Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1954 (ca.1981), Würth Collection Inv. 19242 © Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos

Philippe Halsman, Salvador Dali, 1954 (ca.1981), Würth Collection Inv. 19242 © Philippe Halsman /Magnum Photos

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