Edwina Orr, Self Portrait with Lens, 1984 Hologramm, 40 x 30 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 20291, Detail,  © 2024 Edwina Orr, Foto: Volker Naumann

Current main exhibition

Imaging the Third Dimension
Holograms and Optical Illusions in the Würth Collection

Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall

June 3, 2024 until Fall 2025

 

Seeing and understanding - if only it were that simple. The exhibition with holograms and other optical illusions promises to be a visual experience that challenges our perception. We see images that change in the next second, that move and that allow more than one interpretation.

 

In the 1960s, this lively and scientifically based art set the tone. The works, which required no prior training, were the epitome of a democratic new consciousness. Far removed from traditional museum concepts, they were aimed directly at their audience, inviting them to participate - even if only visually - through their dynamic, sometimes even aggressive effect. Thanks to the rapid development of digital technologies, holography has once again become the focus of attention. Research is being conducted into holographic displays that will permanently change the way we work, learn and communicate.

 

For the first time, the Würth Collection is presenting a selection from the largest coherent collection on the hologram, with over 300 objects, formerly assembled by Matthias Lauk (1947-2009), which has now found its way into the Würth Collection. It includes works by all international holography pioneers since the invention of the medium in the 1960s.

 

Works by Victor Vasarely or Jesús Rafael Soto also stand for the trend-setting movements of Op Art and kinetics in this epoch, which the loner Patrick Hughes continues in an extremely refined and entertaining way with his three-dimensional pictorial objects.

“Self portrait with lens”, ruby pulsed laser master and 40x30 cms white light reflection silver halide glass plate made by Edwina Orr  © Edwina Orr

“Self portrait with lens”, ruby pulsed laser master and 40x30 cms white light reflection silver halide glass plate made by Edwina Orr © Edwina Orr, Photos: Volker Naumann

Victor Vasarely, EG-I, 1967, Würth Collection Inv. 5723 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Victor Vasarely, EG-I, 1967, Würth Collection Inv. 5723 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Photo: Volker Naumann

Melissa Crenshaw & Sydney Dinsmore, Untitled, Würth Collection Inv. 20135 © Melissa Crenshaw & Sydney Dinsmore

Melissa Crenshaw & Sydney Dinsmore, Untitled, Würth Collection Inv. 20135 © Melissa Crenshaw & Sydney Dinsmore, Photos: Volker Naumann

Günther Uecker, Weiße Spirale, 1991-1992, Würth Collection Inv. 4530 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Günther Uecker, White Spiral, 1991-1992, Würth Collection Inv. 4530 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Photo: Ivan Baschang

“Scream”, 1987, Animated 3 step pulse laser master and 50x60 cms white light reflection silver halide film hologram made by Richmond Holographic Studio / Edwina Orr. © Edwina Orr

“Scream”, 1987, Animated 3 step pulse laser master and 50x60 cms white light reflection silver halide film hologram made by Richmond Holographic Studio / Edwina Orr. © Edwina Orr, Photos: Volker Naumann

Exhibition insight with: Victor Vasarely, EG-I, 1967, Würth Collection, Inv. 5723 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Photo: Würth / Ufuk Arslan

Exhibition insight with: Victor Vasarely, EG-I, 1967, Würth Collection, Inv. 5723 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024, Photo: Würth / Ufuk Arslan

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie No.2216 (Caracas, 1988), Würth Collection Inv. 6372 © Carlos Cruz-Diez  Bridgeman Images, 2024

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie No.2216 (Caracas, 1988), Würth Collection Inv. 6372 © Carlos Cruz-Diez Bridgeman Images, 2024

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