Ausstellungen

The Long View

Reinhold Würth and His Art Collection

 

Museum Würth 2 at the Carmen Würth Forum, Künzelsau

July 28 to March 19, 2023


Comprising approximately 18,500 works, the Würth Collection is rich in variety and special emphases. One of the greatest German private collections, it was amassed by Reinhold Würth in the course of soon 60 years in parallel with his successful activity as an entrepreneur. The collection reflects a personal view of developments in art from the late 19th century to the present day.

 

This explains why "The Long View," our first presentation of high points in the Würth Collection at the new site, traces intrinsic paths through the collection that still may be unfamiliar. This is the result of extensive collecting activities in the context of modern art, as reflected in three main areas: aspects of abstraction, nature and landscape, and finally, metamorphoses of the figure. Many classical artists are represented, including Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, down to Georg Baselitz, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, and Anselm Kiefer amongst many more. They are all literally at the heart of the collection, and intimately link the collector with it. The extensive holdings in international sculpture of the past forty years extend from Anthony Caro through Eduardo Chillida, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, down to Niki de Saint Phalle, whose works are on view in the spacious sculpture park around Carmen Würth Forum and lining the path between Museum Würth at corporation headquarters and Museum Würth 2. These pieces in particular form one of the most marked features of the Würth Collection, and their multifarious aesthetic approaches have found a suitable home in the green setting. Vice versa, the more reserved, light-sensitive works, the collection's "gilding", from Horst Antes to Andy Warhol, are housed in a protective space on the lower floor.

Gallery

Max Ernst, Untitled (Papillon), (Butterfly), 1923, Painted doors from the house of Paul Eluard in Eaubonne, Würth Collection, Inv. 10895

Max Ernst, Untitled (Papillon), (Butterfly), 1923, Painted doors from the house of Paul Eluard in Eaubonne, Würth Collection, Inv. 10895

David Hockney, Three Trees near Thixendale, Summer, 2007, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 12501

David Hockney, Three Trees near Thixendale, Summer, 2007, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 12501

Anselm Kiefer, Out of Dark Firs the Eagle Flew into the Blue, 2009, Würth Collection, Inv. 14971

Anselm Kiefer, Out of Dark Firs the Eagle Flew into the Blue, 2009, Würth Collection, Inv. 14971, Foto: Charles Duprat

Max Beckmann, Water Tower in Holland, 1942, Würth Collection, Inv. 18380

Max Beckmann, Water Tower in Holland, 1942, Würth Collection, Inv. 18380

Pablo Picasso, Nu debout et amour, 1968

Pablo Picasso, Nu debout et amour, 1968, Würth Collection, Inv. 3006 © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: Volker Naumann

Rainer Fetting, Mozart, 1985, Würth Collection, Inv. 830

Rainer Fetting, Mozart, 1985, Würth Collection, Inv. 830

Robert Longo, Untitled (Tiger Head No. 7), 2012, Würth Collection, Inv. 16200

Robert Longo, Untitled (Tiger Head No. 7), 2012, Würth Collection, Inv. 16200

Tony Cragg, Red Figure, 2014, Würth Collection, Inv. 16979

Tony Cragg, Red Figure, 2014, Würth Collection, Inv. 16979

Victor Vasarely, Ambigue, 1969, Würth Collection, Inv. 2624

Victor Vasarely, Ambigue, 1969, Würth Collection, Inv. 2624

Brochure "The Long View"
Würth Collection