Current Exhibitions

SPORTS, FUN & GAMES
in the Würth Collection

December 13, 2021 to February 26, 2023

Les Loisirs (Leisure), a new acquisition in the Würth Collection, was created by the French Cubist Fernand Léger (1881–1955) in 1944. While war was still raging, in other words, the artist devoted himself to the comparatively new phenomenon of leisure time and expressed his yearning for freedom, a carefree life, and leisure for everyone.

Now, after the leaden years of 2020–21, inspired not least by Léger's image, we have rearranged the collection at the Kunsthalle Würth to reflect the pleasures (and challenges) entailed by the phenomenon of leisure. Activities we enjoy in our free time, whether sports or games, not only provide exercise and recreation but, giving scope for untrammeled thought, are important sources of artistic creativity. Enjoyment beyond hard and fast rules, innocent pastimes, daydreams, letting oneself go, hanging around, chilling out - all these are aspects of our leisure behavior and can spark creative work.

Might the art world in fact amount to the best of all playgrounds? Our exhibition gives an informal review of such classical leisure activities as going to the park, taking a swim, visiting the circus or stadium, down to enjoying the marina, racecourse or club. It is devoted to play as a creative experience, from childish fooling to social games. It includes puppet and shadow theater and discovers, in the public games of antiquity, when socially accepted competition could even end in death, the roots of today's game and contest culture. It sheds light on why so many artists, from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner through Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Max Ernst, down to Alfred Hrdlicka and François Morellet were as devoted to chess and its cachet of genius as they were to boxing. Finally, the exhibition reflects on the Ars ambulandi, the aesthetic of moving through the world on foot, and offers an opportunity for viewers to participate and test their fitness in Hans Magnus Enzensberger's WorldPlayThings or on the humorous benches of Jeppe Hein.

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Donna Stolz - Show Me a Garden that's Burstin' into Light, 2007, Oil on canvas, 280 x 200 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 11324, Acquired 2008, Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

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Tomi Ungerer - Mr. Muscle, 2004, 27 x 39,5 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 9838, Foto: Archiv Würth

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Fernand Léger - Les Loisirs (Leisure), 1944, Ink on paper, 32 x 44 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 8633, Acquired 2021, Foto: Jakob Jägli Schmelz

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Willi Baumeister - Tennis Player and Audience, 1931, Oil and sand on canvas, 81,5 x 63,5 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 9416, Acquired 2006, Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

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Norbert Tadeusz - Karambolage (Collision), 2004, Oil on canvas, 430 x 412 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 14109, Foto: Atelier Norbert Tadeusz

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Pierre Bonnard - Le port des yachts, Antibes (Yacht Harbor, Antibes), 1914, Oil on canvas, 46 x 76 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 18354, Acquired 2020, Foto: Archiv Würth

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Artists in the exhibition

Stephanie Abben • Horst Antes • Asgar / Gabriel • Georg Baselitz • Philipp Bauknecht • Willi Baumeister • Charlotte Berend-Corinth • Jerzy Bereś • Max Bill • Pierre Bonnard • Fernando Botero • Heinrich Brummack • Naia del Castillo • Lovis Corinth • Margaret Courtney-Clarke • Richard Deacon • Christa Dichgans • Otto Dill • Jim Dine • Adam Lude Döring • Peter Dreher • Walter Eisler • Josef Engelhart • Hans Magnus Enzensberger • Max Ernst • Rainer Fetting • Barry Flanagan • Eduard Gaertner • Christine Gallmetzer • Günter Grass • HAP Grieshaber • George Grosz • Andreas Haider • Michael Halsband • Jeppe Hein • Hans Hemmert • Antonius Höckelmann • Karl Horst Hödicke • Karl Hofer • Peter Holl • Alfred Hrdlicka • Karl Hubbuch • Friedensreich Hundertwasser • Thaddäus Hüppi • Andreas Ilg • Robert Jacobsen • Klaus Jürgen-Fischer • Tuaovisiua Katuuo • Alex Katz • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner • Herbert Kitzel • František Kupka • Otto Laible • Fernand Léger • Max Liebermann • Martin Liebscher • Markus Lüpertz • August Macke • Marino Marini • Helmut Middendorf • Joan Miró • François Morellet • Richard Mortensen • Benjamin Muecher • Jan Nelson • Aurelie Nemours • Rodolfo Nieto • Johannes Olsson • Eduardo Paolozzi • Hermann Max Pechstein • Javier Pérez • Erwin Pfrang • Pablo Picasso • Camille Pissarro • Arnulf Rainer • Adolfo Riestra • Alexander Rothaug • Elisabeth Sabala • Salomé • Hermann Scherer • Bernard Schultze • Michel Sima • Karl Christian Sparmann • Heinrich Sperling • Robert Sterl • Donna Stolz • Norbert Tadeusz • Rufino Tamayo • Monica Tap • Jean Tinguely • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec • Klaus-Martin Treder • Hann Trier • Tomi Ungerer • Varlin • Andy Warhol • Hermann Weber • Felix Weinold • Lambert Maria Wintersberger • Walter Wörn • Erwin Wurm