Current Exhibition

THE LONG VIEW

Reinhold Würth and His Art Collection

Presentation of the Würth Collection at Museum Würth 2 at Carmen Würth Forum

Since June 28, 2020

Comprising approximately 18,300 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 more than fifty 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.

Rainer Fetting, Mozart, 1985, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 830 © Rainer Fetting, Foto: Kathleen Mengede-Klüß

Anselm Kiefer, Aus dunklen Fichten flog ins Blau der Aar (Triptychon), 2009, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 14971 © Anselm Kiefer, Foto: Charles Duprat

Tony Cragg, Red Figure, 2014, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 16979 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Michael Richter

Robert Longo, Untitled (Tiger Head No. 7), 2012, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 16200, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Victor Vasarely, Ambigue, 1969, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 2624, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Philipp Schönborn

Pablo Picasso, Nu debout et amour, 1968, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 3006, © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Volker Naumann

Max Beckmann, Wasserturm in Holland, 1942, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 18380, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: Jens Ziehe

David Hockney, Three Trees near Thixendale (Summer), 2007, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 12501, © David Hockney, Foto: Richard Schmidt