AMAZING. The Würth Assortment on the Leopold Museum.
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Round 200 works by 75 artists illustrate the (wonderful) number of Modernist and modern artwork manufacturing in probably the most complete exhibition of the Würth Assortment up to now in Austria
The Würth Assortment is among the many largest non-public collections in Europe and probably the most eminent artwork collections worldwide. The collector Prof. Reinhold Würth gave the Leopold Museum’s Director Hans-Peter Wipplinger carte blanche to decide on round 200 masterpieces from the gathering’s roughly 19,000 works for the exhibition AMAZING. The Würth Assortment on the Leopold Museum.
The presentation invitations guests to embark on a singular journey by greater than 100 years of artwork historical past. One emphasis inside the presentation of the gathering is on Classical Modernism, showcasing spotlight works by Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Liebermann, Gabriele Münter, Max Beckmann, Max Pechstein and Hans Arp. One other focus is on modern artwork, represented with works by Fernando Botero, Per Kirkeby, the married artist couple Christo and Jeanne Claude, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer, in addition to by excellent Austrian artists, together with Fritz Wotruba, Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer and Erwin Wurm.
“In a nod to the museum’s founder and passionate collector Prof. Rudolf Leopold, the Leopold Museum repeatedly shines the highlight on different vital non-public collections of worldwide renown by displays of those compilations’ highlights. I’m sure that the multi-faceted assortment presentation Superb. The Würth Assortment provides not solely an interesting overview of the triumphant path of Modernism however, in our instances of a number of crises, may even nourish guests’ minds and feelings, permitting for a sensual journey in addition to a cognitive expertise.”
Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Director of the Leopold Museum and curator of the exhibition
For this exhibition, the Leopold Museum has determined to dedicate two museum flooring to a short lived exhibition for the primary time. The largely chronological presentation shines the highlight on varied stylistic actions and particular person emphases. The works introduced within the exhibition vary from Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism, all the way in which to Surrealism and completely different types of summary artwork. Artwork after 1945 options with vital works by Georg Baselitz, Fernando Botero, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Anselm Kiefer, Per Kirkeby and Gerhard Richter.
CLASSICAL MODERNISM FROM THE WÜRTH COLLECTION
Impressionism The exhibition kicks off with the pioneer of Modernism Max Liebermann, who was one of many predominant exponents of German Impressionism. The co-founder of the Berlin Secession initially depicted scenes from rural and industrial work environments, which prompted critics to disrespectfully name him a socialist. Round 1900, he shifted his focus to depictions of the lives of the bourgeoisie. Along with his love of experimentation, the artist united Impressionist parts with an expressive fashion and influenced subsequent generations of artists. The works by French Impressionists, together with Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro, chosen for this exhibition are characterised by depictions of fleeting moments, reminiscent of atmospheric lighting. The Impressionists painted rapidly, intuitively, subjectively and infrequently immediately in nature. From the Eighteen Eighties, Impressionism unfold all through Europe, with exponents together with Paul Baum in Germany, and one of many co-founders of the Vienna Secession, Josef Engelhart, in Austria.
Expressionism One other emphasis inside the exhibition is devoted to Expressionism. The choice ranges from pioneers of Expressionism, reminiscent of Edvard Munch and Ferdinand Hodler, by way of the early Expressionist Paula Modersohn-Becker to examples from the artists’ affiliation Die Brücke, whose members, together with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, aspired to a life reform in tune with nature in protest towards industrial society. The artists surrounding the editors of the Munich almanac Der Blaue Reiter, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, – reminiscent of August Macke and Lyonel Feininger, created extremely expressive works. Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, to whom the Leopold Museum is dedicating a retrospective exhibition within the autumn, in addition to Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin, created Expressionist works of intense colours collectively from 1908.
Max Beckmann and Pablo Picasso Two adjoining rooms showcase works by Max Beckmann and the Cubist painter Pablo Picasso. Although they by no means met, they carefully adopted one another’s progress. Beckmann, who described himself as an inventive loner, refused to be swept up by the avant-garde actions of his time. Satisfied that artwork needed to arrive at a “transcendental objectivity”, he explored the existential dependencies that people are uncovered to. Picasso’s work, against this, is dominated by a zest for all times and sensual pleasure. The universally proficient artist was unsurpassed by way of artistic energy, stylistic vary and improvements in varied media.
Constructivist Tendencies of Abstraction The exhibition presents quite a few works by Hans Arp, who was a key determine on the artwork scene of his time. Along with his biomorphous works, the protagonist of Natural Abstraction created a counter world to the rationalism of a technologized and reason-oriented society. The artists’ affiliation Abstraction-Création, based in Paris in 1931, united completely different approaches to the theme of abstraction, amongst them concrete, constructivist and geometric tendencies. This melting pot of artists additionally included Sonia Delaunay-Terk.
Surrealist Oneiric Worlds Max Ernst’s contacts inside Dada facilities in Zurich and Berlin inspired him to discovered the Cologne Dada Group along with Arp after World Battle I. In 1922, he moved to Paris, the place he turned a protagonist of the Surrealist motion. His curiosity in experiments and coincidence led to revolutionary collages and assemblages, and to his discovery of the frottage method. Along with his fantastical pictorial innovations, he created mysterious oneiric worlds. René Magritte, a very powerful exponent of Belgian Surrealism, mixed naturalistic objects inside unusually ambivalent depictions and questioned the illusory nature of actuality.
Journey of Abstraction Two rooms are dedicated to the journey of abstraction, i.e. to the rejection of representational portray in its varied varieties. Works by artists together with František Kupka, Johannes Itten, Max Invoice and Sonia Delaunay-Terk illustrate the number of design rules, which vary from post-Cubist variations, geometrical variants and summary shade lyricism, all the way in which to Modernist tendencies impressed by the Bauhaus College.
Modern Artwork from the Würth Assortment The second a part of this exhibition degree showcases the Würth Assortment’s compilation of latest artwork from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Prof. Reinhold Würth owns a piece complicated of some 100 works from all of the intervals of the artists’ oeuvre by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which Christo himself known as the most important and most outstanding compilation of their works worldwide. Making issues and landscapes perceptible in a brand new approach was the frequent theme of all their wrapped objects. The next room is devoted to the work and chalk drawings by the Columbian artist Fernando Botero, who’s famend for his grotesque and voluminous human depictions. Subsequent, we encounter the neo-expressive panorama visions of the Danish artist Per Kirkeby. A strong distinction to those displays is supplied by the works, characterised by an ideal range of themes, of Gerhard Richter, who is taken into account probably the most influential worldwide artists right this moment.
Austrian Positions within the Würth Assortment Notably outstanding is the Würth Assortment’s particular emphasis, comprising greater than 1,300 works, on Austrian artwork after 1945. This largest compilation of Austrian artwork exterior of Austria is introduced with choose examples over two exhibition rooms. The tightly packed show begins with Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, the Actionists Hermann Nitsch and Günter Brus, and leads by way of Christian Ludwig Attersee, the summary painter Jürgen Messensee and Kurt Kocherscheidt, a member of the artists’ group Wirklichkeiten [“Realities”], to exponents of the Neue Wilde [New Fauves] motion, together with Hubert Scheibl, Herbert Brandl and Gunter Damisch, who from the Nineteen Eighties depicted their subjective feelings in an expressive and abstracting method.
Worldwide Sculpture within the Würth Assortment A central a part of the Würth Assortment is made up of examples of worldwide sculpture, which function within the exhibition with works by Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg. Famend Austrian sculptors proven within the presentation embrace Fritz Wotruba, who strove in direction of discount and concord, in addition to the political realist Alfred Hrdlicka.
Additional exhibition rooms are devoted to Markus Lüpertz, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer. Lüpertz’s oeuvre focuses on the re-interpretation of latest and artwork historical past from Antiquity to Modernism. Baselitz achieved worldwide renown within the Seventies and 80s together with his neo-expressive motifs, which he painted the wrong way up. The exhibition on the Leopold Museum features a sculpture by Baselitz, measuring greater than three meters tall, in addition to displays from his sequence Remixes, began in 2005. The exhibition Superb closes with a room devoted to Anselm Kiefer. In his typically monumental works, the painter and sculptor displays historical past, explores remembrance and leads his viewers into the darkest recesses of human existence and actions.
REINHOLD WÜRTH AND HIS COLLECTION Establishing the Würth Group The entrepreneur and patron of the humanities, Prof. Reinhold Würth (*1935), started gathering artwork within the Sixties. Over the next six a long time, he compiled 1000’s of beautiful artworks from the fields of portray, sculpture and graphic artwork from the late 14th century to the current. Prof. Reinhold Würth took over the corporate of his father in 1954, on the age of solely 19, after the daddy’s premature demise, and, over the next 4 a long time, turned the two-man enterprise right into a globally profitable enterprise group and worldwide market chief within the subject of fastening and meeting expertise.
Artwork at Würth In Künzelsau, the corporate’s headquarters, Würth opened the Museum Würth in 1991 as the primary in a sequence of museums. In 2020, the newest cultural establishment, the Museum Würth 2, was built-in into the humanities and congress middle Carmen Würth Discussion board designed by David Chipperfield Architects. It’s the fifteenth in a string of museums and artwork boards operated by the corporate throughout Europe as an expression of lived company tradition. Prof. Reinhold Würth and his spouse Carmen are assured that artwork, in addition to literature and music, is ready to overcome cultural, social and language boundaries, and to advertise common commonalities.å