The Collectors Eye« the latest Museum Würth
exhibition, is devoted to multifarious developments in the Würth Collection. It features a selection of recent acquisitions made during the past three years as the result of discussions between the collector, Reinhold Würth, and his Art Advisory Committee. The diversity and quality of the works reflect an attempt to close gaps in the collection by acquiring major specimens by recognized classics such as Max Ernst, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Rufino Tamayo and at the same time to institute and encourage a vital exchange between the art of the recent past and the present day. On the one hand, works by important protagonists of the international art scene come into their own right including Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Alex Katz, Anthony Caro, and Tony Cragg, who have remained consistently creative over a long time period and still play a seminal role in contemporary developments. On the other hand, current media-related approaches are taken into account, such as that of Tony Oursler, who envisages a complete reformulation of the contemporary visual language. Also on view are works by the temporary, hybrid artist duo Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon, whose virtually alchemistic sculpture installations not only explore the material aspects of the work of art but play on the verbal level of art perception.
A total of about 100 works have been brought together for the exhibition from paintings and prints through sculpture and video works to form an extraordinarily diverse and exciting selection. Our recent acquisitions are covered even more comprehensively in the accompanying catalogue, which includes about 120 works all told.
Each of these works sheds light on the continually developing collection process, reflected in the exhibition by juxtapositions of selected individual approaches. In an interplay with the previous collection and its existing stocks, the recent acquisitions will find their firm place and add new accents to the inimitable profile of the Würth Collection.