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Kunsthalle Würth: Sport, Fun & Games in the Würth Collection | 13.12.2021-26.02.2023

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The exhibition “Sport, Fun & Games in the Würth Collection” looks at the phenomenon of leisure in all its facets. Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall is showing around 200 works by 98 artists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Willi Baumeister, Philipp Bauknecht, Walter Wörn, Donna Stolz, Tomi Ungerer and Barry Flanagan.

Image above: Pierre Bonnard – Le port des yachts, Antibes, 1914, oil on canvas, 46 x 76 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 18354, Acquired 2020, Photo: Archiv Würth

Les Loisirs (Leisure time) is the name of a new addition to the Würth Collection created by the French cubist Fernand Léger (1881-1955) in 1944. At a time in the middle of the war, he dedicated himself to the comparatively young phenomenon of leisure and its longing for peace, light-heartedness and idleness for all.

After the leaden months of 2020/21, the new collection exhibition at Kunsthalle Würth, inspired not least by this print by Fernand Léger, now also follows the pleasures (as well as the excessive demands) that leisure brings.

DEEDS NEWS Sport, Spass e Spiel in der Sammlung Wuerth Foto Volker Naumann, Schoenaich e-min
Donna Stolz – Show Me a Garden that’s Burstin’ into Light, 2007, Öl auf Leinwand, 280 x 200 cm, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 11324, Erworben 2008, Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

Leisure activities, whether in the form of sport or play, not only offer movement and inspiration, but are also important factors of artistic creativity as free spaces for thinking.

DEEDS NEWS Sport, Spass e Spiel in der Sammlung Wuerth Foto Archiv Wuerth 1 e-min
Tomi Ungerer – Mr. Muscle, 2004, Collage auf Papier, 27 x 39,5 cm, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 9838, Erworben 2003, Foto: Archiv Würth

Idleness beyond fixed rules, distractions in carefree freedom, daydreams, drifting, strolling around, hanging out, chilling or even fooling around characterise our leisure behaviour and find expression in the most diverse artistic formulations.

DEEDS NEWS Sport, Spass e Spiel in der Sammlung Wuerth Foto Volker Naumann, Schoenaich 2 e-min
Willi Baumeister – Tennisspieler mit Zuschauern, 1931, Öl und Sand auf Leinwand, 81,5 x 63,5 cm, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 9416, Erworben 2006, Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

Is the art world even the better playground in the end? On a light-footed course, the exhibition follows classic leisure topoi such as park, swimming pool, bathing lake, ring or arena to marina, racecourse or club. It is dedicated to play as a creative experience – from children’s play to parlour games.

DEEDS NEWS Sport, Spass e Spiel in der Sammlung Wuerth Foto Atelier Norbert Tadeusz e-min
Norbert Tadeusz – Karambolage, 2004, Öl auf Leinwand, 430 x 412 cm, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 14109, Foto: Atelier Norbert Tadeusz

Shows puppet and shadow theatre and finds the roots of today’s game and competition culture in the public games of antiquity, in which socially accepted competition sometimes led to death. She discusses why so many artists from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray or Max Ernst to Alfred Hrdlicka and François Morellet were as passionately devoted to the game of chess, which always had a touch of genius, as they were to boxing. Finally, it turns to the Ars ambulandi, the aesthetics of being on foot: it finds in walking the (artistic) access to the world that is thwarted by not walking, and offers visitors the opportunity to participate and exercise, for example in Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s WortSpielZeug or Jeppe Hein’s humorous (park) benches.

WHEN?

Exhibition dates: Monday, 13 December 2021 – Sunday, 26 February 2023

WHERE?

Kunsthalle Würth
Lange Straße 35
74523 Schwäbisch Hall

You can reach Kunsthalle Würth via Stadtgrabenring, turn off Bahnhofstraße.

Parking is available in the city’s multi-storey car parks.
The closest car park in the city is for Kunsthalle Würth:
P 3 “Alte Brauerei”
Mauerstr. 18/1
74523 Schwäbisch Hall

WHEN?

daily 10 am – 6 pm

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