The Leopold Museum presents “Amazing. The Würth Collection”, selected works from one of the largest private and most important art collections in the world for the first time in Austria. The show combines classical modernism with contemporary art and takes visitors on a unique journey through almost 100 years of art history.
For this purpose, two complete exhibition levels of the Leopold Museum will be made available for the 200 selected works from the collection for the first time from 5 April to 10 September 2023. Visitors will thus gain an insight into the great “collector’s heart” of Reinhold Würth.
Masterpieces from the Würth Collection at the Leopold Museum
Amazing. The Würth Collection at the Leopold MuseumDirector of the Leopold Museum and curator of the exhibition, Hans-Peter Wipplinger, had the challenge of selecting the highlights for the exhibition from the collection of almost 20,000 objects:
“As a reference to the museum’s founder and passionate collector Prof Rudolf Leopold, the Leopold Museum continuously focuses on other important private collections of international standing and presents significant selections from their collections. I am convinced that the multifaceted collection presentation Amazing. The Würth Collection not only congenially traces and reflects the insightful triumph of modernism, but also offers a very special enrichment for emotion and understanding in our time of multiple crises and is both a sensual experience and a process of cognition for our museum visitors.”
The diversity of artistic creation in modern and contemporary art
Amazing. The Würth Collection at the Leopold MuseumThe first part of the exhibition is largely organised chronologically and is dedicated to classical modernism. This ranges from Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism to Constructivist abstract tendencies, surrealist dream worlds and adventurous abstractions. Here one encounters works by Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Liebermann, Gabriele Münter, Max Beckmann and Hans Arp.
The second focus of the exhibition is on contemporary art after 1945, with works by Fernando Botero, Per Kirkeby, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer, among others. While outstanding artists from Austria such as Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer and Erwin Wurm bear witness to the passionate art collector’s great interest in Austrian post-war art.
Sculpture also plays a central role both in the private collection and in the exhibition at the Leopold Museum. Works by international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg can be found here, as well as Austrian representatives such as Fritz Wotruba and Alfred Hrdlicka.
“WHEN YOU VISIT A MUSEUM, YOU LOOK AROUND, FORM A PICTURE, TAKE IN THE WORKS OF ART IN THEIR ENTIRETY, […] YOU LEAVE AN ART EXHIBITION DELIGHTED OR THOUGHTFUL OR GRATEFUL OR PERHAPS SAD OR ANGRY. IN ANY CASE, YOUR EMOTIONS ARE INFLUENCED AND CHANGED IN A MUSEUM. ” – Prof Reinhold Würth
Audio guide to the exhibition “AMAZING. The Würth Collection” at the Leopold Museum on your smartphone
Amazing. The Würth Collection at the Leopold MuseumYou can also enjoy the exhibition about the collection at the Leopold Museum on your smartphone: Together with the Hearonymus app and the “Leopold Museum – Amazing” audio guide, the smartphone becomes an interactive guide to the exhibition. In 28 chapters, works such as Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, René Magritte and Fritz Wotruba present an extensive selection of works by a wealth of different artists that are otherwise rarely seen in this setting. Simply amazing!
The app and audio guide can be downloaded to your smartphone in just a few clicks. The guide can be listened to indefinitely and without an internet connection. Whether at home or directly on site. The “Leopold Museum – Amazing” audio guide can be listened to anywhere, as often as you like. The Hearonymus app is available free of charge in the App Store and Google Play Store.
Download the audio guide directly in the Hearonymus app:
(Just open the link on your mobile phone)
Leopold Museum – Amazing