Special Event: The Würth Collection
On the invitation of Mr Manfred Kurtz, managing director in Berlin of the Würth Group, well over 70 members of Willkommen in Berlin gathered in the Martin Gropius Bau to view the "Von Hockney bis Holbein" (From Hockney to Holbein. The Würth Collection in Berlin) exhibition. The deputy director of the museum, Dr. Susanne Rockweiler, described the immense museum building to the international visitors and how the vast Würth exhibition from Baden-Württemberg fills the space. The Würth Collection is one of the largest private collections in Europe. It encompasses close to 17,000 objects of art. The most prominent artists of classical Modernism are represented in the collection, as are medieval masterpieces and contemporary art classics. Almost 400 works of art are on display in 30 rooms in the Gropius Bau: particularly impressive is the gloomy, gigantic installation by Anthony Caro, with its reference to the Balkan War of the 1990s. Also featured is Emil Nolde's "Wolkenspiegelung in der Marsch" (Cloud reflection in marshland), the very first artwork acquired by industrialist Reinhold Würth.