2012-04-10

DEUTSCHLAND - KÜNZELSAU - Space and Form. Robert Jacobsen on his 100th Birthday. Works from the Würth Collection and on loan

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Blick in die Robert-Jacobsen-Ausstellung im Museum Würth, 1992

 Foto: Würth



Robert Jacobsen is one of the most important representatives of post-1945 abstract art and is among the major artist-personalities represented in the Würth Collection. The Danish artist was born in Copenhagen in 1912 and received great international acclaim in particular for his metal sculptures.As Jacobsen would have been 100 years old this year, the Museum Würth is marking the occasion by devoting a retrospective exhibition to this multifaceted artist.

Robert Jacobsen chose iron for his art, using this malleable material in an additative process to make spatial constructs that point up a game with opposites such as instability and stability, dynamism and stasis, open and closed, balance and imbalance, heavy and light, compact and transparent. It was in Paris, where he lived as of 1947, that Jacobsen received the decisive impulses for his work, finding his characteristic idiom as a sculptor and further developing it with great persistence and consistency. He did not completely renounce figurativeness, however, and this often exposed him to criticism from those around him. He welded found pieces of iron together to make figures which he tenderly called “dolls”. These dolls were influenced by primitive, primordial art, figures from Nordic sagas and also African idols and ancestral figures of which Jacobsen was himself a collector. Given their unconventional composition, these seemingly magical, and in part even uncanny looking, dolls often have a humorous trait.Thanks to the almost 200 sculptures, drawings and prints in the exhibition, covering a period of almost five decades, it is possible for the viewer to reach an understanding of all the important periods in the artist`s oeuvre. The high point is a unique ensemble of sculptures created by Jacobsen in 1992 for the large open space in front of the administrative building of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG in Künzelsau.In addition to the works selected from the Würth Collection itself and those on loan from public and private collections, the exhibition will also include works by artist-colleagues of Jacobsen`s, such as Jean Dewasne, Jean Deyrolle, Auguste Herbin, Asger Jorn, Alberto Magnelli, Richard Mortensen, Serge Poliakoff and Victor Vasarely. As a result, various points of contact emerge that enable not only insight into the oeuvre of Robert Jacobsen, but also an encounter with French abstraction after 1945.

The exhibition is being organised in collaboration with the KUNSTEN Museum for Modern Art in Aalborg (Denmark), where the works will be shown from October 2012 to February 2013.


Museum Würth, Künzelsau     2012.03.04 - 03.10.2012


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