Günter Grass (Capena, Rome)

Günter Grass – Watercolors, drawings, and sculptures from the Würth Collection
Art Forum Würth Capena
13.06.11 – 07.01.12

Art Forum Würth Capena is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by author, painter, sculptor and graphic artist Günter Grass. Born in Danzica on 16 October 1927, Grass is most known to the international public for his literary work including Il tamburo di latta, for which he was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The exhibition presents over one hundred works spanning the period between 1952 and the beginning of this century: from unique sculptures to entire series of drawings, the latter which have often been an integral part of his writings. Combining writing with painting, texts and images complete one another in a harmonious fusion. Examples include Mostrare la lingua (1987), in which drawings and watercolors are filled with writings, and Il mio secolo (1997-1999), where images are used to illustrate and support a text. His Aquadichte works (Aquarell: watercolor, Gedichte: poem) represent a unique genre in which watercolor and poetry are joined.

Those who have “experienced” history have been endowed with a critical and scrupulous eye in observing the last century. Stories become images through the use of varying techniques: from ink on paper in Mostrare la Lingua, to watercolor in Reperti per non lettori and Il mio secolo.
Here the spectator is afforded the opportunity to take a journey into the last century and view it through the eyes of one of its most controversial protagonists, at once heavily contested and highly regarded for his literary genius.

The name Gruppo Würth is indissolubly linked to art and culture. With a core service of providing art installation supplies, Würth also owns numerous exhibition spaces located at the many company branches worldwide, further to an extensive collection of masterpieces which counts over 14,000 works of art.

From 2006 Art Forum Würth Capena also offers a temporary exhibition program, structured mainly around the works in the Corporate Collection. Faithful to its name, the company proposes itself as an open forum in which to meet, debate, and assist to concerts and screenings. The exhibitions are always further enriched by special projects and educational activities for young audiences, such as guided tours and labs.