LORE BERT. Würth Collection and loans

From June 13, 2023 to January 7, 2024, the Musée Würth presents a double exhibition featuring a selection of representative works of geometric abstraction from the Würth Collection. On the first floor, the LORE BERT exhibition invites visitors to discover the world of an artist dedicated to geometric forms and ornamental motifs. These shapes, inspired by architecture, nature and science, find their support in silky Japanese paper. Upstairs, the theme continues with the RADICAL exhibition, featuring a collection of geometric abstraction from the second half of the 20th century. Less well known to visitors, this abstract art is nonetheless one of the pillars of the Würth Collection and a major focus of interest for collector Reinhold Würth.

Lore Bert was born on 2 July 1936 in Gießen, Germany. She began her art studies in Darmstadt and continued them at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin, where she studied with the sculptor and teacher
Hans Uhlmann, who introduced her to questions of volume and spatiality. Lore Bert’s artistic work develops from precious papers from Japan, Nepal, Korea or China. Paper becomes her favourite material. Used in the form of collage, as a support for painting or even materialized in the form of sculpture, paper is not only omnipresent but also literally invades the exhibition space in her monumental installations, as shown by Art and Knowledge dedicated to Plato’s fi ve solids. Lore Bert is also interested in the use of light, in particular the use of neon tubes as a means of inscription. This interest in the graphics of Chinese signs, symbols and ideograms is rooted in her many travels around the world. Architectural ornaments and geometrical motifs also fi nd their place in her work and it was precisely during a stay in Egypt that she added papyrus and gold leaf to her practice and her colour palette.

But Lore Bert’s formal vocabulary is also inseparable from an interest in the human and natural sciences. The world views of Galileo and Copernicus, the philosophical and poetic writings of Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Rainer Maria Rilke, Nicolas Machiavelli or Dante Alighieri, the mathematical theories of Georg Cantor or the logical relations (truth tables) constitute the intellectual content of her work. Lore Bert lives and works in Mainz and Venice.

Trilobes colorés, 2006
Collection Würth
Inv. 9611

Profondeurs, 2012
Collection Würth, Inv. 18132

Quadrilobes colorés dans du noir, 2016
Prêt de l’artiste
Photo : Dr. phil. Dorothea van der Koelen